Special guest, Dr. Gail Dines analyzes the big business behind porn.
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to government agencies in the US and abroad, including the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Canada.
While popular Internet pornography today seems like it is being mass produced by thousands of companies, the reality is that there is a porn monopoly. Could this be good news?
Dr. Dines provides key insights into the corporate infrastructure behind pornography, and what might happen if the largest porn company in the world got shut down.
Call to Action:
Visit Culture Reframed: www.culturereframed.org
Read Dr. Dines' book: Pornland: How Porn Had Hijacked Our Sexuality
We live in an age where many consumers demand transparency from companies they trust. We want to know the working conditions of those who made our clothing, and if pesticides were used to grow our food.
Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which well-known entities promote and profit from forms of sexual exploitation.
No corporation should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation.
Unfortunately, many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America do just that. Since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen List to name and shame the bad corporate actors in America that perpetuate sexual exploitation—whether that be through pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking.
The Dirty Dozen List is an activism tool that has instigated tremendous changes, leading to policy improvements at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon, Walmart, and the Department of Defense.
This episode gives you a behind-the-scene look at the origin and accomplishments of the Dirty Dozen List.
Call to Action:
Learn more at dirtydozenlist.com.
Positive Thank You Action: Thank Apple TV for Keeping Pornography Off Its App Store and Apple TV
Email Action: Tell Comcast to Stop Selling Sexually Exploitive Content
Online library databases in many schools are piping pornographic and sexually explicit materials into children's lives.
We were shocked when we discovered EBSCO, and other similar companies, that provide academic resources for grades K-12 are not filtering out sexually explicit content. Even innocent searches return results like links to hardcore pornography websites, stories normalizing student-teacher sexual relationships, and articles encouraging group, public, and anal sex.
This is one of the largest scandals we've ever discussed, and it's something parents and teachers alike need to know.
Tune-in to learn more.
Call to Action:
Listen to our past episode #10 about filtering in public libraries: http://bit.ly/2m35tYY
Learn more and take action here: endsexualexploitation.org/ebsco