Press Releases


March 4, 2014


Jackie Arsenuk

845-452-1110, ext. 3411

Pornland: Sexism, Identity and Intimacy in a Pornographic Culture

Family Services’ Crime Victims Assistance Program invites Professor Gail Dines to speak on the intersections between pornography, sexuality, and men’s violence against women.

Friday, April 4, 2014

3:30pm: Lateef Islam Auditorium at the Family Partnership Center

7:00pm: Vassar College, Rockefeller Hall, Rm 300

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In an effort to educate the community about the media’s role in perpetuating sexual violence, Family Services’ Crime Victims Assistance Program presents two compelling lectures by Dr. Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Pornography has Hijacked Our Sexuality. The first of the two compelling presentations on April 4th titled “Sexism, Identity and Intimacy in a Pornographic Culture,” will be held at 3:30pm in the Lateef Islam Auditorium at the Family Partnership Center located on 29 Hamilton Street. The second presentation will be held at Vassar College located on 124 Raymond Ave at 7pm in Rockefeller Hall, Rm. 300. There is a suggested donation of $15 for each presentation and all funds raised will be applied to the various resources provided by CVAP.

Dr. Gail Dines, whose work has been described by educators and students alike as “life changing,” will demonstrate how popular culture bombards us with sexualized images of idealized women and men and conveys powerful messages that shape our sexuality. These images are so commonplace that they seep into our gender identity, our body image, and especially our intimate relationships. The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that limits our ability to create authentic, equal relationships that are free of violence and degradation. In this powerful multi-media presentation, Dr. Gail Dines uses examples from pornography, magazines, television shows, and movies to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture, and the ways public images spill over into our most private worlds.Please note: this presentation will contain graphic images.

About Family Services

Part of the community since 1879, Family Services has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 130 years. Family Services provides programs and services in the Hudson Valley designed to “Provide Hope, Improve Lives and Strengthen Communities.” Our various programs include: Youth Services, Comprehensive Crime Victim Services & Forensics, Domestic Violence Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Family Education.

A key asset to Family Services is the Family Partnership Center, a 100,000 + square foot center in Poughkeepsie where currently 19 not-for-profit and related organizations are brought together in partnership for the purpose of collaboration toward a unified approach to human services and building community.

The mission of Family Services is to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration, and advocacy. Last year nearly 6,500 children, adults, and families benefited from Family Services programs. We have programs in Dutchess and Ulster counties, as well as an affiliate, Hudson Valley Mental Health that provides mental health services throughout Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Please visit us at