Culture Reframed


September 21, 2021 6:00 pm

The New York Women’s Bar Association presents
Growing up in a Porn Culture: How Hypersexualized Images Undermine Healthy Development


Dr. Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology; President, Culture Reframed

In light of the contemporary research on the harms of porn, it is crucial that experts and professionals tasked with developing healthy and resilient youth both understand the multiple social, emotional, and cognitive harms of pornography, and work to develop strategies to counter the misogynist messages, ideologies, and tropes that are encoded in the images. Toward this end, this workshop will provide: (1) a content analysis and deconstruction of mainstream pornography and hypersexualized images; (2) a detailed account of the peer-reviewed literature on the harms of pornography, and (3) a nuanced discussion of the way women are harmed in the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography.

This workshop will further explore the ways that social media platforms targeted to youth intersect with the porn industry, and how these platforms drive kids to mainstream porn sites. The porn industry, always hunting for new markets, is looking to cash in on the popularity of Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. And to keep porn under wraps, it’s often hidden behind hashtags and emojis that appear innocuous to the untrained eye, but are used as secret code to tag and search for particular types of porn.

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: via Zoom
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