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Providence guest lecture will address “Pornified Culture”
2015-10-20
 
“Pornography has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry that is shaping our culture. What does this look like? What are the implications for us as a society, as individuals, and particularly for our children?”
 
Julia Beazley has been tackling these questions since 1999, when she joined The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as a policy analyst.
 
Pornography, and its societal effects, is among her focus areas (domestic and global poverty, homelessness, prostitution, and human trafficking are others) and on Tuesday, October 27, she will present a lecture entitled “Pornified Culture: Haunted Selves and Hindered Society” to the Providence community.
 
It’s a topic, she says, that is widely relevant.
 
“Pornography isn’t just a men’s issue,” she explains. “It is shaping and educating a generation about sexuality and about how men and women should behave, and harming both men and women—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.”
 
Her first presentation, themed “The Evolution of Pornography and the Devolution of Sexuality,” will run from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre and will be followed by a talk on “Resisting Pornography, Reclaiming Sexuality, and Restoring Society” from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
 
All students, staff, and faculty, as well as local media and members of the community, are invited to attend. There is no charge for admission, and no registration is required.
 
(Click here to watch Beazley address the Supreme Court of Canada’s prostitution ruling.)
 
Beazley’s lecture, and all Providence Guest Lectures, are put on by the school’s Public Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr. Dennis Hiebert, Professor of Sociology and Department Head of Arts and Sciences.
 
“We expect a slightly different take on pornography from [Beazley] because she is a policy analyst—not a biblical scholar, theologian, or ethicist—and therefore may lead us in thinking more about potential public solutions than about the nature of the personal problem,” says Hiebert.
 
But, he adds, “We will never be able to address the problem effectively until we understand the social-psychological dynamics that lead people to use pornography. Moral condemnation and exhortation alone is insufficient.”
 
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(Top photo courtesy Context with Lorna Dueck.)
 
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