Can Porn Foster Feminism?

For anti-pornography supporters, a recent study published in The Journal of Sex Research won’t bring any orgasms for sure.  According to the “People Who Watch Porn Hold More Feminist Views” article, research conducted by the University of Western Ontario, watching porn doesn’t exactly create the “violence against women” case as strongly as believed. In fact, it can do the opposite! Of course, porn is a complicated topic I took on when painting ART PORN (nsfw) and this blog post isn’t the place to explore it fully; however, it is refreshing to finally gain a pro-porn insight rather than another news feed selling the idea that watching pornography destroys men, women and the relationships between the sexes.

"Sex is our universal language."

Absolutely watching porn directly affects the way males view, interpret and perhaps engage in sex with women, but ultimately it’s the female who gets to decide.  I don’t know about you  but for me, it’s a really fucking crazy world we live in when people think men have the power when it’s always been the women.  When a man must use force to subordinate a woman outside of mere sexual role play fantasy, he is not taller on the evolutionary scale than a sex-charged animal with zero cognitive brain power to control his penis periscope. He is in fact, primitive, an under-developed man whose intelligence hasn’t yet been wired; a mere animal waiting to wake up into a Human Being. Yet, for some strange reason, a dominant man in a sexual fantasy can be quite the charge.  Ironic, isn't it? This blurred state between reality and sexual fantasy is the intelligence factor to which I refer. This is not a fine walking line: to be consensual in fantasy doesn't mean reality gets the same privileges. 

As Dr. Leonard Shlain wrote in his groundbreaking book, “Sex, Time & Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution” years ago, a woman’s veto over sex is her biggest power over men.  Of course men became violent and dominant over females, back in the days of fire and caves. Men needed sex.  Men were literally primitive. There was no pornography then.  Men had to develop new, improved ways to gain the females’ consensual yes.  Love and the relationship was born. This has been the story since the first female realized she should turn down a prick if she wanted to. Oh! The power!

Women have the power in sexuality, in porn, in life.  Women.  Always have. Always will.  Women only need to wake up to this.  And, they are beginning to, especially the new generation of young women. There's some blurred areas for sure but no one gets this feminism, pornography, life thing right with guarantee.  Every movement has backlashes and benefits.

I think the future for the sexes is a good one. Diving into the darkest parts of humanity's pornographic self can propel people to find comforts in eroticism again and that's what I see for the future.  Eroticism. Much more of it. I think porn will change for the better and the best way to do that is for women to create more porn, not as actresses but as filmmakers, photographers, artists, producers and so forth.  Since men are prime porn purchasers, you can imagine the challenges. 

Ultimately, studies like these help support everyone, not just some “pro-porn cause”.  It helps women understand that maybe the anti-porn hype is culture saturated and not all correct in its negativity and it helps men understand, hey, maybe they're not such perverts after all. Okay. Strike that last part. I had a momentary slip into an alternative universe. Men are perverts.  Their chosen degree is the only difference between them on that point.

We can agree, at least, that studies like these help us all understand that this complex issue of pornography, it's benefits and deficits, needs more research and evaluation.  In the meantime, however, porn isn't creating any more violence than guns are.  It's the individual behind the medium who interprets or causes the harm.  It's the emotion, often anger in the case of violence, which drives the motion for the action.  From this perspective, pornography has a lot to teach us about human nature and we should walk in curiously rather than judgmentally.  Sex is our universal language, after all.

 

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*this is a corrected version. Dr. Leonard Shlain's book title was incorrect in the original copy.  

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