Gail Dines: “Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture” – March 6, 2012

From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and convey powerful messages that help shape our sexuality. These pictures jump off the screen and into our lives, and are now so common place that they seep into our gender identity, our body image and especially our intimate relationships. The result, Dines argues, is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that limits our ability to create authentic, equal relationships that are free of violence and degradation. In this powerful multi-media presentation, Dr. Gail Dines uses examples from pornography, magazines, hip-hop, television shows, and movies to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer driven image-based culture, and the ways public images spill over into our most private worlds.

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