Dr. Gail Dines
Dr. Gail Dines is Founder & President of Culture Reframed, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies, Wheelock College, Boston. Having researched and written about the porn industry for more than 30 years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to governmental agencies in the U.S. 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 today's Culture Reframed.
Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media. Her 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, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She is also featured in documentaries, such as The Strength to Resist: Media's Impact on Women and Girls, 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.
Rhea Becker joined Culture Reframed in July 2018. Previously, she worked for many years as editor of the official magazine of Emerson College, and then as social media manager for the College. A longtime journalist with extensive writing and editing experience, she has worked for People magazine, The Harvard University Gazette, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and other media. She won a Gold CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) award for her work at Emerson.
For six years, she managed a popular blog called The Boomer Chronicles. She was instrumental in campaigns to advocate for civil rights ordinances on pornography in cities nationwide, including Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Boston.
Samantha (Sam) Wechsler joined Culture Reframed as its Interim Executive Director in June 2016. In addition to providing leadership for organizations experiencing 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 Sam'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 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 regularly provides consultancy to governmental, non-profit, and professional organizations—most notably as a working group member of Connecting to Protect: a Global Public Health Response to Address the Mental Health and Safety Consequences to Children and Young People Accessing Legal Pornography Online.
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 utilize IQ PROGRAMS, a whole-school educational package authored by Liz and her team, and underpinned by holistic sexuality education principles. Liz is a regular contributor to media outlets and delivers keynotes, student cohort presentations, parent workshops, and professional development internationally. Specialized in Sexual Health (Master of Health Science), Liz provides strategies to counteract porn culture through a ‘Critical Porn Analysis’ educational response. Her work includes several children’s books, available at Porn Resilient Kids.