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The Price of Pleasure

Mon, November 10, 2008 | Thompson Conference Center (TCC 1.110)

7:00 PM

Critics of pornography have observed two trends in pornography in recent years: Commercially produced sexually explicit material is more mainstream and normalized than ever, while at the same time it has become more overtly cruel and degrading to women and more racist. Why is that, and what effect does it have on our ideas about gender and power, sexuality and relationships?

To explore this question, the documentary film, "The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships", investigates three aspects of the pornography industry--production, content and consumption--to help gain a deeper understanding not only of the material but the larger culture in which it's produced and consumed. The film includes interviews with pornographers, pornography performers, and scholars in psychology, media, economics, and popular culture. Men and women candidly discuss how pornography has affected them and their partners. The film examines pornography's effects on the performers and audience, moving beyond liberal celebrations and conservative denunciations to engage a nuanced discussion of desire and harm, choice and system constraint, liberty and responsibility.

Diane McDaniel Rhodes will introduce the program. She is chief operating officer of SafePlace, which provides a wide spectrum of services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and offers extensive community outreach, education and prevention programs. Rhodes, who has 24 years of experience in work movements for social justice, is the former executive director of the Pebble Project, which focused on sexual assault prevention services. She also teaches the "Exploring Interpersonal Violence" class at the UT School of Social Work. Robert Jensen, a University of Texas journalism professor who served as a consultant for the film, will introduce the documentary and lead a discussion after the screening. Jensen is the author of "Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity"

Sponsored by: Center for Women's and Gender Studies, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Radio-TV-Film Department, Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication, Texas

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