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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.
Jensen identifies himself right at the get-go as a feminist, and I must say, I was glad to see that, as it brought a thread of sanity to the rest of the book. Jensen brings to this study not only a great deal of street-cred, being male, but also a tremendous sense of dismay on behalf of women and girls. And compassions.
Lots of what's in this book is downright ugly. Very ugly. The porn business, the descriptions of the films, the lives of the "actors" and the visible results of increasingly more and more depersonalized and violent films. Jensen calls it the "rape culture" and after reading about the real-life results of filmed and distributed sexualized violence, particularly among younger people. . . it will make the reader think for a very long time. Especially if you have young adult kids. Especially a daughter.
Don't read this if you think you are going to 'get off' on the descriptions. You won't. In fact, beware in general about the graphic and sad nature of this study; it's not for the faint of heart.
Jensen approaches this social phenomenon as thoughtfully as I imagine possible, tracks its history, plots out its likely future and shines a glaring light on the financial underworld of the porn industry and its measurably destructive results. Sobering.
I recommend it for anybody who has an interest in social history, human behavior & group psychology, feminism, sexual violence, sociopathology, or kids.
But NOT for kids.
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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 5 months 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 9 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 16 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 on March 27, 2014 by makdem
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
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