AirTalk for September 2, 2010

Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

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Pedestrians pass an adult video store in Times Squre March 15, 2005 in New York City.

Today’s vastly growing porn industry, estimated to have a $96 billion global worth, has come a long way since the 1950s Playboy pinups. Over the years, the commercialization of pornography has led to the drastic objectification of women and the dehumanization of sexual relationships, according to anti-porn activist Gail Dines. And, thanks to the internet, accessing adult entertainment becomes easier each year. In her new book Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, Dines warns that our society’s porn addiction is on the rise. Has the infiltration of porn damaged our sexuality? Or just added a healthy dose of spice?

Guests:

Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston.

Shira Tarrant, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She is the author of several books including Men and Feminism and Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power.


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