Presentation Title

Porn and the Patriarchy

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented April 1, 2017

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

1-4-2017 3:15 PM

End Date

1-4-2017 3:30 PM

Abstract

What do you think of when you hear the word sex? What about pornography, sexually explicit material, or censorship? How do feel about the field of sex work, and about freedom of sexual expression - and how do you think these things relate to women's rights? Almost everyone will have a different answer to each of these questions and have very strong feelings on each of these subjects, all of which contribute to the messy and complicated world of ethics, sex work, feminism, and pornography.

Porn is a male-dominated industry that caters in the majority to men who are told in our patriarchal society that their masculinity includes the maintenance of dominance and power, usually manifested through violence; therefore their sexuality must include these elements. This teaches women that they are meant to submit to this dominance and tolerate sexual violence. It also fosters confusion and guilt in women who enjoy consensual forms of BDSM and humiliation play as a part of their sexuality and in men who naturally fall into the submissive role. These dangerous stereotypes that show up in porn are also prominent in mainstream media with many companies using conventional sexuality to promote and sell their products. However harmful it may be, trying to limit this negative media and imagery brings up issues of censorship and the rights of sex workers. This presentation looks at the most extreme views on porn and the ways in which it influences our media and therefore our culture, attempting to answer the question: Is porn bad?

Department

Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty Advisor

Terryl Atkins

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Porn and the Patriarchy

IB 1015

What do you think of when you hear the word sex? What about pornography, sexually explicit material, or censorship? How do feel about the field of sex work, and about freedom of sexual expression - and how do you think these things relate to women's rights? Almost everyone will have a different answer to each of these questions and have very strong feelings on each of these subjects, all of which contribute to the messy and complicated world of ethics, sex work, feminism, and pornography.

Porn is a male-dominated industry that caters in the majority to men who are told in our patriarchal society that their masculinity includes the maintenance of dominance and power, usually manifested through violence; therefore their sexuality must include these elements. This teaches women that they are meant to submit to this dominance and tolerate sexual violence. It also fosters confusion and guilt in women who enjoy consensual forms of BDSM and humiliation play as a part of their sexuality and in men who naturally fall into the submissive role. These dangerous stereotypes that show up in porn are also prominent in mainstream media with many companies using conventional sexuality to promote and sell their products. However harmful it may be, trying to limit this negative media and imagery brings up issues of censorship and the rights of sex workers. This presentation looks at the most extreme views on porn and the ways in which it influences our media and therefore our culture, attempting to answer the question: Is porn bad?