Essay on How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

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Book Review:
Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality Porn is such an integral part of our lives and we don’t even know it. It shapes sexuality from such a young age that by the time we are adults it isn’t possible to separate the ideals from our perceptions. Gail Dines book Pornland: how Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality outlines clearly and concisely how porn as infiltrated our sexuality by examining the history of porn started as simplistic nude shots in magazines such as Playboy and Hustler, to the transformation into the more hard-core, punishing gonzo porn that men are ingesting now. She talks about how the media has incorporated porn into their use of advertising and how porn has been able to manipulate men into believing that what they are watching is consensual sex where women are crying and vomiting. The book opens the reader’s eyes to the dark world of porn and how it has become so much more than a simple tool to reach instant pleasure.

While Dine’s in depth explanations of the pain and torture that women in porn face is in the forefront of this book, her research into the industrialization of porn is one of the most interesting chapters. The chapter, From the Backstreet to Wall Street, focuses on the corporatization of porn allowing for it to become a more reputable business venture. In 2006 the global porn industry was “worth around $96 billion…with the U.S market worth approximately $13 billion” (47). This incorporates not only magazines and movies, but…

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