A Defense Of Porno

Filed under: Feminist, Other — stomachpunch at 1:35 pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2007

It may come to a surprise to you but one of my best friends is a feminist. Ive known her for about 6-7 years know and itts very odd that we are friends, seeing as how I am in the porno industry and she is a staunch defender of the Feminist Mystique, however life works in strange and peculiar ways. Anyways the first day that I told her that I had landed a job at an adult company she lecture me for about an hour on how this would destroy my life and how I was contributing to the demise of exploited women. I took it in grace and told her not to worry, and that it was a job between jobs. A year and a half later Im still in the industry and shes still on my ass for being in the industry. Everytime we get in a fight she brings up the porno industry and attacks me from that angle. I got sick of it one day and sent her this article written by Mike, some dude. We still get into fights, but after that day, she has yet to attack me from the porno angle. So if ever the time comes when you need to defend yourself for watching porno, liking porno, or working in porno, bust this article out and own that mutha fucka who’s trying to get you down.

  1. "Pornography exploits children". Obviously, this assumes that all porno is child porno, which is a totally unreasonable generalization. I’ve seen a lot of porno, but I’ve never seen child porno. Snuff films exploit death; does this somehow mean that we should ban action movies?

  2. "Pornography degrades women". Again, this is an unreasonable generalization. It is unfortunately true that some porno depicts women as mere objects of sexual exploitation (although it should be noted that some porno also degrades men, particularly the sadomasochist porn in which a female "dominatrix" humiliates and abuses male "slaves"). However, one can’t generalize about porno based on its worst examples, any more than one should generalize about mainstream films based on movies which glorify violence or promote and/or affirm racial stereotypes. If we should ban all pornography which depicts acts of sexual assault and domination, should we also ban all movies which glorify violence?

  3. "When people view pornography, it is more likely that they will commit sexual assault." It is infuriating that this is almost always stated as a fact, even though there is no supporting evidence for this conclusion (even the shaky statistical correlations favoured by sociologists don’t exist). We are reminded that most rape involves porno, but that proves nothing because porno is a multi-billion dollar business with many tens of millions of customers, the vast majority of whom are not rapists. In fact, there are numerous European countries in which both pornography and prostitution are widespread and legal, yet the incidence of rape is much lower than it is in America (in Germany, for example, explicit pornography and prostitution are both legal, yet it has less than one quarter of America’s rate of sexual assault). Furthermore, even if we do accept these grossly unscientific claims of a causal relationship, this kind of reasoning is equally applicable to mainstream films which depict violence or promote or affirm racial and sexual stereotypes; should we ban them too?

  4. "Pornography promotes a distorted, unrealistic view of sexuality". This is true, but mainstream films promote distorted, unrealistic views of every other aspect of life, don’t they? There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as everybody knows it. That, of course, leads to the fact that sex education must be liberated from the clutches of the asinine "family values" people, whose idea of family values is apparently to conceal information from their children, thus leaving them woefully unprepared for the sexual aspect of their adult life. Adolescents will see pornography sooner or later whether you like it or not, but if they’ve already been educated, then they’ll know exactly how and where it’s unrealistic, so it won’t become their impromptu sex education teacher.

  5. "People can grow addicted to pornography, to the point where that they won’t go for an extended duration without watching it". The same could be said of mainstream television, or for that manner, anything which is particularly enjoyable. But an addiction is only unhealthy if it has destructive effects, and I reiterate that there is no evidence whatsoever for pornography’s supposedly destructive effects. It is possible for someone to begin obsessing over it and spending too much time on it, but the same could be said of fanaticism about any other hobby or genre of entertainment, such as comic books, science fiction, or automobile restoration.

  6. "People tend to get jaded by pornography, so that they need progressively more and more explicit material in order to induce arousal". This argument is based on experiments in which test subjects who watched pornography for extended periods required progressively more explicit material in order to maintain arousal. However, the same effect is also observed with many other forms of environmental stimuli such as violent movies or even smells and tastes; should we ban them all? It’s part of our nature (the human brain is a pattern recognition machine, and it becomes bored with repetition so we tend to demand variety and escalation), and there is no rational reason to blame pornography for the fact that it is no exception to this phenomenon.

  7. "Pornography erodes the traditional values of our grandparents". This is the standard right-wing religious fundamentalist moron argument. However, the "traditional values" of our grandparents were often abhorrent (for example, racism and religious intolerance, both of which were widely accepted in their era). Furthremore, pornography is not a new phenomenon; it dates back, in various forms, to virtually the dawn of recorded civilization (I’ve seen porn from the 1940s; it wasn’t particularly exciting, but it was interesting from an historical perspective). Moreover, the consensus among psychologists is that sexual repression causes far more social damage than pornography, particularly with respect to its corrosive effect on marriages, in which sexual dissatisfaction often results directly from puritanical attitudes.

  8. "Women in the porno industry are being beaten and raped." I’m sure this has happened. However, it is an extreme hasty generalization to assume that therefore, all pornography is based upon women who are beaten and raped. Moreover, we should remember that while abuses may exist, there are a lot of women in the porno industry who are well treated, and for whom it has been a highly lucrative career. Top-billed porno actresses make a lot of money for what they do, and they make even more money touring the country. No one is suggesting that people in the porno industry should be immune from prosecution if they beat and rape their actresses, since those actions would be criminal. However, generalizing about all pornography on the basis of its seediest producers and then using them as an excuse to punish the entire industry is completely illogical.

 

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4 Comments »

Comment by Michael Wong

September 25, 2007 @ 6:02 am

Hi there. One of my readers pointed out to me that somebody copied my “defense of pornography” arguments from one of my webpages. I don’t mind if you copy my defense of pornography from my website, but I would appreciate it if you gave credit. Thanks.

Comment by Michael Wong

September 25, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

PS. By “credit”, I meant something a bit more specific than “Mike, some dude” :)

Comment by Pollick

December 19, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

you stole from mike wong, faggots

Comment by Jeff

April 13, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

Blatantly stolen from here.

Direct quotes (especially of a full work!) without any real reference is plagarism, which is a crime.

It also may very well be copyright infringement, since you’re re-distributing his work without permission.

It’s well within his rights in most countries to sue your asses.

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