Getting Off: Sex, Pornography and Masculinity in the 21st Century

January 31, 2008

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How does pornography shape relationships and identity?  What does it say about what it means to be a "real man"?  In his new book, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, author Robert Jensen examines these questions and more, arguing that mainstream pornography creates a toxic masculinity that encourages the objectification and subjugation of women.

But can there be a feminist pornography?  Throughout history, desire and passion have often been repressed.  How are these powerful emotions expressed in emancipatory movements and, more generally, what does sexual expression look like in the 21st century?

Join us for a provocative discussion about pornography's effect on contemporary sexuality from varying perspectives with Robert Jensen, a scholar whose work has focused on pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality and men's violence, and Barbara DeGenevieve, an interdisciplinary artist who examines sexuality, gender, trans-sexuality, censorship, ethics, and pornography through her work.

Please note: This reading contains sexually explicit language.
 
Recorded Thursday, January 31, 2008 at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.