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[liberationtech] Iceland leading the way towards a ban on violent online porn

Christopher Lueg cplueg at
Mon Feb 18 15:23:15 PST 2013

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM, Maxim Kammerer <mk at> wrote:
>> Iceland's move has been welcomed by Dr Gail Dines, a professor of
>> sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and the author of Pornland: How Porn
>> has Hijacked Our Sexuality. "Of course internet porn is damaging," she said.
>> "We have years of empirical evidence. It's like global warming – you will
>> always find some global warming deniers out there who can quote some little
>> piece of research they have found somewhere, some science junk, but the
>> consensus is there.
> Somehow I doubt this sociology professor understands what empirical
> evidence is. Her Wikipedia summary certainly suggests that she
> doesn't.

"In short, the existing empirical evidence on real-world consumers
contradicts Dines’ sweeping generalizations about them." (p. 672)

from: Review Essay by Ronald Weitzer, Dept of Sociology, George Washington Univ.
Pornography’s Effects: The Need for Solid Evidence
A Review Essay of Everyday Pornography, edited by
Karen Boyle (New York: Routledge, 2010) and Pornland: How Porn Has
Hijacked Our Sexuality, by Gail Dines (Boston: Beacon, 2010)
Available online at

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