A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.
September 27, 2010 9:44 PM Subscribe
Pornland. At the beginnings of the 1950s, porn was something boys indulged in behind the barn and creeps enjoyed in dingy little movie theatres. 60 years later, porn is everywhere. Michael Enright
recently interviewed academic Gail Dines
on CBC Radio's Sunday Edition. Listen to the interview here
Dines is the author of PORNLAND; How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality
There are 420 million internet porn pages, 4.2 million porn web sites and 68 million search engine requests for porn daily. And the language, imagery and ethos of porn have become the stuff of movies, music, books and advertisements. Our culture, our politics and our economy all have porn laced throughout.
All of this may sound alarmist, but if Gail Dines is correct, it should be alarming; if for no other reason than the effect porn has on how men and women, and especially young men and women have come to define who they are, how they relate and what relationships and intimacy really mean.
Dines goes further. Given that the average boy first sees porn at the age of 11, we are raising a generation of boys who are cruel, bored and desensitized.
Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston and the author most recently of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality. It's a startling book and it's a rough, harsh read and rightly so. Porn is an ugly world and getting uglier all the time.