2015-2016 Speaker Series "Porn - Revisiting the Feminist Debates"

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies sponsors and co-sponsors a variety of events throughout the year. Our 2015-2016 programming theme is "Porn - Revisiting the Feminist Debates."

WGS Speaker Series Fall 2015

Wed. Sept. 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in McCreary Hall 115, Bowen Auditorium

Lecture, "The Darker Side of Desire: BDSM, Pornography, and Black Female Sexuality"

Ariane Cruz
Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, Penn State University

Ariane Cruz’ research and teaching interests include images of black female sexuality, black women and/in BDSM, black visuality, and race and representation. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation entitled “Berries Bittersweet: Visual Representation of Black Female Sexuality in Contemporary American Pornography.”


Oct. 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in McCreary Hall 115, Bowen Auditorium

Lecture, "Owning Your Sex: Insights into Sexual Agency, Autonomy & Personal Responsibility"
Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley is an American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author. Appearing primarily in “mature”-themed pornography, she also has a line of instructional videos. Her first book is titled Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex. Hartley played the part of Hillary Rodham Clinton in a pornographic parody of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She was also in the 2010 documentary, After Porn Ends, which is about life after being a porn actor.

Nov. 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Masters Hall 110, Mara Auditorium

Lecture, "Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture"
Gail Dines
Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Chair, American Studies, Wheelock College

Professor Dines is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author, and a feminist activist. Her writing and lectures focus on the hypersexualization of the culture and the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture. Professor Dines’ work on media and pornography has appeared in academic journals, magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and newspapers across the country. She is a founding member of Stop Porn Culture, an educational and activist group made up of academics, anti-violence experts, community organizers and anyone concerned about the increasing pornification of the culture.

Recent topics:

  • Sexual Politics
  • Talking Back to Violence
  • Migration
  • Expanding Identities: Genders and Sexualities
  • Gender and Just Sustainability
  • Women and Islam
  • Women, Power, & Politics
  • Women and Science
  • Gender and Just Sustainability