Public Lecture: “From Jekyll to Hyde: The Grooming of Male Pornography Consumers”

Posted on 3/14/2016 1:45:19 PM

Rebecca Whisnant, associate professor of Philosophy and director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Dayton, will give a presentation titled “From Jekyll to Hyde: The Grooming of Male Pornography Consumers” on March 21, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 126.


Given the hostile and aggressive content of much contemporary mainstream pornography, the average male consumer, in order to continue enjoying such pornography, must silence any ethical qualms he may have about its content and production. He must, in effect, be groomed to accept sexual dominance and sadism against women. This grooming process is a cooperative effort involving both the porn industry and the individual consumer. This presentation outlines some of the main ways in which male consumers come to accept and enjoy rougher and more openly sadistic materials—becoming, in the process, both abusers and abused, consumers and consumed. (The presentation will include a few pornographic images.)

The talk is jointly sponsored by Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies. It is cosponsored by the Honors College, Haven Project/Health Awareness, Sociology, Psychology, and English.