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Ben Shapiro’s Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future is a serious-minded treatise on morality, sexuality, and the modern era which attempts to coral a wide variety of statistics, trends, and anecdotal evidence into a cohesive commentary on West’s so-called "porn generation", and the social mores that define the lives of young Americans today.

Andrew Sweeney’s performance perfectly complements the academic tone of this extremely thought-provoking conservative work; his reading is calm and measured, but eminently listenable, and he guides the listener through Shapiro’s arguments with great grace. An interesting and engrossing contribution to the ongoing debate on modern American cultural values.

Publisher's Summary

Talkin’ about my generation? It’s the Porn Generation

It’s everywhere, from commercials to New York Times best-sellers to college (and even younger) classrooms. In fact, pornography has become such a part of normal life in 21st century America that many teens and twenty-somethings have had no more important influence. They are the porn generation, where life’s expectations come from Mouseketeer pop tarts, Victoria’s Secret, internet titillation, and condom-flogging sex education.

Tom Wolfe’s novel Charlotte Simmons told part of the story - but in Porn Generation it’s for real. Ben Shapiro speaks as a member of this generation, and the tale he has to tell is a shocking perspective on life in an age where moral relativism reigns on college campuses, oversexed narcissism rules the airwaves, and purity is the new sin. In Porn Generation you’ll learn:

  • How porn producers see themselves as shaping and taking over Mainstreet U.S.A.
  • The real face of taxpayer-funded sex education: nine-year-olds learning about condoms; twelve-year-olds being questioned about their "sexual orientation"
  • The new collegiate do’s (accepting "sexile") and don’ts ("dormcest")
  • How Hollywood and TV have mainstreamed pornography: why porn stars now turn up regularly on television and in glossy ads - and why celebrities imitate porn stars
  • Mamas, don’t let your daughters grow up to be co-eds: why on college campuses - and throughout the porn generation - sexual relationships are as disposable as used condoms

Is there any good news? Yes. A lifestyle of playing pimps and hos - even if dressed up in preppie clothing - can only last so long before disease, despair, and depression set in - and many in the porn generation are beginning to wake up to their tragedy. Ben Shapiro closes Porn Generation with a roundtable discussion that brings together the diverse perspectives of columnist and bestselling author Michelle Malkin, Dallas Morning News op-ed editor Rod Dreher, former Princeton chaplain Father C. J. McCloskey III, and columnist and best-selling author David Limbaugh to discuss how bad things have become and what the prospects are for bringing the porn generation back from the brink. Porn Generation is the book that will define this generation - and provide a warning for generations to come.

©2005 Ben Shapiro (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Im a leftist and i loved it

Ben Shapiro continuously impressed me throughout the book seeing as all his arguments were backed up my solid data. There are sometimes where it is noticeable that the data is skewed a bit to favor Ben's arguments which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5 star rating.

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Listen to it, or read it, but don't neglect it

Absolutely eye opening. A must read, or listen for everyone. It will provide you with more knowledge and a greater understanding of why American entertainment's standards have fallen, and some suggestions on how to bring back, or raise those standards again.

The narrator was generally good, but there were a few small parts where he seemed... Uninteresting, or unappealing for lack of better words to describe it. But overall he was very good, and I'd listen to him again.

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As a social scientist

Shapiro is so smart. I have a MA is Cross-cultural studies, and found this book to be right on so many levels, and I learned some things in the process. Must read if you'd like to reverse the tide of hypersexualization, and restore innocence to childhood.

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  • Frank
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 11-30-13

GREAT BOOK ON OUR MELTDOWN

There is no escaping the TRUTH. Shapiro is 100% correct in his argument in spelling out the moral degradation that we are witnessing in our society and how it impacts our culture (especially for our children). He craft fully outlines how we are being sold out by Hollywood, the Music Industry, our education system, and our government. If you have children, you should read this book. A+

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Good stuff.

As a recently married 21 year old, I can with certainty say this is all true.

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If you have kids read this

So worth the read (or listen rather) to understand what my boys will be facing and worse when they are teens. Oversexing our children’s lives with too much television, videos games and music is bad parenting. This will inspire or compel you to do better!

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Im a left minded atheist and I love this book

Shapiro and myself disagree on many topics which is what makes this well researched book so interesting. This book hilights many of my childhood heros and how my generation has been influenced by them, mass media, and the free love do what you want mentality of my parents generation. As a teacher I have seen how the internet has an increasingly huge impact on the development of the kids in our nation. This book brings light to how a generation raised by mass media and the instaint gratification of modern society has impacted the lives of basically everyone around me, myself included. Our children will mimic the behavior they see which is why it is importaint to monitor what they see.

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so good!

This book is eye opening and important. I wish all American adults would read it.

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The facts carve out an interesting moral landscape

A quick and interesting read. The facts are somewhat surprising. The line of purity is set at 'Ben', which is a little high. So some of the book seems a little like Michael Jordan yelling at his teammates.

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I highly recommend this book

Porn Generation perfectly articulates all that is wrong with society's values and lack of morals.

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  • Leon Declis
  • 02-12-17

How the Descent into Sexuality Has Hurt Us

Would you listen to Porn Generation again? Why?

I would perhaps use it as an academic source, but I am not sure I would listen to it again for fun.

The narrator isn't a particularly good one, and the editing isn't helping.

That said, the actual content of the book was deep, well-researched, and well-sourced. It does suffer from the assumption that this book will be read by someone with little knowledge of American culture, and yet is difficult to penetrate without that knowledge. As a Brit, many things simply didn't quite ring with me, but the general subject matter did touch me as another inhabitant of the Christian Western developed world.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew Bernays?

I would not pick another book by Andrew Bernays because he narrated it, and I would pick another narrator if the option is there. Andrew is serviceable, but not notable, and his performance here isn't particularly great.

However, his tone matches the tone of the book, and that is to be commended.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book covers the education system, media system, and so on, with the effects on the youth and children of American society, as well as the increase of electronic consumption and the effects of the Internet on the generation Ben speaks about.

It has made me consider my attitudes about how I will raise my children, and how I shall hope to guide their future.

Any additional comments?

I would really recommend this book to be read, but the Audible is fair enough.

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  • Bruna
  • 02-17-18

I wish it was with Ben's voice but it is nice

Fast and spot on. Ben has really good books. I really enjoyed this book too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

Very honest from the author

Interesting book. The author is very unapologetic in the views he holds and rightly so. He gives an interesting point of view and shows the gradual decent of our world into a more morally corrupt and oversuxualised world. Only thing lacking is any kind of practical solution beyond stating the obvious. But this book is very good for identifying the problem.

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  • Chris
  • 08-19-17

I like Ben Shapiro but...

I like Ben Shapiro very much he is a brilliant debater and talks a lot of sense. Underlying his thought and speech is a strong commitment to old testament morality and it shows in this book, not that there is anything wrong with that, it is admirable that someone can seemingly stick to such a rigid and demanding system especially in the current times. Perhaps such a life provides its own rewards. However as he goes through the history of the decline of censorship and its spread into the mainstream he sounds a bit like someone who has been transported in time to the modern day from the victorian era. Things such as French Connections FCUK campaign are described in the outraged terms that it was obviously meant to provoke. A plethora of other very familiar phenomenon is described with the same offended tone which the narrator captures very well. I think there are things to be concerned about with the rise of ubiquity of porn and into the wider world. How extreme acts are becoming normalised for example. But he doesn't seem to notice that some good may have come from it too, like the awareness that women can be just as hungry and gratified by sex as men. There is plenty to make a really interesting book but Ben comes across as a bit of a square and a prude here.

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  • Hank
  • 02-18-18

great read

Very sad read on the extent of sexualisation in society. What I liked was Ben's wit about the tripe and propaganda coming out of Hollywood. His facetiousness dig at the producers, stars, singers, (harlots, sluts and pimps); willingly participating in pushing the acceptance of porno to the younger generation.

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  • Mr. A. G. Donaghey
  • 11-09-17

TRUTH WITH NOTHING HELD BACK

This should be read or listened to by everyone.
Very sobering.
Hollywood, advertising agencies, and the media at large have a lot to answer for.
Well done Ben Shapiro
Now, I want to see what else of his work is available.
Shalom Agape
AGD