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Long gone are the days when the extent of our most common form of consumption of – or unintentional contact with – pornography was an old copy of Playboy stashed beneath the bed.
But much has changed in the last decade or so in terms of pornography access and usage. Late last year, Playboy announced that it would no longer publish its nude centrefold, an overdue acknowledgement that the iconic glossy men’s magazine can no longer compete with the proliferation of pornography available for free, and often produced by amateurs, on the internet.
How is the proliferation of pornography affecting Australians today? And how have attitudes towards pornography changed? Madeleine Morris will be joined by a panel of experts for a full hour of Q&A about pornography and relationships, pleasure, violence, education, mental health and sexuality.
Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch.
Dr Anita Elias is a medical practitioner with a background in general practice. She trained in individual, couple and family therapy and has specialised and has worked in sexual medicine and sexual and relationship therapy for 20 years. She attained the inaugural Fellowship of the European Board of Sexual Medicine in 2012.
She is head of the Sexual Medicine and Therapy Clinic at Monash Health, and works in the Psychosexual Service at the Women's Hospital, as well as in private practice. She is involved in teaching medical students at Monash and Melbourne Universities, as well as educating health practitioners and the community in sexual issues.
Maree Crabbe coordinates the violence prevention project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. The project seeks to support young people and the broader community to critique the messages about gender and sex that are conveyed through mainstream pornography, and to promote understandings of relationships and sexuality that are based on respect, equality, mutuality, communication and consent.
Anastasia Powell is a Senior Research Fellow in Justice & Legal Studies, at RMIT University. Anastasia is co-convenor of GeVARA, the Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance, and member of the Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT University. Her research specialises in primary prevention, policy and legal reform addressing violence against women, and includes the books Sex, Power and Consent (2010), Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy (2012, with Suellen Murray), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Era (forthcoming in 2017, with Nicola Henry). Anastasia's current research examines technology facilitated sexual violence, including image-based abuse and harassment.
Rachel Payne is the General Manager of Eros Association, the national industry association and advocacy group of the adult retail and entertainment industry. Relatively new to this position, Rachel has been working on campaigns surrounding classification and censorship, as well as discrimination of adult businesses by the banking sector, and exclusion of employment services for adult retailers.
When you think ‘question time’, perhaps you picture rowdy politicians cussing each other out. But in our regular series, we’re putting the dignity back into proceedings … along with a generous amount of time. It’s one full hour of pure Q&A between you, our audience, moderator Madeleine Morris, and a panel of experts in the evening’s chosen field of inquiry. Get informed about the key issues of our time. BYO hot potatoes and burning questions.
Hosted by Madeleine Morris.