Dr. Gail Dines
Dr. Gail Dines is President and CEO of Culture Reframed, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies Wheelock College, Boston. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over 20 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. She 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.
Rebecca Whisnant is professor and chair of the philosophy department at the University of Dayton, where she also served for eight years as director of the women's and gender studies program. She is co-editor (with Christine Stark) of “Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography” and (with Peggy DesAutels) of Global Feminist Ethics. Her recent articles on pornography include “Pornography, humiliation, and consent” and “But what about feminist porn?: Examining the work of Tristan Taormino.” She has also published articles on prostitution, rape, and the racial politics of feminism. She teaches courses on sexual ethics, feminist social theory, and feminist ethics.
David L. Levy
David L. Levy is professor of management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Director of Grants and Research for the College of Management there. David, an Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award Winner, conducts research on corporate strategic responses to climate change and urban climate adaptation. His work explores strategic contestation over the governance and finance of controversial issues engaging business, governments, and NGOs, such as climate change and sustainability standards. David has spoken and published widely on these topics, both for academic and practitioner audiences. David holds a DBA from Harvard University, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a B.Sc. from Manchester University.
Jessica Bahr is a relationship and personal coach, and founder of relationshifting.com. She is a feminist and activist who brings this important lens to the topics of pornography, sexuality, and relationships. She joined the Culture Reframed team in 2015, first as a volunteer and later to support the organization in a marketing and communications role. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies and has an in-depth understanding of how the media impacts our lives and shapes our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Jessica is completing her master’s degree in mental health counseling. She plans to become a licensed therapist specializing in couples counseling, healthy sexuality, and intimacy disorders, including porn/sexually compulsive behaviors and betrayal trauma.
Cherie Jimenez, an activist and survivor of the sex trade, was instrumental in creating Transition House (Cambridge, Mass.), the first battered women's shelter on the East Coast. The shelter grew out of Cherie’s efforts in the 1970s to temporarily house women fleeing violent relationships. By June 1976, 25 women and children were living in Jimenez’s tiny apartment. The shelter evolved into Transition House, which is still thriving today. Cherie also founded Kim’s Project (now the EVA Center), a Boston-based program offering support services and resources for women working in prostitution and seeking a way out. The Center was created in response to the overwhelming need to assist women in the often-complex process of exiting commercial sexual exploitation and to dispel the myths and misconceptions about prostitution. Cherie holds a degree in management from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Rachael G. Pontikes
Rachael G. Pontikes is a partner at Reed Smith LLP representing compounding pharmacies, hospital systems, and other health care companies in disputes with various federal and state government agencies in administrative hearings and in court. Rachael also serves as health care regulatory counsel, as well as leading the health care aspects of corporate transactions. Rachael received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. in philosophy and Italian studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. In addition to an active legal practice, Rachael has devoted tremendous time and energy to pro bono and community service projects. In addition, she served on the board for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and as a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago, where she taught a seminar on “Obscenity and Pop Culture,” drawing on her experience as trial counsel for two groups of minor girls in their civil lawsuit alleging sexual exploitation as a result of being featured in child pornography.