The media bombards us with hyper-sexualized images conveying powerful messages about sexuality, gender identity and intimacy. These images are so commonplace that they form the wallpaper of our young people’s visual landscape. They amount to a mass-produced industrialized vision of sex that profoundly limits our ability to form authentic relationships free of violence and degradation. Dr. Dines explores the need to adopt a public health approach to this issue to develop strategies for minimizing the harm of living in a culture saturated with hypersexualized and pornographic images.
Dr . Gail Dines, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, has been researching and writing about the porn industry for over twenty years. Co-editor of Gender, Race and Class
in Media, she has also written numerous articles on pornography, media images of women, and representations of race in pop culture. Her latest book is Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.