Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Why I Hate The Article "Why Women Hate Porn"

Salon's Broadsheet pointed me to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald annoyingly titled, "Why Women Hate Porn." According to a survey conducted by Elle Magazine and MSNBC.com, 41% of women admitted to watching porn on the internet. Instead of, you know, giving in to the radical notion that women are sexual beings who can be just as stimulated and turned on by porn as men can, the author of the article automatically jumps to two ridiculous conclusions as to why women are watching more porn these days:

1. The fetishization and glamorization of the porn industry as the new "It" industry. I don't know what the fuck they're talking about here, because though our society is obviously consumed with porn and sex, it's not like porn stars - beyond Jenna Jameson - possess any kind of fame beyond what their racks hath wrought. Can you name a woman who is first and foremost a porn star, and is also considered a Hollywood A-Lister?


2. Women watch porn because they want to be able to tell guys they do so, since it will make them seem "sexier." This is fucking ridiculous, not to mention sexist. Not everything a woman does is so that she can be considered attractive by the opposite sex.


I don't understand why it's so difficult to wrap our heads around the fact that women watch porn because it turns them on and they like to be turned on. And it's not like this is a new phenomenon. Perhaps the sexualization of our culture is good, in some ways, because statistics like this that would have been dangerously underreported in earlier years (like Kinsey's findings) now reflect a more realistic picture of women and porn. I will fully admit that I watch porn practically every other day, and I see nothing wrong with it. It gets me off and it also teaches me a thing or two to try out in the bedroom. It makes me feel sexy. Why is everyone so goddamn afraid of recognizing that some women have the same animalistic sexual urges that men have? Why can't I simply watch porn because I like watching porn?


-Jess

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