Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
In this multi-media presentation, Dines explores how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture and how pornography reproduces a gender system that encourages social and economic inequality and promotes a rape culture. Note: This presentation contains explicit images.
A book sale and signing will follow.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Development, Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Departments of American Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry for well over twenty years. Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media and she has written numerous articles on pornography, media images of women and representations of race in pop culture. She is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and is a founding member of the activist group, Stop Porn Culture. Dr. Dines’ latest book is Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.
Gail Dines is a regular guest on television and radio shows including ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CNC, FOX, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and has worked with Hollywood studios to develop strategies for creating progressive images of women on national television. She is also a featured speaker in documentaries such as Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist, Mickey Mouse Monopoly, and The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships.