I read a story out of Egypt yesterday that they had banned internet pornography and for the most part I was pretty unconcerned with the whole thing. Sure access to porn is one of the many things we in the United States have, but I’m not really sure that it’s the kind of ban that we should be as concerned about as many of the other things around the world. That’s why I pointed out to some people that it was small in the great scheme of things.

People got so defensive that I was kind of shocked. People were claiming that it enriched their lives and that it was so important to them or that the disappearance of porn would drive the rate of rape up. Honestly I think that some of the attitudes that we see toward women are in part due to pornography. I was telling someone about how racism and humiliation play a pretty heavy.

The example that I gave was a video series that features girls who think they’re interviewing for a job in the adult film industry. The guy who is interviewing them basically asks the girls to film an “audition tape”. The videos make a big point of telling you that the girls think the tape is real, but it’s not. Of course this is all pretend. But the point in telling you about the job being fake is for the humiliation and degradation factor. That’s part of the turn on and the fact that women being humiliated and made a spectacle of is really a big thing for some men is kind of worrying. Sure it could be called normal or just part of a kind of “behind closed doors” life some of us have.

But the real worrying thing is the attitudes toward women and of women in society. Sure all of that started long before modern pornography, but I’m sure it’s not being helped by it either.

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4 thoughts on “Another Post About Porn

      1. Yeah, completely. It’s scary that porn can become so important to people but I think that right there is the problem. If we lived in a culture that was less obsessed with sex (think advertising for example) and less terrified of sex (think the huge taboos that often still surround sex) then I think people wouldn’t feel so strongly about the importance of porn. I think it’s important to people because it offers a way of having (a kind of) sex in a space that is entirely controlled by you and nobody else can see you or laugh at your ‘strange’ desires and all of that. More openness less porn. Maybe… maybe I’m talking rubbish. Who knows.

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      2. I think that you hit the nail on the head really…I think our obsession with sex and our fear of it are what cause the whole issues. I got torn up when I mentioned that porn isn’t all that healthy.

        People don’t seem to be very good when it comes to sex in general. One guy actually tried to tell me that guys are supposed to just sleep around. He even said that cheating on your wife has nothing to do with you being wrong morally.

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