Porn and Feminism

Don’t google “funny porn picture”.

Just ask wikipedia: what do Feminists think about pornography?

“Feminist views of pornography range from condemnation of pornography as a form of violence against women, to an embracing of some forms of pornography as a medium of feminist expression. Feminist debate on this issue reflects larger concerns surrounding feminist views on sexuality, and is closely related to feminist debates on prostitution, BDSM, and other issues. Pornography has been one of the most divisive issues in feminism, particularly among feminists in anglophone countries. This deep division between feminists was exemplified in the Feminist Sex Wars of the 1980s, which pitted anti-pornography feminism against sex-positive feminism.”

Got it, ok, thanks.

The other side of the coin from pornography production would be pornography viewership. As with many other lifestyle choices, the choice to view pornography has destroyed many relationships and lives. That being said, it is also quite common currently for spouses to divorce over juvenile Facebook drama. Make your own choices responsibly and keep in mind the preferences of your relationship partner.

The arguments concerning pornography are as old as the technology they are represented upon. The basic idea behind anti-porn feminism focuses on the negativity of pornography. Meanwhile, the sex-positive feminists focus on the positive sides of porn. As there are a myriad of both positives and negatives to pornography, perhaps everyone should shut up.

What I find most pertinent to the debate’s merit is the welfare of the women in the videos. If they are choosing to partake in such acts of their own free will and not out of monetary necessity, then I am glad for everyone involved.



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Farrah Abraham, Please Go Away.

There is no shortage of bad role models out there for women but I have to say I think the “women” of Teen Mom should be…well should be out of my daily news feed. I can’t believe we celebrate and pay teen mothers for horrible decisions. They should be cautionary tales not ratings!

The worst offender of this is Farrah Abraham, that’s her holding hands with James Deen. I don’t watch the show but a good friend does and from what I can gather of seeing Farrah in my daily news…she’s a wreck. I know she’s not a good mother, I know she spent her money on plastic surgery; I know she tried waxing her three-year-old’s eyebrows and the latest is she’s done porn.

I don’t give a rats butt about porn, if this woman wants to be a porn star that’s her business. I know plenty of people who work in that industry and not all of them are Jenna Jameson addicts with rage issues. Some are quite well balanced and good parents.

Anyway, Farrah does an X-rated film with the top porn star of the day: James Deen. I’ve written about Deen before and I’ve watched his films. Turns out he’s a super sweet guy, comes from a good family, and doesn’t get caught up in drama (see the wonderful Canyons expose in the NYTimes). So, Farrah does this porn and doesn’t want to talk about it unless you’re willing to buy it for two million dollars (my-my-my don’t we think highly of ourselves). But Deen doesn’t care so he tells TMZ that yeah, they made porn and she’s a sweet girl.

Like the class act she is Farrah pins it all on him saying, “I don’t have good things to say about him so I don’t think I should talk about it.” “He was being disrespectful to a woman and I think things have gone to his head and he wasn’t getting any attention. So he should get out of the public eye because he’s not a good person” (this was said because he called her out on making a porn for attention and let the cat out of the bag that they had sex on tape).  “He’s a user”. Oh…he’s a user? Riiiiight. “I just want my privacy back.” Which is why she made a sex tape… “I don’t need to talk negatively about someone because I don’t have anything nice to say. He should really get out of the porn industry because things have gone to his head, he does not respect women….his penis is small.” So, you don’t need to talk negatively—but you will and then you’ll say his has a small dick. You’re saying a porn star…the leading porn star in the industry—in your opinion has a small penis…gurl….go home.

When asked if she liked the tape she said “I personally hired people to do that, it’s like a wedding video. You expect your video to be good not bad”. WTF?!?!? She goes on to say how shocked she is that he was unprofessional by admitting they made a porn. At this point her mother jumps in saying that he, Deen, was trying to exploit and disgrace their whole family, this from the woman whose daughter is the star of two seasons of Teen Mom. She also doesn’t think Farrah knew they were making a video….even though her daughter just said she hired people to make a video.

These people…you know it’s a pretty sad day when the porn star is the classiest person in your triangle. To keep things classy Farrah posted this video of her showing how she uses a breathalyzer to start her car…classy.



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Holy Porn, Vatican

Everyone does it. It’s normal. It’s natural. It’s part of life. We all stream. We all download torrents! Nothing to be ashamed about, I’m streaming as I type. Whenever I stream I use my “incognito window” of Google Chrome because I don’t want my work to see what I’m doing (I’m aware they still can, I’m aware of the capabilities of spying on employees). Anyway, I do it because I want to hide what I’m doing—however I know I can’t, that gives me a leg up on the Vatican.

The people at Torrent Freak have found that someone with the Vatican IP address is downloading porn. Oh yeah, that’s happening. It’s not your run of the mill “oh the pizza dilveray boy is here” porn…this is BDSM. Things like “Whipped Ass”, “Russian Slaves”, and “TS Pussy Hunters”….what does the TS stand for? I better go back to church and find out.

Aside from this being against everything they preach and are allowed to do…it’s also illegal! DOWNLOADING ILLEGAL BDSM?!!? Catholics, here I come! Viewing parties at the Vatican aren’t new, in January, a priest mentioned in an interview that they’d watched “Django Unchained”. What else is on the viewing list? “Love, Actually,” “Chicago Fire,” British soap “Neighbours” and “The Americans.” The Vatican is kind of a cool place to hang out…amiright?

It’s old news that religion is outdated and rarely practices what they preach….but the fact that they are illegally downloading porn instead of just going to YouPorn, or  any other of the hundreds of free sites…baffles me. Now when people ask me why I’m an atheist my answer will be, “I cannot support something that buys the cow when they can get the milk for free.” Porn, whatever I get that–that makes sense…but Chicago Fire? Really? I’m sorry I can’t support that.



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Abuse vs Art: Is There a Line?

Eva Ionesco is a French model and actress but she’s making headlines for something other than her career. When Eva was eleven, she made her American modeling debut—in Playboy. Eva is the youngest person to ever appear in the magazine. That’s not all of it; Ionesco’s mother, Irina Ionesco, took the pictures.

Irina Ionesco is a self-taught photographer who gained attention due to explicit images of her daughter. Many of the photos feature coquettish poses, fetishistic clothing, and nudity. Eva has sued her mother and won 10,000 Euro ($13,213) in damages, as well as the negatives of the many explicit photographs taken of her between the ages of four and 12 years old.

Eva has said the photos resulted in her “stolen childhood” and made a movie about life with her mother called, “My Little Princess”. This isn’t a new story to Americans, however—we’ve lived through this with Brooke Shields whose own mother set up a nude photo shoot for her then ten-year-old with the hopes of a Playboy spread as well.

Evan Rachel Wood is another star whose mother pushed her to act, learn French, and modeled her daughter after Jodie Foster. Evan is quoted as saying, “I actually got to sit down with Jodie and I thought, ‘Not that this is a bad thing, but you’ve haunted me my entire life. I don’t know whether to kiss you or punch you.”

In the age of Dakota and Elle Fanning, the Olsen Twins, and Honey Boo Boo, there will never be a shortage of stage mothers trying to live through their children, or trying to cash in on them for that matter. The real question is how much responsibility does society have in this?

Should Playboy also have been sued for publishing the nude photos of an underage girl? Should Brooke Sheilds mother have been prosecuted for sexualizing her daughter? Should the director and producer of Blue Lagoon have to stand trial for exposing her in that film?

There’s a celebrity culture in the country and we tend to forgive these people because they make more money and have a better life than we do. It’s all covered up by saying, “its art”. When does it cross the line from art to abuse?



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