Internationally acclaimed activist, scholar and social critic Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality spoke about the way in which today’s porn industry has become a cultural force transforming our sexual identities, attitudes and relationships. Here are 10 interesting takeaways:
1. The worst thing that could happen for the cosmetics industry is for a woman to look at herself and like herself. How different would our opinions of ourselves be if the only bodies we ever saw were real women’s bodies?
4. The only game in town for young women is the hypersexualized culture. Young women can choose to be fuckable or invisible.
5. The Internet made porn affordable, accessible and anonymous.
7. Mainstream pornography is becoming increasingly hardcore. Producers and directors instruct men to “wreck” the women as much as they can. The theme is the debasement and degradation of women.
8. In the racist porn industry, black men having sex with white women is seen as a way of debasing them. Additionally, black women are paid less and treated more brutally than white women.
9. Worker safety all but disappears when it comes to pornography because, as Dines said, “When it comes to women, who gives a shit anyway?”
10. Dines gets slack for being anti-sex because she’s anti-porn, but if she wrote a book about the hazards of the fast food industry, no one would say she was anti-food.