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Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity Paperback – September 1, 2007
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I wrote my thesis for my Masters in Women's Studies on sex work, so I can wholeheartedly say I've read most literature on pornography. Getting Off is one of the best books on the subject, and he brings the feminist argument against pornography into the 21st century. I admire and appreciate that he does not merely copy the work of female scholars, but rather builds upon them all the while showing how they paved the way for his analyses. I highly recommend it for course reading material for college instructors. This is an excellent text for anyone interested in understanding power, gender and sexuality.
Be warned that there are graphic descriptions of pornography in this book and it definitely should not be read by anyone under the age of 18.
My partner stopped watching porn after reading this book, he says it made him question why he ever watched it in the first place. It inspired him to start writing about feminist subjects and he has adopted a more empathetic, and less gender biased attitude towards all people. I never expected one book to create such a dramatic effect on him! I think that in jensens description of the "king of the hill" games that boys play in childhood pressured him to adopt a persona that fit with society's perception of manhood. This was something my partner could relate to and it helped him to better understand himself and the true reasoning behind his porn consumption.
For me the book showed me the reasoning behind the fetishising of dominance over women which is a recurrant theme in porn. I am thankfull for Jensen's graphic, and informative descriptions of scenes and sex acts in porn, alongside the disection of the apeal of such acts to men. when i first saw porn I thought men where monsters, seeing titles such as "use my daughter.Read more ›
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Years ago, I heard Dr. Robert Jensen speak about pornography to a group of college students. They were open minded about it and very interested in his topic. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lindsay L.
Wow. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. But what an amazingly empathetic, sensitive look at the consequences of pornography. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Holly Wood
This is an essential introductory text to critical pornography studies, feminist theory, and social justice. Written in a narrative style, it reads easily and quickly. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Corey Wrenn
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Great book and a fast read. Couldn't put it down. Hits you like a punch in the gut at times. Thank you Robert!Published 22 months ago by makdem
This was a difficult read. Very well done, very direct and utterly non-sensationalist. It must have been an absolute horror to research and write and I commend the author for... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Rabid Reader
I believe the material in this book for the most part could help the reader become more appreciative of the gifts that both the human body and the sexual act truly are. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Papo "Ponce"
If you've ever struggled with pornography or sex addiction I recommend you read this book - cover to cover - objectively. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Jay Daniels