Dan Phillips's Reviews > The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What it Means, and Where We Go from Here

The Porning of America by Carmine Sarracino
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Jan 26, 2011

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Read from January 23 to 25, 2011

I'm not a big reader of books on gender or sexuality, but the back of this book looked interesting since I, too, am disturbed by phenomena like Bratz dolls and the pornographic slant of certain ads. But as a read, the book wasn't very cohesive, just making interesting points without tying them together. I mean, it's interesting to consider how both puritanism and porn can spring from the same sex-is-naughty stance. And the idea that men's "adventure magazines" from the 40's and 50's are a more accurate progenitor of porn than, say, Betty Page, is a worthwhile one. But these chapters read like a handful of separate essays rather than a unified book. And that's fine, but not as satisfying as it could've been.
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Karen Thanks for the review. In addition to the Bratz dolls and other like items, I just heard yesterday that WalMart is introducing a line of cosmetics for 8-12 year olds, a line which includes mascara, lipstick, waxing to reshape eyebrows...pretty much what adult over-made-up women use. What happened to the feminist movement in this country? Anorexia and tart clothing weren't enough...now we have to give our little girls glam faces, too? And we worry about pedophiles and rapists...when little girls look more and more sexually alluring, what do people expect...especially the mothers who should be saying NO to their little girls.

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