November 08th, 2013

If you’ve been following our Conversation Starter this week, you know the discussion around the role of pornography in relationships has elicited quite the range of responses. We’ve heard from many of you on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, and learned that while some of you are comfortable exploring pornography and integrating it into your relationships, others feel it’s detrimental to your personal wellbeing, as well as your respective partnerships.

After our UK special, where Caitlin Moran offered a “pro-porn” perspective, we invited contributor Mandy Hale to offer a different point of view. The goal: create an inclusive, honest dialogue.

To be clear, we do not endorse any person, approach or viewpoint. We merely offer a 360-degree vantage point of the question and theme de jour.

We appreciate your differing opinions and willingness to share them – this is the kind of discussion we LOVE to see on The Conversation. As you carry on with your weekend, here are a few of the women also creating a larger conversation around sexuality and relationships today:

Cindy Gallop: Cindy is the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, a site with the goal to provide more realistic information about human sexuality than that provided by pornography. MakeLoveNotPorn.tv is designed “to make #realworldsex socially acceptable and socially shareable.” Check out Cindy’s Twitter and Facebook page.

Caitlin Moran:  As well as being a guest on our special UK episode of The Conversation this week, Caitlin is a broadcaster, TV critic and columnist, and author of the book How To Be A Woman. You can follow Caitlin on Twitter and Facebook.

Sasha Grey: Sasha, whose photo shoot with Amanda was featured on The Conversation earlier this year, is an actor, musician, author, and former adult film actress. Check out Sasha on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus are the co-directors of the film Sexy Baby, a documentary “about sexiness and the cyber age,” tackling the topic of media and sexuality through personal storytelling.  Connect with the filmmakers and other viewers on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Gail Dines is a feminist anti-pornography activist, lecturer, author, professor, and founding member of the group Stop Porn Culture.  You can follow Gail on Facebook and Twitter.

Is there anyone else who should be on our list? Let us know in the comments below. Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to come back on Monday for next week’s Conversation Starter.

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