Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Opinion: Feminism, Sex and Porn

I'm part of a sect of third wave feminism known as sex-positive feminism. I believe in the embracing of sexuality and sex. Rerouting it as something that can be used as patriarchal oppression into beauty, strength and, expression. I believe that people should be having sex and things such as abstinence only programs are simply unrealistic. I think sex should be shown as something healthy and beautiful. In schools we should be using an ABC program that was used in Uganda (before the US AIDS program stepped in and fucked things up), abstinence, be faithful and, use a condom. However, I focus simply on teaching safe enjoyable sex. This is why I enjoy things like the Midwest Teen Sex Show.

Porn is different though. Many feminists are very against porn. I can understand some of their arguments, but I don't agree with them fully. Their argument is that porn is degrading towards womyn and treats them as simply an object. An object often with a disembodied cock that they are sucking on until they get cum sprayed in their face. The unequal economic system pushes womyn into these roles in order to make money to survive. Not only that it provides, especially men, with an unrealistic idea of what sex is supposed to be like which their transfer into their relationships.

These arguments are ones I agree with however, to say all porn is exploitive and degrading towards womyn would in my opinion be untrue. Porn (and other forms of sex work) can to some womyn be a very positive and rewarding experience. It allows them to embrace their bodies as a temple one that can provide a beautiful self-expression. Porn can act as a way of healing one's body issues. Treating one's body as a sacrament.

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Blogger Darkness U.S.A said...

Porn is degrading to women but it is also fantasy. And basically every guy that watches it knows it is unrealistic. a guy will be in for a rude awakening if he thinks his girlfriend or wife will ever act like a porn actress unless she wants to. As far as it hyping up people to rape women well I have heard stories of 60 and 70 year old women being raped so unless these are the hottest seniors ever, rape is a crime of violence and taking a woman's power away.

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