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Growing Up in Porn Culture

Gail Dines doesn’t hold back when she discusses pornography and its harmful effects, calling porn “the butcher shop of women.”
Pornography is more graphic and violent and degrading than ever, it has never been so easily accessible – thanks to the Internet – and, as bad as the situation might seem now, it could get a lot worse, Dines said during a forum on pornography in Tusket, a presentation of the Tri-County Women’s Health Coalition and the Tri-County Women’s Centre.
Addressing those on hand for a public session that was part of the two-day event – Growing Up in Our Porn Culture – Dines spoke of the “urgency” of the pornography problem, saying many young boys – the next generation of adult males – are being exposed to hardcore material that is giving them a warped view of sex at a very impressionable age.
“Maybe we’re on the edge of what could be a disaster,” she said.
It’s pretty clear, she said, what the porn industry is doing by making a lot of Internet porn available for free – that is, accessible to those who likely don’t have a credit card, namely kids.
“When you get them young, you’ve got them for life,” she said.
Dines is a sociology professor at Wheelock College in Boston who has studied pornography for 25 years. She is also an author and activist.
Such is the abuse women are subjected to in the pornography industry, she said during her public presentation in Tusket, that the average porn actress survives about three months in the industry before her body gives out.
If such abuse was happening in another realm, she said, “You’d have Amnesty International jumping all over it.”
She described porn as “one of the single biggest health issues of our time.”
And yet, despite this – and despite the fact that pornography is a multi-billion-dollar-a year industry – few people seem to know about it or to appreciate the severity of the problem.
Tackling porn may seem like pushing a boulder up a hill, Dines said – citing the way it was described to her during an interview she once did – but she said change is possible, even if it won’t be easy.
Picking up on this theme was Clay Olsen, another of the forum’s presenters and one of the speakers for the public session, who shares Dines’ view that the pornography issue is serious now but could get worse if action isn’t taken.
He likened it to a “tidal wave approaching our shores … We don’t have the luxury not to address this. We have to.”
Olsen is co-founder and executive director of Fight the New Drug, a youth activist movement raising awareness about the harmful affects of pornography and sexual exploitation.
His organization has received emails from many young people who are struggling with an addiction to pornography. Fight the New Drug has an online program to help youth and many are enrolled and getting the help they need, Olsen said.
Pornography addiction can affect virtually anyone, he said.
“This is far-reaching,” he said. “It crosses all boundaries.
Like Dines, Olsen noted that pornography has changed considerably over the years, creating a disconnect between the generations.
“Parents and youth are using the same word to refer to something very different,” he said.
Indeed, he said, one of the major themes that came up earlier in the day during a session with youth was that parents don’t seem to understand what’s going on.
“It’s important that we bridge that gap,” Olsen said.
On a positive note, he said, “Youth are hungry for truth (about pornography). They want to make change.  It’s kind of awesome to see that energy from young people.”
He acknowledged, as other presenters did, that it’s a huge issue.
“We’re pushing that boulder, as Gail put it,” he said.
Like other speakers, Dines offered words of appreciation and encouragement to the organizers of the Yarmouth County forum.
“You have taken the lead here,” she said. “This is not going to be easy.”

Pornography ‘one of the biggest health issues of our time’Eric Bourque December 11, 2014


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