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The Paradox of Porn: The Impact of Pornography on Gay Male Sexual Culture
Description: Almost all gay men look at porn almost every day. Hardly anybody talks about it. It has taught us what desire between men looks like, and it has gotten us through times of loneliness and isolation, disease and disconnection. At the same time, porn has shaped and often distorted our ideas about sex and bodies. This presentation engages the audience in an exploration of the ways pornography has been both helpful and detrimental in gay men's lives.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: assess gay men's experience of pornography in a nuanced manner -- specifically, beyond the lenses of addiction, dysfunction, or exploitation.