THE CULTURE REFRAMED TEAM

Dr. Gail Dines

Dr. Gail Dines

Founder

Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to government agencies in the US and abroad, including the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Canada. In 2008, she co-founded the nonprofit Stop Porn Culture. As board chair, she elevated Stop Porn Culture’s international profile and helped it to develop into the feminist health education organization Culture Reframed.

Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages and adapted into a documentary film. Dr. Dines is a regular guest on television and radio, including shows on ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CBC, FOX, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, and she writes for The Huffington Post. She is also a featured speaker in documentaries, such as Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist, Mickey Mouse Monopoly, and The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships.

Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Samantha Wechsler

Samantha Wechsler

Interim Executive Director

Samantha (Sam) Wechsler joined Culture Reframed as its Interim Executive Director in June 2016. In addition to providing leadership for organizations going through executive transitions, Sam runs her own coaching and consulting business, specializing in executive coaching, group facilitation, leadership and personal development, fundraising, and board development. Sam also designs and facilitates participatory trainings and workshops that draw people into engaging conversations about difficult topics, helping participants develop a deeper sense of themselves and their role in social change efforts.

Much of Samantha’s career has been devoted to creating, improving, and expanding programming for children and youth. In 2005, after serving as the Interim Director of a Mayoral initiative on after-school programming, Sam moved to Guatemala. While living there, she founded and directed Voces de Cambio (Voices of Change), an all-girls after-school program that uses creative expression to address issues of racism, discrimination, and gender equity. After returning from Guatemala several years later, she served as the Executive Director of Bikes Not Bombs, where she initiated and oversaw a major organizational turnaround. Sam is thrilled to be part of the Culture Reframed team.

Liz Walker

Liz Walker

Director of Health Education

Liz Walker joined Culture Reframed as Director of Health Education in March 2017. An accredited sexuality educator, speaker, and author, Liz is an exceptional communicator and passionate advocate for children and young people. Liz is Chair of the Australian non-profit Porn Harms Kids, addressing the harms of children and young people accessing online pornography. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organizations.

Liz has a proven track record in developing and delivering school and parent education in her role as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project. Educators throughout Australia and internationally utilise BODY IQ and RELATIONSHIP IQ programs, underpinned by holistic sexuality education principles. Liz delivers keynotes, student cohort presentations, parent workshops, and professional development throughout Australia and New Zealand. Liz also is a regular contributor to media outlets. Initially trained in Community Welfare, Liz furthered her education at Sydney University and specialised in Sexual Health (Master of Health Science). Liz provides strategies to counteract porn culture through a ‘Critical Porn Analysis’ educational response. Her work includes the children’s book: Not for Kids! This book is a ‘must have’ for parents and professionals to prepare kids for the inevitable occasion of when they will see explicit imagery.