Dines’s Work on Porn Featured in Bestselling Book on Boys

Books on boys

Raising boys in our society is a hot topic right now, and that includes discussion of boys and porn. Last month, Peggy Orenstein’s “Boys & Sex” was released to wide acclaim, and today (Feb. 11, 2020), a new book by pediatrician and author Dr. Cara Natterson debuts at #1 [updated] on the Amazon best-seller list for books on parenting teens.

The work of Culture Reframed President & CEO Dr. Gail Dines is featured in the book, which is called “Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons.”

“Decoding Boys” explores the lives of boys and the challenges they face growing up. In a section on “The Domination of Porn Culture,” Natterson describes at length a 45-minute-long presentation on porn that Dines made at the plenary session of the American Academy of Pediatrics several years ago.

“Gail delivered her jaw-dropping 45-minute talk to a group of professionals on the frontlines of children’s health, and as she did, the faces of the elder statesmen drained to match the shocks of white hair on their heads. Most us – myself included – were largely clueless about current-day porn. You see, while pediatricians are trained to ask our patients about sexual activity, educate them about STDs, and cover issues like sexual identity, physical safety, and pregnancy prevention, the vast majority of use still equated pornography with sneaking a peak at dad’s Playboy. And, frankly, we almost never brought it up in the office…

“We parents, meanwhile, remain woefully naïve: Only half of us with porn-watching kids between 14 and 18 are aware of what they are actually viewing on their laptops and phones.”

The topic of boys and porn is also explored by Orenstein. The New York Times wrote in a review of the book: “Orenstein sees a lot that she can’t unsee, and we can’t unhear her warnings: Porn is so pervasive, so ingrained in pop culture, so extreme in its fetishes and so dehumanizing of women that many young men are desensitized to live, consensual sex. That’s right, erectile dysfunction at age 19 is now a thing.”

Watch a video of Dr. Gail Dines’s presentation on porn to the American Academy of Pediatricians.

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Where are your kids getting their sex education? Their smartphones? In this digital age, it’s critical for young people to have trusted adults to help them build resilience and resistance to hypersexualized media and porn. Check out Culture Reframed’s free online Programs for Parents of Tweens and Program for Parents of Teens.


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