Gail Dines Quotes
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Total quotes (18)
If tomorrow women in the west woke up and decided they really like their bodies just think how many industries would go out of business - the cosmetic industry, the clothing industry, the diet industry, the gym industry - and then think of all the allied industries that support those industries. So when I say capitalism is dependent on women hating themselves, I'm not exaggerating.
Imagine if you had never in your life ever seen an image of a woman in a magazine. Imagine how differently you would feel about your body. My assumption is you would feel very different. So think about what has been ripped away from us now this is what surrounds us, this image of a body that none of us can aspire to.
So how do you make sure that those of us who are not starving, that those of us who have the riches the world has to offer, how do you make make sure that we don't march and say "It's not fair"? What you do is you create a material reality, ie capitalism, which is unfair and then you develop an ideological support system to legitimize that inequality.
We know from 40 years of research that the younger boys get to porn, the more it limits their capacity for intimacy, the more it decreases their empathy for rape victims, the more it increases depression and anxiety, and the more likely they are to engage in risky sexual behavior... now we have a generation of boys desensitized [to violence against women].
Feminists are your best friends. We are the only one rooting for your humanity, we are the only ones who say you are better than this. Because if my son is worth better than this, your sons are worth better than this. Because how dare you define my son as a predator who doesn't give a shit about women and he's willing to gag women and have no empathy. That's not my son... Don't be upset with me (a feminist), it's them (the porn industry) who are defining you not me.