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Sexing the Media

How and Why We Do It

Debra L. Merskin

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No book is an island and this volume is no exception. My sincere thanks to everyone who supported me in this project. In particular, thanks to students in my J4/510 Sex and the Media class who provided feedback, curiosity, and enthusiasm for this subject. Thanks go to my friends and family who were patient as I regularly declined invitations because I had to write. A special thanks to Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, whose guest visits to my class, input on my ideas, and support informed my understanding of the connections between pornography and addiction. Joanne Alba, Education Projects Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon, provided context for understanding the crisis in America in terms of the rates of unwanted teenage pregnancies and the importance of comprehensive sex education in schools. Thank you above all to Mary Savigar, Phyllis Korper, Bernadette Shade of Peter Lang and Theresa Kay for supporting this project. Grateful acknowledgment as well to copyright holders for permissions to use materials: photographer Donald Schneider and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and to Professor Tom Bivins for the artwork used on the cover.

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