Journal Entry 1.30.11


PORNOGRAPHY –
WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?

Just reading through some of the AntiPornography.org‘s website and there is so much information to sift through – I felt since it’s such a hot button topic, it warrants being addressed in the social sphere.

Also came across a really interesting book entitled: Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality by Gail Dines. Looks like an interesting read. If you have read it, please give me your thoughts.

One question in particular that I’m interested in is ‘What’s Wrong with Pornography?’ Not that I advocate it in the slightest bit. There are so many reasons why it’s wrong – but for this post, I’ll just repost what their site says and ask YOU –  my virtual followers what you think – as I believe voices and faces put a name on something and is more powerful than just reading about it.

What’s wrong with pornography? (re-posted from the Antipornography.org website)
1. Pornography degrades and dehumanizes women and girls.
2. Pornography glamorizes rape and abuse.
3. Pornography harms relationships and marriages by glamorizing infidelity.
4. Pornography lies about women, depicting them all as being sexually insatiable.
5. Pornography creates insecurities in men by falsely implying that a huge penis is necessary for the sexual satisfaction of women.
6. Pornography glamorizes sexual slavery.
7. Pornography encourages child sexualization.
8. Pornography tolerates racism that is not acceptable in other media.

What do YOU think? Does this paraphrase what’s wrong with pornography in a vaccum? Do we need to take a stronger stance to make sure that educational outreach gets more funding? More broadcast coverage? How do we reduce or even demolish its impact in production and distribution? How do we delineate its popularity in pop culture as seen on such channels as E! (‘Holly’s World’, ‘The Girls Next Door’, ‘Married to Rock’, ‘Kendra’) and in our ‘celebrity’ culture such as Kim Kardashian  who came to fame because of a Vivid sex tape, cable channel shows (‘The Tudors’, ‘Californication’, ‘Queer as Folk’) which all push the envelope of sex and soft core porn, and lately child pornography claims on the show ‘Skins’ on MTV – which is causing a stir. What impact is it having upon our young girls who try to emulate the way they dress and carry about?

It’s such a vast topic, but we have to start somewhere. I look forward to hearing YOU sound off. Tweet me, Facebook me, MySpace me, YouTube me (with not only text comments but VIDEO responses as well!) and comments posted here on my site. Please contribute/donate/crowdfund the project on Kickstarter – to date we have a long way to go to reach our funding goal and only 20 days left!

Please go to the YouTube site and watch the Podcast #7 Call to Action to see how you can get your response included in the Film Project. You’ll have 2 weeks to post your comments, tell your friends and share it among your social media sites. It’s the only way to start a movement.

About Jodi Nelson

I am a filmmaker launching a new film project entitled 'Single Girl in a Feminist World: What Does A 21st Century Feminist Look Like?' By engaging a global audience of online participants, I will be asking virtual strangers to join in my quest to answer the question, “What does a 21st Century Feminist Look Like?” Utilizing social networks, crowd funding initiatives, web blogs, viral video, second life, flash mobs, virtual chat interaction and traditional modes of documentary practice, I will create a documentary film that exemplifies feminism in its profoundly new image.
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