Gail Dines

Wheelock College Chair and Professor of American Studies Gail DinesChair and Professor of American Studies
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Educational Degrees

B.S., University of Salford
Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Salford

Gail Dines is professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of American Studies. Her research interests focus on the ways that media images shape gender and racial identities in the US. Of particular interest is the role pornography plays in legitimizing violence against women and children. Widely published, Dines is the co-editor of the best selling text-book, Gender, Race and Class in Media and co-author of Pornography: the Production and Consumption of Inequality.

As a radical feminist activist, Dines has been involved in organizing against the pornography industry and is co-founder of the recently formed National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement. She sees her teaching as a way to create in students a radical vision of the unlimited possibilities of progressive social change in individuals, communities, and societies.

In 2007 Dines  helped form the activist group, Stop Porn Culture (SPC). One of the goals of this organization is to develop educational materials that raise awareness about the effects of living in a porn culture. SPC comprises academics, activists, anti-violence experts, students, parents and people concerned about porn's impact on the culture. 

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Selected Publications

Gail's edited book, Gender, Race and Class in Media, is a bestseller in colleges and is popular also in Canada, England and Australia. The book won the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights, and is now in its third edition. Her book, PORNLAND: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, examines how men and women's lives, sexuality and relationships are shaped by the porn culture.

Selected Media

Gail has appeared on numerous television shows, including those on CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, and Fox. She is a regular guest on radio shows and her work is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines across the country.

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