Thursday, February 10, 2005

Understanding Pornography

I don't want this to get ugly, and I know how quickly it can. But I think it's important for us to have a conversation about pornography.

Yes, it's true that both men and women like to look at pornography. I remember being about 9 years old and sneaking to look at my uncle's playboy magazine. I remember looking through National Geographic Magazines to see the naked people. I was young and curious. Is that natural? Normal?

I remember over hearing my uncle talking about Playboy. He said he bought the magazines for the articles -- not for the pictures.

Is the pornography of the 1960's - 70's different then the pornography available today?

One of the problems with pornography is the fact that many of the young women and men who are photographed are being exploited. Many of these individuals are barely over 18 (or have fake ID's). The majority of individuals who get involved are survivors of childhood sexual violence. Many got their start after running away from home and get lured in.

When someone earns a living off of young adults taking their clothes off and having sex to be photographed -- I personally have a serious problem with it.

I don't want to throw stones at any one person. The problem is one in our society. One that our entire society need to address.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Is the pornography of the 1960's - 70's different then the pornography available today?"

Very much so. If you look back through any old Playboys of the '60's, they almost seem quaint.

Personally, I've gone through several attitudes toward it, from being disgusted by it as a teenager, to enjoying it at times in my twenties. But I think it's become a huge problem since the internet. The spill-over into popular culture can't be denied, and when mothers complain they can't find decent clothing for their 8 year olds that don't make them look like hookers, there's a problem. There are weirder and weirder things out on the interent, and 'support' for people who are into everything from being Furries to those who want to get some part of themselves amputated. In other words, I think the influence of pornography does have some effect of pushing those who get addicted to it to seek further 'kicks', weirder stuff, as they become desensitized to regular old sex.

February 10, 2005 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you define what pornography is? Are there different terms used for different types?

February 10, 2005 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Define? Writing or imagery meant to sexually arouse or titillate.

February 11, 2005 5:10 PM  

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