Book: Big Porn Inc.

There’s quite a buzz around at the moment about a new book about porn. Big Porn Inc (edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray) is written to help combat the mainstreaming and normalisation of porn. It is a compilation of pieces written by women and men who are sick of watching pornography eat away at women, children and society.

Big Porn Inc is not an anti-sex book. As is written in the introduction: “Challenging the sexist and racist pornographic industrialisation of intimacy is not an anti-sex position. Pornography is a distortion of respect-based sexuality“.

Pornography is widely available and is having an adverse affect on children. According to a study done by Michael Flood (with findings published in Big Porn Inc) of 16 and 17 year old Australian teenagers, “73% of boys had watched an X-rated video, with 1 in 20 watching on a weekly basis, and more than 1 in 5 watching at least once a month. Girls are also exposed to pornographic images; Joan Sauers found that 53.5% of Australian girls aged 12 and under have seen pornography, with the figure rising to 97% by the age of 16.”

This books gathers the writings of contributors such as Gail Dines, Maggie Hamilton, Robi Sonderegger, Helen Pringle, Abigail Bray and Melinda Tankard Reist, who say exactly what needs to be said and have the proof to back them up.

If you’re passionate about the well-being of society and our next generations, it’s a good idea to read Big Porn Inc. It’s that kind of book. Not necessarily enjoyable to read (but it wasn’t meant to be!) but packed with information vital to anyone who wants (or needs) to be aware.

Big Porn Inc… “our primary concern with pornography is not

that it is offensive (although it often is),

but that it is subordination and degradation—

mostly of women.

It is a human rights issue.”

Big Porn Inc.
Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray (Eds)
RRP $36.95
Spinifex Press
Available to purchase here.
 

For help and advice on how to be actively against the normalisation of pornography, visit CollectiveShout.org

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