Melinda Tankard Reist & Abigail Bray: Big Porn Inc. Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry Print E-mail

Big Porn Inc. Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray

It is now widely acknowledged that the unprecedented mainstreaming of the global pornography industry is transforming the sexual politics of intimate and public life, popularising new forms of hardcore misogyny, and strongly contributing to the sexualisation of children. Yet challenges to the pornography industry continue to be dismissed as uncool, anti-sex and moral panics.

With contributions from leading world experts and activists, Big Porn Inc offers a cutting edge exposé of the hidden realities of a multi-billion dollar global industry that promotes itself as a fashionable life-style choice.

Unmasking the lies behind the selling of porn as ‘just a bit of fun’ Big Porn Inc reveals the shocking truths of an industry that trades in violence, crime and degradation. This fearless book will change the way you think about pornography forever.

Contributors include: (Australia) Maggie Hamilton, Nina Funnell, Christopher Kendall, Susan Hawthorne, Sheila Jeffreys, Caroline Taylor, Meagan Tyler, Robi Sonderegger, Caroline Norma, Renate Klein, Helen Pringle, Betty McLellan, Melinda Tankard Reist, Abigail Bray, Melinda Liszewski.

(International) Gail Dines, Catharine A MacKinnon, Melissa Farley, Diana Russell, Robert Jensen, Jeffrey Masson, Chyng Sun, Julia Long, Diane L Rosenfeld, Linda Thompson, Hiroshi Nakasatomi, Anne Mayne, Ruchira Gupta, Asja Armanda, Natalie Nenadic, Anna van Heeswijk, Matt McCormack Evans.

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“In Big Porn Inc feminists lay down the gauntlet to pornographers by exposing the hate and harm of their man-dated sexuality which has become normative behavior. Big Porn Inc not only contests pornographic harm and hate. It will, I predict, incite a new bold wave of global activism in which we reclaim our future.” - Kathleen Barry, Author of Female Sexual Slavery, Prostitution of Sexuality, and Unmaking War, Remaking Men

“Global media have infused the culture with sexually objectified and commodified women and girls, mainstreaming pornography with ever-increasing harms to females everywhere. Big Porn Inc is a clarion call to action against this gross violation of women’s human rights. Brilliant, insightful, essential.” - Kathleen Sloan, Board of Directors, National Organization for Women (NOW) USA; Convener, UN Panel on the Media's Sexual Commodification of Women & Girls

Big Porn Inc represents a powerful and growing reaction against the influence of the porn merchants and society’s willingness to let them get away with one outrage after another. The book unleashes a cascade of emotions – shock, disgust, guilt, rage, and heart-felt admiration for the victims of the porn industry … A landmark publication sure to help open the eyes of the public to the modern scourge of porn and amplify the call for greater decency and respect. Because without them, there can be no true liberation.” - Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University

“This powerful and humane book is a breakthrough. Like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring which launched the environmental movement, Big Porn Inc shows us we are poisoning our own spirits, and that an ugly misuse of thousands of women – and very young children –is the dark and criminal underside of this industry. I hope this is the point where we turn away from pornography – from using it, from condoning it, from allowing it.” - Steve Biddulph, Author of The New Manhood & The Secret of Happy Children

Woman or man, ignore this book at your peril. A remarkable international collection of insightful essays on the growing, poisonous role Big Porn plays in global culture, economics, mores, and violence against women and children. Brava to Spinifex Press for publishing this gift to thoughtful readers. - Robin Morgan, Author and Activist

...Anyone interested in how ideas of free speech operate to defend an industry that causes serious harm to women and children will find compelling arguments and disturbing information in this book, and quite possibly be swayed towards the idea of 'fair speech' that the editors passionately advocate as an alternative. Big Porn Inc. will be of particular interest to those engaged in gender or cultural studies, as the authors provide many references for further reading on each topic. - Portia Lindsay, Bookseller & Publisher

Big Porn Inc is a courageous book, brilliantly undertaken. Based on impressive research and experience, the collection provides a disturbingly convincing portrayal of the multibillion dollar global pornography industry. The pornography industry’s assault on women, girls and our culture is real. This is the book we need to understand how and why and the means by which it can be halted.” - Mary Lucille Sullivan, Author of Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment with Legalised Prostitution

 “Big Food, Big Oil, Big Pharma and, yes, Big Porn – global corporate giants that shape and exploit human needs and desires, profiting while furthering injustice and denying toxic effects. Big Porn Inc is a hugely necessary, radical and rousing work, full of big thoughts and big truths about the all-consuming pornographic worldview.” - Jane Caputi, Creator of DVD The Pornography of Everyday Life

Big Porn Inc is a first-rate book: comprehensive and thoroughly researched. Porn does not liberate sexuality. What is it that men enjoy in porn: humiliation, degradation, control, sexual violence, submission …? Fortunately, this anthology considers the possibilities of resistance and offers hope for transformative futures.” - Richard Poulin, Author and Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa

“If you care about social justice, buy this book. Big Porn Inc is a must read for anyone interested in the human rights of women and children. The book is cogent and alarming, yet hopeful that together we can create a world where women and children are not hurt and degraded. Big Porn Inc is a much needed blueprint for ending the global porn industry.” - Christine Stark, Author of Nickles and Co-Editor of Not For Sale

“Many people, for all sorts of reasons, have preferred to avoid thinking about the porn industry and its manifold negative impacts. The invasion of Big Porn throughout mainstream culture makes moving beyond such denial long overdue. Big Porn Inc offers clear and topical chapters from a range of thinkers who are uniquely well-equipped to explain why. This is a profoundly important book.” - Emma Rush, Lead Author Corporate Paedophilia: Sexualisation of Children in Australia; Lecturer in Ethics, Charles Sturt University

“At a time when so many celebrities, academics and free speech fundamentalists are siding with the sex industry to deny that pornography is violence against women, Big Porn Inc is the voice of reality – a strong indictment; an epic work.” - Janice G. Raymond, Professor Emerita of Women's Studies and Medical Ethics

Big Porn Inc is a brilliant exposé on how the porn industry has sold us big fat lies about sex and sexuality. No previous generation has had to navigate such a flood of porn inspired imagery and concepts. Essential reading for everyone, especially the deluded defenders who remain willfully blind to the harmful impacts. I hope Big Porn Inc helps to create the seismic shift humanity needs.” - Julie Gale, Activist and Founder of Kids Free 2B Kids

“When anthropologists from Planet Upsilon report on how civilization failed, Big Porn Inc will probably be Exhibit One. I thank the authors for the courage it took to wade through this material and put together this awesome book that drags us kicking and screaming to what so many do not want to know about corporate sex. Big Porn Inc may be our last chance to grasp porn ideology before it slips in and becomes the very fabric of our lives.”  - Martin Dufresne, Anti-sexism activist, Canada

Table of Contents

Melinda Tankard Reist/Abigail Bray Australia: Introduction   

Caroline Scotland The Impact of Pornography on My Life   

Gail Dines USA The New Lolita: Pornography and the Sexualization of Childhood   

Catharine A. MacKinnon USA X-Underrated: Living in a World the Pornographers Have Made     

Maggie Hamilton Australia Groomed to Consume Porn:  How Sexualised Marketing Targets Children 
Robert Jensen USA Stories of a Rape Culture: Pornography as Propaganda
Nina Funnell Australia Sexting and Peer-to-Peer Porn     

Diane L. Rosenfeld
USA Who Are You Calling a ‘Ho’?: Challenging the Porn Culture on Campus
Christopher N. Kendall Australia The Harms of Gay Male Pornography   

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson USA/New Zealand Pornography and Animals   

Robi Sonderegger Australia Neurotica: Modern Day Sexual Repression   

Meagan Tyler Australia Pornography as Sexual Authority: How Sex Therapy Promotes the Pornification of Sexuality   

Renate Klein Australia Big Porn + Big Pharma: Where the Pornography Industry Meets the Ideology of Medicalisation    

Susan Hawthorne Australia Capital and the Crimes of Pornographers: Free to Lynch, Exploit, Rape and Torture   

Abigail Bray Australia The Pornification of Post-feminism: Why Roddick’s $ex Shops Are a Sell Out   

Helen Pringle Australia A Studied Indifference to Harm: Defending Pornography in The Porn Report   

Melinda Tankard Reist Australia Sexpo and the Death of Sex   

Sheila Jeffreys Australia Live Pornography: Strip Clubs in the International Political Economy of Prostitution
Stella  Australia Dancing Pornography        

Melissa Farley USA Pornography is Infinite Prostitution   

Abigail Bray Australia Capitalism and Pornography: The Internet as a Global Prostitution Factory
Hiroshi Nakasatomi Japan When Rape Becomes a Game: RapeLay and the Pornification of Crime
Chyng Sun USA Investigating Pornography: The Journey of a Filmmaker and Researcher    

Diana E.H. Russell USA Russell’s Theory: Exposure to Child Pornography as a Cause of Child Sexual Victimization
Caroline S. Taylor Australia The Pornification of Intrafamilial Rape  
Caroline Norma Australia Teaching Tools and Recipe Books: Pornography and the Sexual Assault of Children
Helen Pringle Australia Civil Justice for Victims of Child Pornography   

‘Amy’ USA The Victimisation of Children by Pornography: Victim Impact Statement of Amy   

Anne Mayne South Africa The Power of Pornography – A South African Case Study
Asja Armanda and Natalie Nenadic Croatia and USA Genocide, Pornography, and the Law
Ruchira Gupta India Pornography in India
Betty McLellan Australia Pornography as Free Speech: But is it Fair?   

Julia Long UK Resisting Pornography, Building a Movement: Feminist Anti-porn Activism in the UK  
Gail Dines USA Stop Porn Culture!
Linda Thompson Scotland Challenging the Demand
Anna van Heeswijk UK OBJECT: Challenging ‘Sex-object Culture’
Melinda Liszewski Australia A Collective Shout for Women and Girls
Matt McCormack Evans UK Men Opposing Pornography in the UK
Caroline Norma Australia Challenging Pornography in Japan: the Anti-Pornography and Prostitution Research Group (APP)   

Susan Hawthorne Australia Quit Porn Manifesto

Biographical Notes