The truth about the porn industry

first_imgThe Guardian 2 July 2010Gail Dines is also a highly regarded academic and her new book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has just come out in the US, and is available online here. She wrote it primarily to educate people about what pornography today is really like, she says, and to banish any notion of it as benign titillation. “We are now bringing up a generation of boys on cruel, violent porn,” she says, “and given what we know about how images affect people, this is going to have a profound influence on their sexuality, behaviour and attitudes towards women.”The book documents the recent history of porn, including the technological shifts that have made it accessible on mobile phones, videogames and laptops. According to Dines’s research the prevalence of porn means that men are becoming desensitised to it, and are therefore seeking out ever harsher, more violent and degrading images. Even the porn industry is shocked by how much violence the fans want, she says; at the industry conferences that Dines attends, porn makers have increasingly been discussing the trend for more extreme practices. And the audience is getting younger. Market research conducted by internet providers found that the average age a boy first sees porn today is 11; a study from the University of Alberta found that one third of 13-year-old boys admitted viewing porn; and a survey published by Psychologies magazine in the UK last month found that a third of 14- to 16-year-olds had first seen sexual images online when they were 10 or younger – 81% of those polled looked at porn online at home, while 63% could easily access it on their mobile phones.“I have found that the earlier men use porn,” says Dines, “the more likely they are to have trouble developing close, intimate relationships with real women. Some of these men prefer porn to sex with an actual human being. They are bewildered, even angry, when real women don’t want or enjoy porn sex.”Porn culture doesn’t only affect men. It also changes “the way women and girls think about their bodies, their sexuality and their relationships,” says Dines. “Every group that has fought for liberation understands that media images are part and parcel of the systematic dehumanisation of an oppressed group . . . The more porn images filter into mainstream culture, the more girls and women are stripped of full human status and reduced to sex objects. This has a terrible effect on girls’ sexual identity because it robs them of their own sexual desire.”…… “Many on the liberal left adopt a view that says pornographers are not businessmen but are simply there to unleash our sexuality from state-imposed constraints,” she says. This view was reflected in the film The People vs Larry Flynt, where the billionaire pornographer of the film’s title – the head of the Hustler empire – was portrayed as a man simply fighting for freedom of speech. Dines disputes these ideas. “Trust me,” she says, “I have interviewed hundreds of pornographers and the only thing that gets them excited is profit.” As a result of her research, Dines believes that pornography is driving men to commit particular acts of violence towards women. “I am not saying that a man reads porn and goes out to rape,” she says, “but what I do know is that porn gives permission to its consumers to treat women as they are treated in porn.”http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/02/gail-dines-pornographylast_img read more

Police need public help with bank robbery suspect

first_imgDillsboro, IN—Late Monday morning several law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a robbery that had occurred at the US Bank located at 12899 Bank Street in Dillsboro, Indiana.Upon arrival, investigators learned that a female entered the bank alone, demanded money and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with assistance from the Dillsboro Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Lawrenceburg Police Department.If anyone recognizes the female in the photo or has any information regarding this case please contact Dearborn County Dispatch at (812) 537-3431.last_img read more

Rule 4 debacle results in “very lenient” punishment for trainer Evans

first_imgShare UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles The general consensus among racing fans and pundits is that trainer David Evans was right to describe his punishment from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as “very lenient.”The saga of events that landed Evans in trouble occurred on 9 January 2015, when the trainer had both Black Dave and Tango Sky scheduled to run in the same race, he then attempted to ‘nick a bit of extra value’ by delaying the declaration of Tango Sky as a non-runner in order to ensure that he got better value when he placed a £6,000 bet on Black Dave to win the race, a decision that had his selection been successful, would have gained Evans half a point on his selection. Although he failed to win the bet as his horse finished fourth, Evans sealed his own fate when in conversation with a phone trader at Ladbrokes, who questioned the reasoning behind Evans placing the largest bet he had ever placed on the account, he revealed that it was his intention to pull Tango Sky out of the race. Ladbrokes went onto share this information with the BHA later that day. The BHA initially ruled that the wrongdoing was worthy of a £4,000 fine, however as a result of Evans giving “honest answers at every stage of the investigation” the punishment was reduced to £3,000. Delivering the verdict, Tim Charlton QC underlined that “The sport of horse racing has a fundamental interest in honest and accurate betting markets.” Furthermore, a BHA disciplinary panel came to the conclusion that that the offence didn’t warrant Evans losing his license. A further disconcerting matter to arise from the case, was that upon discovering that the favourite Tango Sky was about to be pulled from the race, prior to enforcing procedures and informing the BHA of Evans’ wrongdoing, Ladbrokes also shortened the price of Tango Sky, something that Ladbrokes Coral’s Keith Page said was done to “bring it in line with industry prices.”Page continued: “There are two theoretical possibilities to the reason behind the price change for Tango Sky – either it was a very cynical price change in order to affect the subsequent Rule 4 or our traders were alerted to something not being right about the market, so they shortened the price of the market principals.”As a result of the price being shortened, the rule 4 deduction was 25p from every £1, as oppose to 20p, had Tango Sky retained its previous price of 7/2, something that will inevitably serve to heighten the anger of many punters. Sharelast_img read more

Globacom Ghana pays USD 900,000 to Ghana FA as arbitration settlement

first_imgThe Ghana FA has revealed that telecom company, Globacom Ghana, has paid an amount of USD 900, 000 as arbitration settlement to the association with regards to the canceling of the league sponsorship contract that existed between the two parties.The deal was signed in 2009 and was due to expire at the end of the 2013/ 2014 league season.However, Glo failed to meet sponsorship obligations to the Ghana FA and eventually, the contract was terminated leaving Glo with outstanding debts to the Ghana FA.However, the Ghana FA stated that Glo had managed to reach a settlement with the Normalisation Committee before the Committee handed over.Glo paid an amount of USD 1,000,000 with the FA getting USD 900, 000 and the remaining amount going to the lawyer tasked by the NC to handle the settlement.Below is the full statement from the Ghana FA:“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to announce for the information of its members and all stakeholders that, an amount of $900,000 US Dollars, being arbitration settlement by Globacom Ghana has been bequeathed to it by the former Normalisation Committee of the GFA.The $900,000 US Dollars was paid into the GFA’s account on Wednesday November 27, 2019.As explained by the Normalisation Committee to the new administration of the GFA, Globacom Ghana paid an amount of $1,000,000 (one million) US Dollars to the Normalisation Committee as arbitration settlement for the unilateral abrogation of a sponsorship contract between the GFA and Globacom Ghana.The Normalisation Committee explained further that 10% of the total payment of $1m US Dollars, being $100,000 US Dollars, was paid as legal charges to the Lawyer the Normalisation Committee contracted to pursue payment from Globacom Ghana.”last_img read more

Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves

first_imgView comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I’m just going to play and whatever happens, happens,” Aldridge said. “I’m more comfortable for sure. Playing more confident. Hopefully that translates to us being better out there.”Aldridge’s running dunk on a bounce pass from Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs a 100-92 lead with 1:42 remaining.“They deserved a lot of credit for executing down the stretch against a very talented, well-coached team,” Popovich said.Ginobili finished nine points and four assists, including a 3-pointer within a minute of entering the game midway through the first quarter. Ginobili received a huge ovation similar to the one he got in the team’s final game last season when fans were not sure if he would return.Danny Green added 17 points while shooting 3 for 7 on 3-pointers. Green had two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, both off assists from new teammate Rudy Gay.Gay, who signed with the Spurs after four seasons in Sacramento, had 14 points and five rebounds.Dejounte Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker.TIP-INSWolves: Minnesota’s last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. … After being one of the league’s youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.Spurs: Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard’s return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Parker plans on returning in mid-November from a left quadriceps tendon surgery. … San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points.WELCOME BACKGay, who had not played since tearing his Achilles tendon in January, was glad to be back on the court.“Man, it felt good,” Gay said. “I kind of got emotional in the game just because I’ve been through so much these last couple of months. I’ve been getting so many text messages that motivate me to keep going. It just reminds me of what I’ve been through these last couple of months.”Gay’s opening basket was an emphatic dunk with a minute remaining in the first quarter.MURRAY MOVING ALONGMurray, in his second year out of Washington, had two assists and two turnovers while shooting 7 for 8 from the field in 25 minutes.“He’s playing with much better composure, much more control of the game and directing the team,” Spurs center Pau Gasol said. “But he’s also taking advantage of his athleticism and opportunities.”NO EXCUSES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives between LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs and Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on October 18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy with the Spurs the past two seasons and Gregg Popovich understood why.Their heart-to-heart talk has made basketball life much easier for Aldridge, and his comfort was apparent in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Butler, acquired in offseason trade with Chicago, knew the lead was precarious at best.“Because we were just outscoring them at the time,” Butler said. “Yeah, we got some stops, but we’ve got to rely on defense a lot more.”San Antonio responded defensively, holding Minnesota to two field goals after Butler’s basket.Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 26 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. He shot 9 for 21 from the field and had four assists.He was limited to five attempts in the first quarter as the Spurs did not go out of their way to get the ball to their 6-foot-11 forward, but instead let him ease into the contest.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we’re going to do it differently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Antonio needs Aldridge to feel at ease with the team missing Leonard and Tony Parker to injuries. Even without them, the Spurs had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.Minnesota bolstered its young lineup with the addition of veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague. The quartet helped the Wolves rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 92-91 lead with 5:02 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Butler. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Greek Freak drops 37 points, leads Bucks past Celtics Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau refused to blame a brief preseason schedule for his team’s troubles in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves played three preseason games while trying to incorporate a roster that is almost half-filled with new players.“There is going to be an excuse every night if that’s the road you go down,” Thibodeau said. “But that’s not what we want to do. We have to look at film, try to learn from it and be better the next time.”UP NEXTWolves: Host Utah on Friday.Spurs: Visit Chicago on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Blackberry back as Okumbi summons team for Mozambique friendly

first_imgFirst Coach Stanley Okumbi also handed debut to Joe Waithera, a striker who turns out for National Super League side Wazito FC as he seeks to form a solid team that will represent the country at 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted in Kenya from January 11- February 2.Other notable faces in the team are Vihiga United defender Benard Ochieng, Tusker FC forward Boniface Muchiri and Mathare United attacker Chris Ochieng.Ulinzi’s left-back Omar Mbongi and Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani make a  comeback to the team that will report camp on Sunday, August, 20 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies thereafter leave for Mozambique on August 31.-Squad-GoalkeepersBoniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)DefendersBenard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers)MidfieldersErnest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars)StrikersSamuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Joe Waithera (Wazito), Chris Ochieng (Mathare United)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo in a past Harambee Stars match.Photo/MICHEZO AFRICANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Gor Mahia forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo has made a return to the national football team Harambee Stars after being included in a 19-man provisional local based squad to take on Mozambique in a friendly match September 2 in Maputo.Blackberry, who is enjoying a superb form with his Gor Mahia team, last featured for Harambee Stars in 2015 and was also part of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier team.last_img read more