http://PornHarms.com briefing. Dr. Gail Dines http://GailDines.com & http://StopPornCulture.org , "Pornland" author: http://3.ly/Ezev . Dr. Dines is Professor of sociology & women's studies at Wheelock College, Boston, an internationally acclaimed speaker & author & a feminist activist. Her work focuses on the hypersexualization of the culture & the ways porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture.
During Dines' remarks several members of the audience were noticeably affected by the repulsive, violent, degrading acts she described to demonstrate that today's pornography is not traditional Playboy-style images. Dines, author of the new book "Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality," described how pornography is the major form of sex education for boys, & as it seeps into mainstream media, for girls as well.
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"Bled dry of intimacy, connection & emotion, porn sex is reduced to a technical, plasticized, formulaic generic act that men do to women as a way to demonstrate the power they have over them."
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Howard Stern regularly features pornography on his show, & for this he was the second highest paid celebrity in the world in 2007; Hugh Hefner's life with his blonde, young & embarrassingly naïve "girlfriends" is the topic of the hugely successful show, The Girls Next Door on E! Entertainment; retired mega-porn star Jenna Jameson has written a best-selling book; Miley Cyrus, the former Disney star who is a role model to young girls everywhere is photographed for Elle magazine, sprawled on a table wearing S/M gear; & students at Yale University invite pornographers to give talks on campus. I could go on, but these examples illustrate how porn has seeped into our everyday world & is fast becoming such a normal part of our lives that it barely warrants a mention.
A key sign that pornography is now deeply embedded in our culture is the way it has become synonymous with sex to such a point that to criticize pornography is to get slapped with the label "anti-sex". But sex in pornography is a carefully documented &
orchestrated set of images, not a mere reflection of reality. Porn sex is a sex that is debased, dehumanized, formulaic & generic, a sex based not on individual fantasy, play or intimacy, but one that is the result of an industrial product created by men who get excited not by bodily contact but by profits.
Understanding that porn is an industry means that it needs to be needs to be seen as a business, whose product evolves with a specifically economic logic. This is a business with considerable political clout, with the capacity to lobby politicians, engage in expensive legal battles, & use public relations to influence public debate. Like the tobacco industry, this is not a simple matter of consumer choice; rather the business is increasingly able to deploy a sophisticated & well-resourced marketing machine, not just to push its wares but also to cast the industry's image in a positive light.
When I talk about pornography, I am often asked why I am getting so upset about pictures of naked women. Well, traditional Playboy-style images were bad enough in their sexism but anyone who is familiar with contemporary pornography knows that the days of naked women wearing coy smiles & not much else have long gone. Internet pornography today is filled with body-punishing sex where a woman is penetrated in every orifice by any number of men at the same time. As they pound away at her body, they call her vile, hateful names such as filthy whore, dirty slut, cum dumspter and worse, as a way to compound the degradation. Nothing is too painful or debasing for these women since, according to porn, they love it.
In the porn world, women are never concerned about pregnancy, STDs, or damage to the body. They seem comfortable with the idea that their sex partner(s) view their sexuality as something dirty (as in "dirty slut," or "filthy little whore). This is an uncomplicated world where women don't need equal pay, health care, day care, retirement plans, good schools for their children or safe housing; It is a world filled with one-dimensional women who are nothing more than a collection of holes.
The titles of movies and websites say it all: Anally Ripped Whores, Gag Me then F*ck Me, F*ck the Babysitter, Cum Swapping Cheerleader, Gag on My C*ck, First Time with Daddy, Brutal Blow Jobs & so on.
On one site advertising the movie Anally Ripped Whores, the text reads: "We at Pure Filth know exactly what you want & we're giving it to you. Chicks being ass f*cked till their sphincters are pink, puffy & totally blown out. Adult diapers just might be in store for these whores when their work is done."
It is important to stress that the issue is not artistic expression versus sexual repression. Porn is the commercial documentation of assault played out on real women's bodies who, like you & me, have real physical limits.