Happy St. Patty’s friends!
Today I want to talk a little bit about a class discussion I participated in this past Monday. We were blessed to be around the presence of Cate Palczewski, as she informed us about the positives and negatives of pornography. When I reflect back on the reading (Palczewski Reading.pdf), I dive deeper into the question of “if pornography is bad?” In class we talked about the negative objectification of women, sexual abuse of women, and sexualization of child pornography. With those aspects being said, I do believe that pornography leaves negative effects. When males are taught at a young age to objectify women as their “bitch,” and seen as just a body to have sex with; all respect is being lost.
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Being in a sorority, I am constantly around fraternity boys that joke around about the “bitches they f*cked last night,” and hearing that makes me sad. Sad to think that we live in a patriarchal society, where young boys are growing up learning to disrespect women. Guys joke about watching porn, sexting, or women’s naked bodies… I’m here to say: It’s not funny. Pornography is a conversation that needs to be talked about, because it brings about serious issues for reasons behind males treating women like objects, and unequal partners.
On a more personal note, I’ve experienced multiple times being sexualized by men. Even my guy friends objectify my body. When my guy friend’s slap my butt, joke about my breasts, and when I’m eating certain foods they talk about keeping my mouth open. Sexualized comments can really make me, and other women, feel very uncomfortable. Because of the way websites like PornHub contribute to the standard of treating women like shit, men start to believe that is the norm. Also, the way women in the videos may be legally 18+, but are dressed to look youthful adolescents is disturbing. Why are men fascinated by the dominating factor of child sexual molestation?
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Unfortunately, websites like that, have created a negative stigma for what makes porn content. Women are shown to be treated lesser, therefore it translates in a more realistic form, when women do not meet men’s expectations. Porn doesn’t have to be like that. I strongly believe that nakedness and sexual expression are not necessarily bad factors of being human. It can actually be a beautiful act, and even a form of art.
But I’ll leave you all with some food for thought:
- Has modern day pornography normalized the objectification of women’s bodies?
2. Why have pornographic websites geared majority of their content to male pleasure? Are women even in present day still being negatively stigmatized for being too sexual?
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