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How the Porn Industry has Hijacked Our Sexuality


Duration: 35 min.
ISBN: 1-932869-94-8
Date Produced: 2014
Subtitles: English

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How the Porn Industry has Hijacked Our Sexuality

Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture. From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into our lives, shaping our gender identities, our body image, and especially our intimate relationships. In this multimedia presentation based on her acclaimed book, leading anti-porn feminist and scholar Gail Dines argues that the dominant images and stories disseminated by the multibillion-dollar pornography industry produce and reproduce a gender system that undermines equality and encourages violence against women. In direct opposition to claims that porn has delivered a more liberated, edgy sexuality, Dines reveals a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist and destructive - a vision that limits our ability to create authentic, equal relationships free of violence and degradation.

An ideal introduction to the core arguments of the feminist anti-pornography movement.

Sections: Introduction | Understanding the Porn Industry Today | Porn as Sex Education | What's at Stake?

Filmmaker Info

A Media Education Foundation Production
Featuring Gail Dines
Written by Gail Dines
Edited by Jason Young & Sut Jhally
Script Editor: Jeremy Earp
Motion Graphics: Jason Young
Additional Video Editing: Scott Morris
Camera: David Rabinovitz
Location Sound Recordist: Andy Turrett
Production Assistants: Sarah Marmon & Kelli Livingston

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"Dines understands both the economics and cultural power of the pornography industry perhaps better than anyone ever has."
- Jackson Katz | Author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

"Bravo to Gail Dines! She exposes a huge problem of our time that few people are willing to confront."
- Diane Levin | Co- Author of So Sexy, So Soon

"If you think you know what pornography is -- a fantasy, a joke, perhaps gross but ultimately harmless, something that's 'always been with us' -- think again. Pornland is a stunning documentary, solid in its facts about what porn is now, unflinching in its presentation of them, yet restrained in its tone. Gail Dines is remarkably compassionate to the users, men and boys whose humanity is warped by the sophisticated, corporatized, immense power and money of today's sex industry. Women, men, parents -- ignore this brilliant film at your peril."
- Robin Morgan | Author, activist, and internationally renowned speaker

"For two decades, Gail Dines has been the leading feminist critic of an increasingly cruel and degrading pornography industry. This video demonstrates why her work is more important than ever. Dines' analysis helps us understand not just pornography but a pornographic culture that poses very real threats to girls and women, and exacerbates the worst sexist ideas of boys and men. Pornland gives us to the tools to confront the toxic elements of popular culture, and challenges all of us to not back down."
- Robert Jensen | Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas

"This film featuring Gail Dines is a must see for anyone honestly interested understanding the porn industry and the pornification of culture. Gail's work has already transformed how many men and women think about the impact of pornography and helped change the framing of porn as "harmless" "just sex" to a major public health concern that has fused sex with violence. This film is a brilliant tool capturing some of Dines strongest points paired with images and footage that will not only increase viewers awareness but move them to to take action."
- Cordelia Anderson, M.A. | Founder of Sensibilities Prevention Services | Author of Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture

"Pornland is, by far, the best documentary on contemporary pornography every made. Gail Dines's urgent messages need to be heard loud and clear around the world. This video will be one of the most important pedagogical aids in all of my violence against women classes."
- Walter S. DeKeseredy | Director of the Research Center on Violence & Professor of Sociology at the University of West Virginia

"Gail Dines keeps pace with the galloping stride of modern technology in Pornland, succinctly illustrating how corporate investments in internet pornography have ratcheted up the sexism, degradation, and violence commonly depicted in it. If, when you imagine the content of porn, you think of cheesy stories of horny housewives and buff plumbers, watch Pornland, and consider that gonzo pornography is how many teens with abstinence-only sex education in middle and high school, learn to how to have sex."
- Bernadette Barton | Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Morehead State University

"This documentary fearlessly exposes the dark and dangerous character of the porn industry. Gail Dines cements her position as the leading expert in the field by exploring the cruelty and violence that characterizes modern pornography. She demonstrates with great power and passion how the porn industry is not just a harmless expression of masculinity, but a corrosive threat to our culture, health and relationships."
- Dr. Ann Olivarius | Senior Partner at McAllister Olivarius

"A must-see for feminist scholars who want a comprehensive understanding of contemporary arguments against pornography."
- Emily F. Rothman, ScD | Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health

"A powerful and efficient articulation of the arguments against contemporary pornography."
- Sarah Leonard | Associate Professor of History at Simmons College

"Dworkin argued three decades ago that 'pornography reveals that male sexual pleasure is inextricably tied to victimizing, hurting, exploiting; that sexual fun and sexual passion in the privacy of the male imagination are inseparable from the brutality of male history.' But while Dworkin seemed to paint all instances of pornography with the same brush, Dines provides clear evidence that the porn industry is moving toward more extreme acts of degradation and pain infliction. More importantly, Dines also describes how porn culture has seeped into almost every element of popular culture, shaping how boys and girls view relationships, their bodies, and their sexualities as they move into adulthood.... Dines raises important issues for communication and media scholars, such as the eroticization of misogyny, constructions of race and gender, and systems and structures of media."
- Brett Lunceford | American Communication Journal

"Gail Dines is an amazing one woman show! Her delivery clearly articulates the rise of the porn industry since the advent of the Internet -- it's not what it used to be. And the impact of the industry on the sexual development of young people -- and sexual relations between adults -- is scary. The length is perfect for presentation and discussion. If you're looking for ways to open up discussion about pornography, the impact of media images, and the sexualization of our culture, this is THE go-to video to start the conversation."
- Deb Ellis | Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont

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