Big Porn Inc.: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry - with authors Barry, Klein & Hawthorne 7-31-12

Tuesday July 31 at 7 pm
Kathleen Barry, Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein  discuss the new book,  
Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry

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.

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 Unmaking War, Remaking Men

While the unprecedented mainstreaming of the global pornography industry is transforming the sexual politics of intimate and public life, popularizing new forms of hardcore misogyny, and strongly contributing to the sexualization of children, 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.

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Dr. Kathleen Barry is the author of five books, including the seminal work, Female Sexual Slavery which exposed the epidemic of world-wide female sexual slavery -- practices where girls and women are sexually exploited, physically abused and cannot get away. Her latest book, Unmaking War, Remaking Men, challenges the masculinity of war and reveals through the ongoing wars of today how and why peace is only possible with the remaking of men.

Dr. Susan Hawthorne is a poet, aerialist, Sanskritist, academic and publisher. With Renate Klein she co-founded Spinifex Press in 1991. She has been a feminist since 1972, active in lesbian and feminist culture and politics. She is the author of a novel, seven collections of poetry and academic non-fiction including a critique of globalisation (which inspired her chapter in Big Porn Inc). Her collection Cow was a Finalist for the Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize in 2012 (USA).

Dr. Renate Klein is a long-term women’s health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies the medicalisation of women's lives and radical feminist issues over the last 30 years. A biologist and social scientist, she was Professor in Women’s Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne until 2006. She is a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and a member of CATWA (The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Australia).  With Susan Hawthorne she co-founded Spinifex Press in 1991.

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