Dr. Gail Dines

Popular culture bombards us with hypersexualized images of women and men, conveying powerful images that help shape our sexuality. Dr. Gail Dines, recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, sociology and women’s studies professor, and porn industry researcher and writer, explores how masculinity and femininity are shaped by pornified images that spill over into our most private worlds. In Dr. Gail Dines’ compelling talk, she exposes the effects of porn culture on pop culture and the impact on children and young adults growing up in a pornified culture today, addressing how nonprofit organization Culture Reframed is “solving the public health crisis of the digital age”.

“This was one of the highlights of my career. Doing this talk allowed me to raise awareness about the harms of growing up in a porn culture to a large and diverse audience. Working with the TEDx team to frame my talk helped me figure out the key points people need to know about the way hardcore porn has become the major form of sex education today. Also met lots of interesting people who are trying to make this world a better place.”

Dr. Gail Dines is an award-winning sociology & women’s studies professor at Wheelock College in Boston, porn industry researcher & writer for 20+ years, consultant to government agencies nationally & internationally, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, and founding president of Stop Porn Culture (a NGO). A Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America recipient, she co-edited the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media and her latest book has been translated into four languages. Dr. Dines is a regular guest on television and radio shows (CNN, BBC, NPR) and has appeared in various media publications (The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, Huffington Post).