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Published on 05 Sep 2013 | over 4 years ago

Dines' recent work, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality has met with mixed reviews, with many critics citing the use of inflammatory language in the place of genuine academic research. About the book: www.amazon.com/gp/product/0807001546/ref=as_li_tl

Publishers Weekly writes
Dines's argument rests on a compelling, close reading of the imagery and narrative content of magazines, videos, and marketing materials; what is missing, however, is a similarly compelling body of research on how these images are used by viewers, aside from Dines's own anecdotal evidence.
The author's appropriation of addiction terminology — viewers are called users, habitual viewing is an addiction, and pornography featuring teenagers is called Pseudo-Child Pornography or PCP — is distracting and suggests that rhetorical tricks are needed because solid argumentation is lacking.
Likewise, Dines's opponents are unlikely to be swayed by her speculation tying porn viewing to rape and child molestation, nor by the selective sources she draws on to support her point (convicted sex offenders).
Mike Tribby of Booklist said that
[I]t should be remembered that to adequately discuss porn, one must adequately describe it.

Dines has also been criticized by some feminists of attempting to foment moral panic, particularly in opposition to sex work and sex workers' rights, rather than advancing an academically rigorous position.

In 2007 Dines wrote an article on the Duke lacrosse case in which she suggested "we should put some of the focus back on the men in this case" and their behavior because "they saw the hiring of two black women to strip as a legitimate form of male entertainment." Writer Cathy Young criticised what she saw as Dines' double-standards, stating "the same feminists who rightly tell us that a rape victim should not have to be an angel to deserve support apply such a different standard to men who may be falsely accused of rape.[18]
Dines' writing and positions have come under fire from other academics, including Ronald Weitzer of George Washington University, whose essay "Pornography: the Need For Solid Evidence" critiques Dines' writing (specifically Pornland) for being poorly researched and in strong opposition to the existing body of legitimate research on pornography.[19]
On January 30, 2013, Dines published an article in Counterpunch in which she accused the BDSM website Kink.com of being in violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. The statements resulted in criticism from the Mark Kernes of Adult Video News[20] As well as adult industry bloggers and advocates.[21][22]
On February 7, 2013, Dines criticized novelist Jordan Owen's use of the expression "squish mitten" to describe the vagina.[23] Owen responded on his official Twitter account later that day saying "For what its worth, my favorite term for the male genitalia is 'flipstick.'"[24]
In a May 2013 article regarding an allegedly sexist anti-male Samsung TV commercial, Dines was quoted as characterizing masculine behavior at home as often "sloth-like," and for further arguing that the ad, though arguably insulting, "[C]an't be sexist, just like a black person can't be racist", because both terms can only describe attitudes of a socioeconomically dominant group.


Image By The Naughty American. The photograph was taken by Larry Knowles for an article for The Naughty American website. (originally posted to Flickr as Porn Set 5) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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