Skip to comments.Twenty Questions About Pornography. This Is A Test.
Posted on 12/18/2010 8:01:19 AM PST by IbJensen
Pornography has invaded the worlds imagination. It is everywhere: On the Internet, in films, in movies, in rap music videos. Five-year-old girls dress and are taught to behave like pornography stars in order to win beauty contests. Ten- to twelve-year-old girls both dress and behave like the pornographic images that surround themand they provide sexual services to young boys.
Operahigh culturehas also been increasingly sexed up. I have seen productions of Carmen and Lulu in which the lead diva was half-naked and in which she, too, sang the role as if she was a contemporary pornography star and prostitute.
No, I do not like any of this.
Yes, I take it all very seriouslyas many Second Wave feminists and our Christian and conservative allies once did.
No, I do not think that hiding women beneath burqas is, therefore, any kind of solution. In fact, both pornography and prostitution are booming businesses in most Muslim countries.
Before we go any further, lets play twenty questions. I really want your answers.
1. Is pornography work or is it a violent crime?
2. Is pornography free speech in action or is it a violent, often murderous crime?
3. Is pornography really a victimless crime?
4. Are pimps, johns, traffickers, and landlords being victimized? If so, why are they not complaining?
5. Are the people, mainly men, who buy and watch pornography being victimized? If so, why are they not complaining? Is anyone forcing them to consume pornography?
6. Are the seductive, taunting, smiling, naked girls and women who are being paid good moneyvictims? If so, why dont they complain, leave, find some other job?
7. Isnt working in pornography a job just like any other joblike any other acting job?
8. Arent pornography actors there of their own free willfor the easy money, the attention, the stardom?
9. Isnt our right to see and read whatever interests us essential to our fundamental liberty?
10. Doesnt the First Amendment guarantee us this right? If we criminalize one kind of free speech, where will it end? Who will decide what information or images we are allowed to see? Wont state or religious censorship chill our rights, even our very thoughts?
11. On behalf of free speech, and privacy rights, didnt Second Wave feminists avidly collaborate with pornographers to ensure that pornography remained a civil right?
12. Didnt Second Wave feminists launch the battle against violence against women, which included sexual harassment, rape, incest, domestic batteringas well as the most serious battle against pornography and prostitution? Werent they vilified for collaborating with Christians and conservatives on the issue of pornography and prostitution?
13. How many women from wealthy and prominent families, or with advanced educations, choose to work in pornography or as prostitutes?
14. Did you know that, by definition, pornography is that which has to do with prostitutes. Porne in Greek is a prostitute. The so-called actresses in pornography are treated as if they areand usually soon arealso working as prostitutes.
15. How different is being a prostitute from being a stripper, massage therapist, or a nurse?
16. How many prostituted girls and women are actually free to leave, walk out, give it all up?
17. Where might they go? Where might they call home? Who will help them get off drugs and alcohol, restore their ravaged health, support them as they deal with the sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, with which johns have infected them?
18. Do you have any idea of what the average age of a pornography actress/prostitute is?
19. How long a shelf-life does a working girl (prostitute, pornography actress) actually have?
20. Why does pornography turn people on?
I lived through the great feminist Sex Wars. I was both a participant and an eye-witness, as well as a confidante to feminists who were on both sides of this War. But before I share memories and analysis, I really want to hear from you. Your answers will help me understand how to share a vast body of knowledge and history with you in the most productive way. Heres a hint to help you think through these questions.
Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry, right up there with guns and drugs. It is enormously profitable but not to the workers, most of whom are girls and women who have been sold by their parents, captured in war, kidnapped off the street, forced by their husbands, or who have been driven by poverty, racism, incest, and the most violent sexism into the arms of pimps, traffickers, landlords, advertisers, law enforcement officers, and johns.
Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. She is an author, psychotherapist and an expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. A popular guest on campuses and in national and international print, television, radio and online media, she has been an expert commentator on the major events of our time. She has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She currently resides in Manhattan.
>>sang the role as if she was a contemporary pornography star and prostitute
Porn stars SING?? Maybe a show tune or two in gay porn, but not in “regular” porn. LOL!
“Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry, right up there with guns and drugs.”
Which one of these is not like the other?
Naked woman = basic biology = boner. Thank you for letting me explain....
*insert gag* Professor of Women’s Studies.
I’m here all day folks!
Then again, I do not go to much Opera because other aspects are equally repulsive and barf worthy.
I have never seen an ugly women who supports pornography.
(Warning, not safe for work.... or home, for that matter!)
Three guesses and the first two don’t count.
Women earn more than men in porn, but I don’t here anybody whining about the “Glass Ceiling” for men.
The "Right" should not be legislating morality or personal behaviour anymore than the "Left" should be legislating what we eat, drive, have in our gun cabinets, or keep in our wallets.
I guessed she would be an ugly manly looking bull dyke before I clicked on the link.
“It has been around since mankind has.”
So has Satan.
That is correct. Porn is bad, but having more Government control our lives is worse..
If this describes your "guy," I know you really, really despise him and can't figure out why because he is doing exactly what you think a man ought to be.
Editors note: Earlier this month, NewsRealBlog contributor Megan Fox wrote a fiery post attributing the pornification of our culture to Second Wave feminists. Phyllis Chesler, a veritable Second Wave icon, countered with a passionate defense of the Second Waves successes, reminding us of the ideological diversity in her generation of feminism. Far from being apologists for pornography and prostitution, Dr. Chesler and many of her feminist compatriots formed an abolitionist alliance with Christian and conservative activists to challenge those who defended sex work and pornography on First Amendment grounds. The following piece begins to explore some of that common ground.
This sort of stuff has the potential of causing a split between social conservatives and the rest of the conservative movement, with some social conservatives allying themselves with leftist radical feminists over porn.