Womens Magazine

Gail Dines talks about the violence of pornography

The mainstream has become increasingly outspoken about the increasingly violent and ubiquitous 97 billion dollar Pornography industry which makes more than the top tech companies combined with 3 billion made annually on child porn. Time Magazine’s recent cover story “Porn and the Threat to Virility” examines how men who watched porn as children and teenagers have started a movement against porn. But ironically within the feminist community there are some feminists who defend pornography and attack the voices of radical anti porn activists. Today, we will hear a talk by anti-porn activist and scholar Gail Dines, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, and author of “Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality.” In a talk titled “From the Personal Is Political to the Personal is Personal: Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism.” Gail Dines, explores how mainstream feminism has lost its way by fighting for the individual rights of a small group of elite white women instead of the collective liberation of all women. Dines argues that some third wave feminism offers a pseudo-empowerment to women who conform to the narrow standards of femininity set by porn culture. She calls for a feminism that is unapologetically fierce in its commitment to radical social change.

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