Pornland: How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture, according to Dr. Gail Dines, who is featured in the film Pornland: How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked our Sexuality (Media Education Foundation). From Internet porn to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into our lives, shaping our gender identities, our body image, and our intimate relationships. In this film, Dr. Gail Dines argues that the dominant images and stories disseminated by the multibillion-dollar porn industry produces and reproduces a gender system that undermines equality and encourages violence against women. The film offers an ideal introduction to the core arguments of the feminist anti-pornography movement.
Praise for Pornland
“If you think you know what pornography is — a fantasy, a joke, perhaps gross but ultimately harmless, something that’s ‘always been with us’ — think again. Pornland is a stunning documentary, solid in its facts about what porn is now, unflinching in its presentation of them, yet restrained in its tone. Women, men, parents — ignore this brilliant film at your peril.”
– Robin Morgan, author and activist
“Dines understands both the economics and cultural power of the pornography industry perhaps better than anyone ever has.”
– Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox
The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships
Eye-opening and disturbing, this film (Media Education Foundation) places the voices of critics, producers, and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role porn has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. The Price of Pleasure moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, and liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in our lives.
Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power
Disney’s animated films are almost universally lauded as wholesome family entertainment, enjoying massive popularity among children and endorsement from parents and teachers. Mickey Mouse Monopoly takes a close and critical look at the world these films create and the stories they tell about race, gender and class and reaches disturbing conclusions about the values propagated under the guise of innocence and fun. This daring video (Media Education Foundation) insightfully analyzes Disney’s cultural pedagogy, examines its corporate power, and explores its vast influence on our global culture.
The Strength to Resist: The Media’s Impact on Women & Girls
Over 20 years ago, Cambridge Documentary Films produced and directed the well-known films “Killing Us Softly” and “Still Killing Us Softly.” In response to viewers who expressed the need for a fresh, new approach to the topic, particularly one that addresses strategies of resistance and the personal stories of girls and women working at the grassroots level, as well as those working with issues of race, a 33-minute documentary was produced by Cambridge Documentary Films. It documents the fight against toxic and degrading messages to girls and women that dominate the media.
SELECTED VIDEOS FEATURING DR. GAIL DINES
- American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference “Media’s Impact on Youth Sexuality”
- Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
- How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking and the Social Construction of Masculinity. Hebrew University, Jerusalem
- Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism. London Feminist Conference
- The Illusionists, a film about the globalization of beauty
- Interview with Lateline, Australia
- Can Porn be Good For You: Debate with Ron Jeremy on Joy Behar Show
- Porn on the Brain, Channel 4 Documentary, UK
- Slutwalks and Modern Feminism: The Agenda with Steven Paikin, Canada
- Gail Dines interviewed, Icelandic Television
- Gail Dines Interview at Wheeler Center, Melbourne, Australia