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The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go from Here Paperback – November 1, 2009
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"[Not] a finger-waving anti-porn diatribe … [the authors approach] the material with a particularly clearheaded sociological gaze." —Jer Fairall, PopMatters
"I'm thrilled with this book. . . . Comprehensive and thought-provoking, this is a must-read if you want to understand porn and our culture." —Al Goldstein, founder and former publisher of Screw magazine
"Whether it's the sexualization of girls, a pimp lifestyle, or Abu Ghraib, there's no dismissing the influence of pornography on our sensibilities, desires, and fantasies. . . . [A] brave, nuanced book that tells a story we don't want to know but can't, for the life of us, ignore." —Lyn Mikel Brown, coauthor of Packaging Girlhood
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Overall an interesting, if somewhat disheartening read (on the social level). It neither defends nor attacks porn, which leads it to read quite well factually... but also seems to try too hard to not take a side that it doesn't give any sort of sense of urgency or importance.
Covers: historical relationship between war and pornography, Civil war -- Iraq; the puritan sex-shame that much pornography still fuels off; sexualization of children, men, women, and the elderly; Feminism and pornography; detailed history of pornography from 70's till 2007 (ish).
Great balance of clear, concise, and sharp writing with solid facts and hardly a paragraph of wasted words. This book was well organized and coherently progressive from end to end.
If you are looking for a particularly bold assertion about whether porn is "good or bad," or, if you are looking for any detail about homosexuals and pornography, this is probably NOT your ideal book.
Sarracino and Scott have lumped all disgusting fantasies that humans (generally men) have as `porn' without looking at underlying problems in human psychology and sociology. When philosophers, sociologists, and political scientists talk about human nature, they needed to address the potential that all humans have for acting badly.Read more ›
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Like much cultural criticism, this makes more of a thing than is merited: for many centuries, porn was a minor element in the pantheon of sex attractions. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by the prof
It is painfully obvious that this book was written by two straight men.
This book tries to cover too broad of a subject while representing far too few viewpoints and... Read more
Well I don't even know where to start. Being a student myself on the topic and having read loads and loads of literature especially BDSM and BDSM pornography I am appaled what... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Timo K.
If you've ever been troubled by porn; a guilty pleasure, a normal human curiosity or a sickness destroying our society, then perhaps some perspective might help. Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Michael Calautti
these guys really reach to draw their conclusions, taking logical shortcuts to try and link "porning" with things as diverse as sneaker ads, Bratz dolls, and horror films. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by B. A. McKinney