Porn: Pro and Con

When it comes to pornography feminists are divided. Where do you stand?

Pro-porn feminists

Feminists who call themselves “sex-positive” say sexual freedom is essential to women’s freedom. They feel patriarchy represses women’s sexual expression, and say porn can liberate through challenging conventional notions that women should be monogamous, romantic, and that sex should be tied to procreation. They do not believe that laws written in a male-dominated society would serve women’s interests.

 Anti-porn feminists

Feminists who oppose pornography say it turns women into objects, promotes misogyny, eroticizes male dominance, and leads to violence against women. As one anti-porn blogger put it, “instead of being portrayed as individuals, as human beings, they are treated as fragmented body parts; women, men and children are depicted and used as holes, cunts, living sex aids, receptacles for the depositing of waste fluids.”

Does pornography cause violence against women?  

Studies are not conclusive.

Researchers asked male volunteers to administer electric shocks to women, under the guise of providing feedback in learning experiments. Men who had been exposed to violent and humiliating pornography were more aggressive in administering shocks.

Men who were shown violent and humiliating pornography also developed attitudes that were closer to those of rapists’. But the effects evaporated after a couple of months.

And we still don’t know whether pornography causes actual rape.

On the other hand, correlation studies often find that the more pornography is consumed, the lower the rate of rape. Does pornography decrease rape? Other factors could be in play. Over the last 20 years:

  • pornography consumption increased due to the Internet
  • women’s power and status rose because of increased opportunity in our society
  • the rate of rape decreased according to Justice Department victimization surveys

Has rape decreased because of higher pornography consumption or because women’s power and status has broadly risen despite porn?

Civil Libertarian Feminists

Other feminists believe that pornography is offensive and even harmful, but they feel that protection of individual rights and freedoms is more important.

What should be done?

Should pornography be celebrated as “pro-sex” feminists believe? Should laws be imposed against pornography as many anti-porn feminists advocate, and as civil libertarians fear? Should those who are concerned about negative effects of pornography turn to dialogue and education rather than the law?

 Where do you come down on the issue?

 Georgia Platts

Sources:

Gloria Cowan. “Pornography: Conflict Among Feminists.” Women: A Feminist Perspective, Fifth Edition. Edited by Jo Freeman. 1995

Michael Kimmel. Guyland. Harper. 2008

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13 Responses

  1. I BELIEVE THAT THE INEXPERIENCED, THOSE WHO HAVE DEEP FEELINGS OF INADEQUATE ABILITY’S OF SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION IN THE MAKING OF LOVE TO ANOTHER, AND THOSE WHO FOR WHAT EVER REASON HAVE AN UNCONTROLLABLE DESIRE SEXUAL SATISFACTIONS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE ATTRACTED TO PORN. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT A WOMANS BODY IS A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART THAT COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN CREATED BY GOD. I AM A FAN OF SEX WITH ONE YOU CARE ABOUT AND WISH TO PLEASE HER IN ANYWAY SHE MIGHT DESIRE.

  2. Please give me 5 minutes and read this study and comment – We must stand up and be heard from. We simply cannot allow any study to stand and define all women regarding Porn unless very broad scope of women participate. I want to make sure moderate and conservative women along with Liberal women have their say. All women please participate !

    Please give me 5 minutes! Too often these studies are conducted in Liberal settings and in my opinion may reflect a liberal view, and that would be just as skewed as if it were conducted in a conservative setting. Therefore I decided to call out to our non partisan and very independent RIDs Group of women and see what we think.

    Please help! Participate. The participation in last week’s study was pretty good – quite revealing but it could be better and if we had a larger sample would be of greater value. So please – give me 5 minutes!

    • A recent content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes, a total of 3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed. On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal or physical aggression, ranging from none to 128. Forty-eight percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88% showed physical aggression. Seventy-two percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men; 94% of aggressive acts were committed against women. The most common responses victims expressed when aggressed were either pleasure or neutrality. Fewer than 5% of the aggressive acts provoked a negative response from the female victims, including flinching and requests to stop the action. This pornographic “reality” was further highlighted by the infrequency of more positive behaviors, such as verbal compliments, embracing, kissing, or laughter.

      • That pretty much says it all. thank you Lisa. And keep in mind this shit gets to our young boys and shapes their impressionable minds then our young girls go walking down the street half naked…

        You know — it doesn’t take a genius to figure this out ladies. Either you have been brainwashed to think this is ok or there is something seriously wrong and help needs to be found.
        Most girls have been abused in one form or another from birth either verbally, visually or physically and this is the result!
        It is not equality that allows us to have our bodies mistreated – it is pure stupidity and to think that you like it is sick and requires attention!
        Some people cut themselves, take drugs, drink them selves to death too that doesn’t make it normal- Get help!

  3. I do not believe Porn is positive for women and a lot of young women feel its OK to sleep around and wear sexy clothes. I don’t think Porn should be celebrated but I don’t believe it should be illegal either. I want the Government out of our bedrooms so I guess I am a civil libertarian feminist.
    I know that I will never allow my daughters to read some of the trash that come from so called young feminists. They seem more interested in getting laid then they are in equal rights.
    These same women went for Barack Obama instead of supporting the two women so they get no respect from me.

    • I agree! Equal rights does not mean equal absurdity, equal stupidity or equal degradation. We don’t stoop down to reach their level and call that equal do we?
      My word – you would think we would want to ask for equality to be elevated above being treated like objects sexual or otherwise. Instead of asking for more money, more representation in government and the highest job in the nation we are asking for PORN? We are asking for the right to be used as urinals to be jacked off into and onto? We are asking for the freedom to screw all over the place and be hog tied like swine so we can squeal like pigs for the pleasure of perverts. Instead of desiring a black gown and gavel we are asking for G-stings and thongs and a pole to slither around like snakes to entertain any man that will just as soon screw our neighbor or the neighbor’s daughter or son – tomorrow? What the hell have we come to? Would we really rather pose naked for some male with our vagina open for business than to march up the steps of our state houses and effect change in our country? God help us and then we wonder why we are murdered at the rate of 4 a day and our little girls are yanked out of their sleeping beds and raped then buried alive after he has had his fill. Porn leads to more porn which leads to kidde porn. Wake up and grow up and get your head out of your cunt long enough to act like a responsible woman for the sake of womankind already.
      Women are women’s worse enemies. And I agree we don’t need laws to stop PORM- we need women to stop porn- the animals who use it won’t. If we elevate ourselves and unite- as a majority we will have the power to get for ALL women exactly what we want and need and will never again have to be used like this.

      DISGRACE!

  4. Exposure to X-rated films among 522 black females aged 14 to 18, was associated with being 2.0 times more likely to have multiple sex partners, 1.8 times more likely to have sex more frequently, 1.5 times more likely to have not used contraception during the last intercourse, 2.2 times as likely to have not used contraception in the past 6 months, more than twice as likely to have a strong desire to conceive, and 1.7 times more likely to test positive for Chlamydia.

    Wingood, G., DiClemente, R., Harrington, K., Davies, S., Hook, E., & Oh, M. (2001). Exposure to X-rated movies and adolescents’ sexual and contraceptive-related attitudes and behaviors, Pediatrics, 107(5), 1116-1119.

  5. I feel porn is degrading and dehumanizing for women. The female becomes an object & males view them as an object, a piece of trash especially if females submit to the degradation.

    The video games Grand Theft Auto & the musical lyrics of the Rapper Two Live Crew was so filthy & disgusting that a FL atty was so repulsed he sued them, to prevent the public airing during normal day hours ….and won. I absolutely agree with that stand …our children should not have the smut forced upon them under the guise that freedom of speech allows it ! What about decency laws ??? Parents shouldnt feel compelled to keep their children under continuos surveilance either. Sadly that atty after 30 yrs of clean honest practice of law suffered the wrath of Hollywood’s enormous power to force the smut …he was disbared by the state of FL and has fought a valant fight but the even the feds are submissive to the powers of the Hollywood elite at the detriment of the people ….and I want to know why Hilary Clinton wont take a stand on that ??? She had supported the lawyer during the initial battle but abandoned him in his time of need, as did the US Supreme Court & the so called justice system.
    Back to the issue of porn …..I think a poll of HS & college students would also be very revealing & i’d bet the findings would speak loud & clear that porn is dehumanizing for women …and beauty has nothing to do in the equation …it’s a tool to exploit the female !

  6. Porn is a sickness …a cancer that breeds cancer !!! What a repulsive excuse for behaviors even lower than the animal kingdom!!

    We think we have a civilzed society but is it really ??? Pretty lowlife when even our children can not be safe.

  7. […] Readers Discuss: Porn, Pro and Con Posted on September 1, 2010 by broadblogs This discussion of yesterday’s topic comes almost entirely from the post I made to the blog, FreeMeNow. […]

  8. The course our society is heading is one that is very destructive to the fabric of our family and basic fundamental values. The direction this study purports becomes a slippery slope that erodes what little is left of those values. An example of a sick and increasingly popular custom is known in Islam which supports old men raping and/or “marrying” girls younger than nine years old; it is based on an “anything goes” mentality for half of its citizens. Toleration and reinforcement of the objectification of 50% of a population for the debase addiction of pornography is the beginning of the end for any civilization. History will support this.

  9. This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Best wishes! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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