Review Lancaster New Era - September 12, 2008
"Sarracino and Scott leave it up to readers to form their own opinions on the proliferation of porn. They hope their engaging, thought-provoking book jump-starts a national discussion—because porn isn't going anywhere."
Review Metro Spirit - October 2, 2008
“Written with an expansive grasp of the highlights of pornographic history and a mastery of narrative argument, The Porning of America
is a fascinating view of the changing popular culture surrounding American life, which offers a new vision of the days to come and a multitude of debates to be had concerning the sexual reality of the contemporary world.”
Review Newsweek.com - October 7, 2008
"It's too early to know exactly how kids who grow up in this hypersexualized environment will be affected in the long term. But Scott and his coauthor say it's not too soon—or too prudish—to sound the alarm, and to look critically at the sexualized culture we're exposed to every day."
Review XBIZ - October 15, 2008
"They have names like Bratz Dolls, Carl's Jr., Clinique and Johnson & Johnson. NBC Universal, Comcast and AOL are the new adult producers and webmasters. They are the companies we see every day. In The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go From Here
, Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott introduce a cast of porn stars with names that normally would illicit brand awareness, if not warmth, security and affluence."
Review PopMatters - October 29, 2008
“Approaching the material with a particularly clearheaded sociological gaze, the authors map out the ways in which porn’s rise and eventual cultural dominance serves as a microcosm for our sexual liberation, while at the same time indulging in and making literal what are frequently our most shameful desires.”
Review Lancaster Sunday News - November 9, 2008
“A tough book, but not a puritan diatribe, the book traces the influence of pornography on our sensibilities.”
Review Sacramento News Review - November 26, 2008
"What makes [the book] so powerful is the insightful analysis. Choosing to explore the multiple viewpoints that make up this subject, The Porning of America
is a discussion, not a diatribe, about wicked ways or sexual salvation."
Review The Tyee - January 21, 2009
"Authors Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott, an academic duet from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, have overwhelming evidence that the most dehumanizing style of porn has infected every aspect of life, and they trace the history of just how this came to be. . . . The book is subtitled The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go from Here
. . . the authors are brilliant at mapping out the former. In short: we have 'normalized the marginal.'"