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Porn, Lies or true?

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Topoff · 13/04/2011 07:26

What do people think about this?

Is porn corrupting more women now?

Guardian article

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ousel · 13/04/2011 07:38

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Beachcomber · 13/04/2011 07:48

Hi Topoff. I saw this too. I think it is a 'red flag' IYSWIM.

I think if more and more women are getting into internet porn than that it disturbing and worrying.

It means that porn is so very easily accessible, ubiquitous and insidious that there is no escaping it. I also think that the backlash against feminism has influenced women's perception of porn - we are expected to like it or at least not be 'prudish' about it.

Problem is the porn of nowadays is abusive, violent and highly misogynistic. I think it is criminal that men like this stuff and chilling that women don't see it for what it is.

Unfortunately I think articles like this one will also be hijacked and used to defend porn with that hackneyed and insulting argument 'but women do it too.'.

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dittany · 13/04/2011 09:32

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Inmydreamimawesternhero · 13/04/2011 09:55

Topoff;

The Internet has made traditional male 'passtimes' ( for want of a better word) a lot more accessable to women, for instance the gambling rates for women has shot up due to on-line gambling. This is interesting because one could argue that (some) women have always wanted to gamble and use porn but were restricted by the intimidation they felt going into a betting office or buying pornography in a shop. You could also argue that women should be able to do whatever men do, well now they can. Is that liberating? Time will tell. Maybe with the rise of Internet pornography more women will make porn purely for other women.

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InmaculadaConcepcion · 13/04/2011 10:14

I think it says much about the sexual objectification of the female form. It is now so pervasive in our society that a number of women (as well as men) regard the naked female form or the sight of women engaged in suggestive poses/activities etc. as erotic. The internet has meant it is also far more accessible.

This quote from the Quit Porn guy:
"There's a real sense among women that it's bad, dirty, wrong and they're often unable to get beyond that."

Er, well yes - once you know the facts about porn, it is indeed bad, dirty and wrong.

As dittany said, though, the numbers of porn-using women are still likely to be miniscule when compared with the number of male users of porn.

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SpringchickenGoldBrass · 13/04/2011 11:35

That article's a crock of shit. The only 'expert' who appears to have any recognised credentials, Philip Hodson, says it's not exactly a major threat to the world we live ing. And the others cited are some bloke trying to flog his own speshul counselling group and a Born Again (never trust anything said about porn by Born Again Christians as there's always the other agenda, which is not at all feminist-friendly, going on with them).

The other thing with claims made by counsellors is that, unless they have done some extensive research, they are just speculating because happy, mentally healthy people don't consult counsellors - when all you see is troubled people you start thinking everyone is troubled.

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