Event: Big Porn, Inc.

5 Sep

book cover: black background with 'big porn inc' in capital red and white text

A new book, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry, is being launched at the moment, and a talk will take place at:

Faculty Function Room
John Medley Building
Melbourne University
Tuesday, 13th September from 5:30 – 7pm.

 

Now, this may a bit of a controversial event (and book) as there are many within the UMSU Wom*n’s Dept (and outside it) who have differing perspectives on pornography, the variety of feminist responses to it, and especially some of the writers who have contributed to this book. The event is posted here in the interests of impartiality and exposure for all feminist-related stuff happening on campus.

Hopefully the event/book will be thought-provoking no matter where you stand. If anyone wants to attend, perhaps we could incorporate this into Feminist Discussion Group.

Three contributors to this new book from Spinifex Press will speak:

Dr Meagan Tyler:
Spectacular Sex? Pornography and sex therapy collide

Many sex therapists now recommend pornography as a form of
“treatment” and some therapists even produce their own “sex education” videos,
promising couples spectacular sex. But what exactly is the education and
treatment on offer and should we be worried about it?

Professor Sheila Jeffreys:
Live Pornography: Strip Clubs in the International Political Economy

This talk will examine the normalisation of the strip club industry and the way in which this is intertwined with pornography and other aspects of the sex industry.

Dr. Renate Klein:
Big Porn + Big Pharma: Where the Pornography Industry meets the Ideology of Medicalisation

Dr. Klein will talk about the medicalisation of pornsex and critically assess the increasing trend to call porn use porn ‘addiction’.

 

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About the book (from the Spinifex Press website)

It is now widely acknowledged that the unprecedented mainstreaming of the global pornography industry is transforming the sexual politics of intimate and public life, popularising new forms of hardcore misogyny, and strongly contributing to the sexualisation of children. Yet challenges to the pornography industry continue to be dismissed as uncool, anti-sex and moral panics.

With contributions from leading world experts and activists, Big Porn Inc offers a cutting edge exposé of the hidden realities of a multi-billion dollar global industry that promotes itself as a fashionable life-style choice.

Unmasking the lies behind the selling of porn as ‘just a bit of fun’ Big Porn Inc reveals the shocking truths of an industry that trades in violence, crime and degradation. This fearless book will change the way you think about pornography forever.

Contributors include: (Australia) Maggie Hamilton, Nina Funnell, Christopher Kendall, Susan Hawthorne, Sheila Jeffreys, Caroline Taylor, Meagan Tyler, Robi Sonderegger, Caroline Norma, Renate Klein, Helen Pringle, Betty McLellan, Melinda Tankard Reist, Abigail Bray, Melinda Liszewski.

(International) Gail Dines, Catharine A MacKinnon, Melissa Farley, Diana Russell, Robert Jensen, Jeffrey Masson, Chyng Sun, Julia Long, Diane L Rosenfeld, Linda Thompson, Hiroshi Nakasatomi, Anne Mayne, Ruchira Gupta, Asja Armanda, Natalie Nenadic, Anna van Heeswijk, Matt McCormack Evans.

PART 1: PORNOGRAPHY CULTURES

Gail Dines
USA
The New Lolita: Pornography and the Sexualization of Childhood   

Catharine A. MacKinnon
USA
X-Underrated: Living in a World the Pornographers Have Made    

Maggie Hamilton
Australia
Groomed to Consume Porn:  How Sexualised Marketing Targets Children 

Robert Jensen
USA
Stories of a Rape Culture: Pornography as Propaganda

Nina Funnell
Australia
Sexting and Peer-to-Peer Porn

Diane L. Rosenfeld
USA
Who Are You Calling a ‘Ho’?: Challenging the Porn Culture on Campus

Christopher N. Kendall
Australia
The Harms of Gay Male Pornography  

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
USA/New Zealand
Pornography and Animals   

Robi Sonderegger
Australia
Neurotica: Modern Day Sexual Repression 

Meagan Tyler
Australia
Pornography as Sexual Authority: How Sex Therapy Promotes the Pornification of Sexuality 

Renate Klein
Australia
Big Porn + Big Pharma: Where the Pornography Industry Meets the Ideology of Medicalisation

PART 2: PORNOGRAPHY INDUSTRIES

Susan Hawthorne
Australia
Capital and the Crimes of Pornographers: Free to Lynch, Exploit, Rape and Torture

Abigail Bray
Australia
The Pornification of Post-feminism: Why Roddick’s $ex Shops Are a Sell Out   

Helen Pringle
Australia
A Studied Indifference to Harm: Defending Pornography in The Porn Report

Melinda Tankard Reist
Australia
Sexpo and the Death of Sex

Sheila Jeffreys
Australia
Live Pornography: Strip Clubs in the International Political Economy of Prostitution

Stella
Australia
Dancing Pornography 

Melissa Farley
USA
Pornography is Infinite Prostitution 

Abigail Bray
Australia
Capitalism and Pornography: The Internet as a Global Prostitution Factory

Hiroshi Nakasatomi
Japan
When Rape Becomes a Game: RapeLay and the Pornification of Crime

Chyng Sun
USA
Investigating Pornography: The Journey of a Filmmaker and Researcher    

PART 3: HARMING CHILDREN

Diana E.H. Russell
USA
Russell’s Theory: Exposure to Child Pornography as a Cause of Child Sexual Victimization

Caroline S. Taylor
Australia
The Pornification of Intrafamilial Rape 

Caroline Norma
Australia
Teaching Tools and Recipe Books: Pornography and the Sexual Assault of Children

Helen Pringle
Australia
Civil Justice for Victims of Child Pornography 

‘Amy’
USA
The Victimisation of Children by Pornography: Victim Impact Statement of Amy  

PART 4: PORNOGRAPHY AND THE STATE

Anne Mayne
South Africa
The Power of Pornography – A South African Case Study

Asja Armanda and Natalie Nenadic
Croatia and USA
Genocide, Pornography, and the Law

Ruchira Gupta
India
Pornography in India

Betty McLellan
Australia
Pornography as Free Speech: But is it Fair?   

PART 5: RESISTING BIG PORN INC

Julia Long
UK
Resisting Pornography, Building a Movement: Feminist Anti-porn Activism in the UK  

Gail Dines
USA
Stop Porn Culture!

Linda Thompson
Scotland
Challenging the Demand

Anna van Heeswijk
UK
OBJECT: Challenging ‘Sex-object Culture’

Melinda Liszewski
Australia
A Collective Shout for Women and Girls

Matt McCormack Evans
UK
Men Opposing Pornography in the UK

Caroline Norma
Australia
Challenging Pornography in Japan: the Anti-Pornography and Prostitution Research Group (APP)   

Susan Hawthorne
Australia
Quit Porn Manifesto

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