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Gail Dines

How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

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Pornland by Gail Dines is a thought-provoking exploration of the influence of pornography on our society. It examines the harmful effects it has on individuals, relationships, and culture as a whole.

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    A sexual revolution unfolds

    Like all good stories, ours starts at the beginning. How did we reach our current perceptions and portrayals of pornography? Well, to truly grasp the present, we need to rewind a bit. Remember, it wasn’t so long ago that pornography was whispered about in hushed tones. So, what changed?

    Let's travel to the 1950s, a time of change, a postwar economic boom, and emerging cultural shifts. Enter Hugh Hefner and his new Playboy magazine. In it, Hefner brought forth a portrayal of a sophisticated bachelor existence, synchronizing with the cultural shifts and burgeoning consumerism of the times. The inception of Playboy wasn’t just about exhibitionism – it was also a calculated move to integrate an extravagant lifestyle and evolving societal principles with the burgeoning acceptance of explicit content – in other words, a cultural revolution in the making.

    Hefner was soon joined by Bob Guccione, who in 1965 brought Penthouse magazine into the world. His aim? To rival Playboy by offering content that was considered even more daring. Guccione, forsaking initial advertising revenue, played a long game, enhancing the explicitness of Penthouse to attract a growing demographic hungry for more vivid content. This rivalry escalated the already burgeoning competition, transforming the essence of mainstream pornography. Each publication, in its bid to outshine the other, ventured further into the unexplored realms of explicit content, hence attracting a diverse readership, broadening the spectrum and acceptance of explicit content in the process. Sounds familiar, right? This relentless pushing of boundaries is still with us in today's evolving explicit content landscape, one where acts once considered taboo are becoming part of the pornographic mainstream.

    This evolution brings up big questions. Is it just about pushing the envelope, or is it more about how porn has become a part of mainstream culture, changing the way we think and live? The spread and acceptance of explicit content haven’t stayed within the pages of magazines – they’ve significantly influenced how we view sex and relationships. This connection meant that, by the time the internet started to become a household staple, the groundwork had been set. Society was ready to accept pornography as a regular part of life, not just some isolated, shameful industry. 

    But this acceptance has a price. It obscures the deep impact of a culture filled with images and stories that can strip away our humanity, reducing us to objects, devoid of respect and self-control. It makes us question whether we’ve gotten tangled in a system that turns intimacy and human connection into products, overlooking the real value of genuine human interactions.

    Looking at the journeys of Playboy and Penthouse shows us that it’s not just about how adult content has changed – it’s about how it has lined up with changes in our societal norms and consumer desires. The rivalry and creativity of these magazines played a key role in changing how society sees and feels about explicit content, embedding it deeply in our everyday lives. And this leads to another question: Is this just normal cultural growth, or is it the start of a deeper loss of our human values and respect? We’ll explore this question in the next blink.

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    What is Pornland about?

    Pornland (2010) invites you to dive deep into the world of modern pornography and its implications. Discover how the industry's evolution has led to the commodification of women, reshaping societal norms and expectations. Embark on a thought-provoking journey that challenges perceptions of intimacy in our digital age.

    Pornland Review

    Pornland (2010) explores the disturbing realities of the porn industry and its impact on society. Here are three reasons why this book is a worthwhile read:

    • It provides a deep analysis of the harmful effects of pornography, revealing the dark side of an industry often romanticized by society.
    • By combining research and personal stories, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of how pornography influences relationships, self-image, and sexual behavior.
    • With its thought-provoking insights and eye-opening accounts, Pornland keeps readers engaged from start to finish, challenging them to critically examine the pervasive influence of pornography.

    Who should read Pornland?

    • Students of gender studies
    • Those worried about the media's portrayal of sexuality
    • Advocates for healthier intimacy standards

    About the Author

    Gail Dines is a renowned scholar, activist, and professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston. Best known for her groundbreaking work on media and gender, she's the author of influential titles such as Reviving Ophelia and Misogyny in Media & Culture.

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