By: Rus Ervin Funk, MSW, CSE
Without realizing it, men who view pornography tend to internalize the messages and norms that pornography reinforces. This internalization influences how men view women and masculinity and how they engage in and experience sex. It also affects men’s response to individuals who disclose that they’ve been raped, the degree and intensity of men’s support for rape myths, and their willingness to engage as activists against rape and rape culture.
This finely-crafted volume, What’s Wrong with This Picture: The Impact of Viewing Pomography, is a curriculum for men. It is an eight-session program designed to support men to critically explore the impact of viewing of pornography, deepen their empathy and compassion for women’s experience of pornography, and encourage them to engage in activism to promote gender equality.
Some of the content includes:
• How viewing pornography tends to affect how men view women in their classrooms, homes, offices, neighborhoods, & places of worship;
• The influence of pornography on how men flirt and date;
• The impact of viewing pornography on men’s attitudes regarding rape, sexual assault, dating violence, and their willingness to interrupt abusive, harassing or hurtful behavior by other men; and
• Ways men can act to challenge pornography and rape culture.
“The information, opportunities for dialogue, and tips for reflection in Rus Funk’s curriculum develop for participants a deeper understanding of the impact ofpornography not only on their own lives, but also on others. This is an exciting new resource. ”
—Cordelia Anderson, MA
Author of Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture” (NEARI Press)
“Rus Funk has created a stunningly effective approach to reaching men about the impact that pornography has on the lives of women — and of men. “What’s Wrong With This Picture” teaches us how to engage men of all ages in a process of serious reflection and reevaluation, while also steering us away from becoming preachy or shaming.”
Author Why Does He Do That: Inside the MInds of Angry and Controlling Men
” Rus Funk’s groundbreaking work is a valuable roadmap for all of us working to end commercial sexual exploitation and gender based violence.”
Director of Men’s Accountability, Organization for Prostitution Survivors
# 9908 (ISBN 978-1-929657-07-0)