Chyng Sun, a media studies professor in the McGhee Department of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is currently conducting an international study on how pornography is affecting the lives of heterosexual young adults all over the world.
In studying pornography, Sun ultimately hopes to “understand porn consumption and how, in any way, it connects to sexual desire, behavior, and relationships.” She is particularly interested in deviant and violent genres of porn and their effects on young people.
She hypothesizes that people who watch a lot of porn eventually develop sexual desires that resemble porn sex, most of which is unrealistic and oftentimes sexist, racist, and violent. Even people who don’t consume porn on a regular basis are affected because much of pornography has been mainstreamed and normalized. Hints of porn can be found in almost every form of visual media (music videos, advertising, fashion, etc.). The porn industry has ties with every hotel, every search engine, every internet/cable provider, credit card companies, publishing companies, radio stations, and banks.
Much of Sun’s research has been inspired by Gail Dines’ book Pornland: How Pornography Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. In her book, Dines argues that pornography has so permeated our society that it is permanently ruining male and female sexuality. While she supports pornography’s right to exist, she is highly critical of the ways in which pornography has seeped into our every day lives.
In the video above Dines expresses the main points or her arguments against ‘porn culture’.
It is important to note here I think that Dines is discussing what is most popular in mainstream commercialized pornography and the negatives elements of this that seep into our popular visual culture. She is not against sex or the existence of pornography in general, just the most anti-humanist parts.
There is a growing abundance of of alternatives to commercialized pornography on the internet and with it’s connections to sex trafficking and the drug trade it would be good, and so on, there are lots of additional reasons to avoid it.