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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (May 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260161
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ben Shapiro is quickly emerging as one of our most refreshing and insightful voices on the popular culture." -- Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio host and film critic

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Talkin’ about my generation? It’s the Porn Generation

It’s everywhere, from commercials to New York Times bestsellers to college (and even younger) classrooms. In fact, pornography has become such a part of normal life in 21st century America that many teens and twenty-somethings have had no more important influence. They are the porn generation, where life’s expectations come from Mouseketeer pop tarts, Victoria’s Secret, Internet titillation, and condom-flogging sex education.

Tom Wolfe’s novel Charlotte Simmons told part of the story—but in Porn Generation it’s for real. Ben Shapiro speaks as a member of this generation, and the tale he has to tell is a shocking perspective on life in an age where moral relativism reigns on college campuses, oversexed narcissism rules the airwaves, and purity is the new sin.

In Porn Generation you’ll learn: · How porn producers see themselves as shaping and taking over Mainstreet U.S.A. · The real face of taxpayer-funded sex education: nine-year-olds learning about condoms; twelve-year-olds being questioned about their "sexual orientation" · The new collegiate do’s (accepting "sexile") and don’ts ("dormcest") · How Hollywood and TV have mainstreamed pornography: why porn stars now turn up regularly on television and in glossy ads—and why celebrities imitate porn stars · Mamas, don’t let your daughters grow up to be co-eds: why on college campuses—and throughout the porn generation—sexual relationships are as disposable as used condoms Is there any good news? Yes. A lifestyle of playing pimps and hos—even if dressed up in preppie clothing—can only last so long before disease, despair, and depression set in—and many in the porn generation are beginning to wake up to their tragedy. Ben Shapiro closes Porn Generation with a roundtable discussion that brings together the diverse perspectives of columnist and bestselling author Michelle Malkin, Dallas Morning News op-ed editor Rod Dreher, former Princeton chaplain Father C. J. McCloskey III, and columnist and bestselling author David Limbaugh to discuss how bad things have become and what the prospects are for bringing the porn generation back from the brink. Porn Generation is the book that will define this generation—and provide a warning for generations to come.


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Ben Shapiro entered UCLA at the age of sixteen and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Harvard Law School cum laude. At seventeen, Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate, becoming the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows and is the author of the national bestsellers Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future, and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House. Shapiro is married and lives in Los Angeles.

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If so, this book will change your mind.
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Indeed, his inability to truely articulate a coherent problem is only slightly less frustrating than his inability to detail a solution.
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Well, my mom is in her seventies and still can't set the time on the VCR.
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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on October 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure, but I think Ben Shapiro is the youngest writer currently occupying a spot in the conservative writer's pantheon. A student at Harvard Law School, this now twenty-one year old author published one book, "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth," before he was old enough to go buy a beer at the bar. Now he gives us "Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting Our Future," a treatise on public morality--more specifically, the decline of public morality and its consequences--that is a solid addition to the bookshelves of social conservatives everywhere. I don't know how Shapiro managed to write a book while studying law at one of America's best universities. I recently finished graduate school at a university several tiers below good old Harvard (or is that pronounced "Havahhhd"?), and I had trouble getting out of bed to show up in class on time. Writing a book loaded with statistics pulled from dozens upon dozens of sources was out of the question; I was happy if I managed to cobble together a thirty-page research paper by the end of the semester. Anyway, it's heartening to see a young man take a public stand against the corrosive effects of social liberalism. It's also, as we'll see, problematic.

Shapiro's book, which carries an "explicit lyrics" warning label on the cover (!), takes America to task for the lax morality that increasingly dominates all aspects of public discourse. No one with an ounce of sense in his or her head can dispute this view. We all know pornography via the Internet and, increasingly, through traditional forms of media cheapen millions of people's lives. Turn on the radio on any given day, and you're likely to hear rap music containing the most vulgar lyrics banging away hour after hour.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Nevermind VINE VOICE on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anybody out there ever in doubt that our culture has changed, dramatically, and for the worse? If so, this book will change your mind.

Shapiro details the changes with wit and skill, but the overall impression I was left with was one of horror. He points out that "moral self-destruction may seem to have no consequences for the individual, but the destruction of societal standards always has consequences...When the stigma left single motherhood, society felt the sting in rising rates of single motherhood and juvenile crime" (p 6).

No kidding. Research has shown recently that if a neighborhood is very poor, there is no correlation to higher crime rates. But if a neighborhood has large numbers of single mothers, then, always, there is a great deal of crime.

So why the heck is everything in our culture trying to undo marriage? Why is everything that Hollywood produces pushing sex without consequences, when everybody can see there really are consequences?

I can see it clearly in the young women I know, whose early promiscuity left them unable to truly love another person, whose lives are in shambles. One young woman (age 27 and from what used to be known as a good family) has cervical cancer from an STD she has, and plus she has an illegitimate child from a boyfriend who is now long gone.

It's time to see things in perspective and change.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on October 24, 2009
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This is a very well researched and well written book by Ben Shapiron, who was only 21 at the time he wrote the book. The purpose of this book is to document all of the ways in which our country's obsession with sexual hedonism is pervasive in the media, TV, movies, books, education, and all other everyday aspects of life. Secondarily the book demonstrates why this is bad for society, but the main purpose is to show that there is indeed a problem. I think this fact was missed by many of the negative reviews of the book. My guess is that Shapiro did not write this book with the intention of changing people's minds, but of showing them how ingrained an unhealthy obsession with sex is in our culture. From that point of view, the book does an incredible job.A good example of this is the chapter on teeny-boppers, who go from innocent young girls into all out sex icons. Shapiro shows that there is a similar trend in the stories of people like Spears, Agularia, Lohen, and others. As I mentioned above, it is very well documented and researched. Facts aren't simply stated without evidence. There are many personal stories and interviews that the author conducted at Harvard and other schools, making the book more "down to earth." The book is also very humorous and clever. It is clear that even if one does not agree with Shapiro's beliefs, he is an extremely talented and brilliant young man.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Channah B on June 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In an age of digressing morality, this book will challenge your perception of what's going on in society today. If you're someone who agrees with the premise, it will give you much to consider. If you're someone who wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole, pick it up and read it. If you're so sure if your ideals, it won't be able to shake them...right?
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NAVY04 on July 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Most of the negative comments on this book are just like those english teachers that give you a "D" or "F" because they disagree with your opinions. Unfortunately, many don't address the book for how it's written and how the material is presented. Shapiro presents well shaped arguments agianst the pathologically degrading nature of pornography and how it has ruined many people's lives. The truth is, there isn't much, if any, literature that provides "compelling" evidence that pornography is a good thing for our society and culture. Shapiro wants to inform his readers that beyond the glitz, glamour and riches of the porn industry, there is a very dark side. Personnaly, I think he does a pretty good job of it. Agree or disagree, his points are shared by many people, and should at least be fairly considered by any who are interested in the debate over the spread of pornography in our society.
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