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Gail Dines Offers Two Compelling Presentations

SUPERSEXED: POP CULTURE IMAGES OF WOMEN IN A HYPERSEXED SOCIETY SEX(ISM), IDENTITY AND INTIMACY IN A PORNOGRAPHIC CULTURE
The hypersexualization of women and girls is a pervasive feature of our daily visual landscape. From Miley Cyrus seductively posed in magazines to Britney Spears writhing around almost naked in her music videos, these highly sexualized images are so common that we no longer take much notice of them. As a culture, we’re desensitized to such images. Using examples from magazines, television, movies, music videos, and advertisements, Gail Dines looks at how these media images affect our ideas about the world and about our own lives, our relationships and our sexuality. She opens up a discussion about how popular culture shapes the attitudes and choices of young men and women. By teaching audiences media literacy skills, this presentation provides a much needed antidote to the toxic media environment that we now all live in. (This Slide Show does NOT contain pornography) From Internet pornography to MTV, popular culture bombards us with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and conveys powerful messages that help shape our sexuality. These pictures jump off the screen and into our culture and are now so common place that they seep into our gender identity, our body image and especially our intimate relationships. The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that limits our ability to create authentic, equal relationships that are free of violence and degradation. In this powerful multi-media presentation, Dr. Gail Dines uses examples from pornography, magazines, television shows, and movies to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a co n s u m e r- driven image-based culture, and the ways public images spill over into our most private worlds.

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What People are Saying about Gail’s Lectures

“A Gail Dines lecture is not simply an intellectually stimulating and  enriching academic experience.  It is a full-fledged campus event.  For many students – women and men – it is a defining moment in their lives. They will never again see – or participate in — popular  culture in quite the same way.” - Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of the educational video Tough Guise, author  of  “The Macho Paradox”

“Gail Dines  presents one of the most intelligent, best-researched analyses of the frighteningly vast and violent industry of pornography that I have ever seen or read. Her impassioned treatment of the subject is matched by her intelligence, scholarship and clarity.” - Robin Morgan, author, activist, and internationally renowned speaker

“Gail Dines is, put simply, a force of nature. Tackling an important but difficult subject matter, she provided the UNC-Chapel Hill community with an overview of the social, material, emotional, and political harms of the pornography industry and our pornified culture. She facilitated the presentation and Q&A with frank and honest discussion, critical analysis, and humor — a none-too-easy task to accomplish. She is, hands down, one of the most skilled and knowledgeable presenters I have ever witnessed.” – Matt Ezzell, James Madison University

“Gail Dines’ lectures are enlightening, her research is illuminating, and her passion is contagious. Never miss an opportunity to be in a room with Gail Dines.” - Polly Poskin, Executive Director of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

“A powerful expose of how the multi-billion dollar pornography industry affects all our lives.” - Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D Creator of “Killing Us Softly: Advertisings Images of Women”

This is an extremely powerful presentation of the demeaning portrayal of women in the mainstream media. Professor Dines’ sociological analysis makes the show highly appropriate for use in college settings.” - Dr.Estelle Disch, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“Dr. Dines brilliantly integrates feminist and sociological theory with the graphic visual images of pornography. Her presentation clearly demonstrates the function of pornography as violent cultural propaganda against women.” - Dr. Wendy Stock, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University