How Pornography is Impacting Middle School Students’ Healthy Development

Dr. Gail Dines
October 16, 2018
Eleven is now the average age that children first view pornography. Eighty-eight percent of the most popular porn scenes depict violence against women. Our children are growing up in a culture where access to pornography is easy and free and its messages are infiltrating every corner of our children’s identities and relationships. We, as parents and educators, must learn the information and skills we need to help raise children who are “porn-resilient,” a term she describes as being able to avoid the harmful effects of pornography.

Dr. Dines is the President and CEO of Culture Reframed, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies Wheelock College, Boston. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to government agencies in the US and abroad, including the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Canada. Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages and adapted into a documentary film. Dr. Dines is a regular guest on television and radio, including shows on ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CBC, FOX, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, and she writes for The Huffington Post. Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
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