Playlist: 4 talks offer new ways to think about porn

Erika Lust at TEDxVienna

Erika Lust at TEDxVienna

Pornography. A complex, controversial topic. As porn becomes mainstream and easily accessible — understanding it is key to understanding how the public thinks about sex in general. These four talks — from scholars, activists and beyond — provide a spectrum of ideas and opinions on how to disrupt, revolutionize and embrace pornography.

Why I stopped watching porn | TEDxJaffa | Ran Gavrieli
In this humorous and honest talk, Ran Gavrieli discusses his decision to quit watching porn. Porn was harming his experience of sex, rather than adding to it, he says, and he soon began to question the ideas about male-female dominance and sexual politics that porn offered.

It’s time for porn to change | TEDxVienna | Erika Lust
(WARNING: This talk contains sexually explicit descriptions. May be NSFW.) Adult filmmaker Erika Lust wants more porn focused on female desire and pleasure. In this talk, she expresses disappointment in the wealth of chauvinistic, male fantasy porn available and encourages other women to be part of the porn movement to bring forward different stories and enter the discourse of pornography.

Growing Up in a Pornified Culture | TEDxNavesink | Gail Dines
Dines discusses how mainstream pornography introduces dangerous and skewed ideas of sex to young people — leading many young girls to believe that their self-worth is based on their sex appeal and young boys to believe that they must be dominant, violent and forceful when it comes to sex. She advocates for education to counter these ideas and an open dialogue to get young people thinking about sex outside the confines of the mainstream porn narrative.

What if we brought color to 50 Shades of Grey? | TEDxTexasTechUniversity | Patricia Hawley
In this talk, psychologist Patricia Hawley examines the underlying themes in the famously sexually-explicit 50 Shades of Grey franchise and questions the media’s response to the film. She shares her research about sexual fantasies experienced by both women and men and offers insight into assumptions about male/female sexual desire.

2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Please don’t miss Gary Wilson’s talk: The great porn experiment, which shows the how porn negatively affects the brain. This talk is helping thousands of people escape habitual porn use!

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