Friday, April 2

Thought of the day

A psychologist wonders:
[D]oes porn distort men’s attitudes as much as romance novels and Lifetime TV distort women’s? Maybe we should discuss the many social institutions that are giving women unrealistic expectations of men and a sense that they have the right to control men, and men’s sexuality, in their own interest.
A redditor agrees:
This. A thousand times, THIS. I'm always appalled by people who suggest that strictly sexual pornography is somehow worse than what is essentially emotional pornography in stuff like Twilight or the Nicholas Sparks films. How is emotional interest in fictional characters somehow less harmful than natural physical attraction?


  1. Reminds me of 30 Rock's "Porn for Women" joke a few weeks ago.

    The other angle to this is the raunch culture angle, as explored in the book "Female Chauvinist Pigs", which is basically about how society tells women to slut it up. I do think porn has more of an impact on mens' thinking than your average romantic comedy/Nicholas Sparks book (Twilight is a different phenomenon, IMO) because porn complements everything else that society throws at men about success and sex, where the goal is to basically be James Bond, while society throws a lot of different and contradictory stuff at women, basically expecting them to find some sort of median between virginal and jezebel (see any pop tart from Britney Spears on for examples of this), which plays out in a lot of different ways.

  2. Oh, and BTW, your quote for the day is my sole Facebook quote. One of my faves. You can't beat Mencken for wit.

  3. Quote for the day? You must mean the one on the right that randomly generates on every page load. There's a couple in there by Mencken:

    "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."

    "There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong."

    I assume your favorite is this second one : )

  4. That's right, though to be honest it's not like the first one is really that wrong. Price of freedom being eternal vigilance, and all that.


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