Friday, June 25, 2010

Two Approaches to Combating Pornography

  • Radical feminist Robert Jensen frames his "critique [of] men’s sexual exploitation of women in pornography" with "arguments rooted in a larger radical feminist critique of a patriarchal system that routinely socializes men to pursue dominance and conquest through aggression and violence" — Pornography and the Military. I'm not sure how well his "feminist case against pornography" with its "analysis of masculinity and violence" went over well with the marines he was speaking to at the "Heroes and Healthy Families" conference.

  • Catholic psychotherapist Peter Kleponis, in contrast, "encourage[s] husbands to respond to their vocational calling to be the strong leaders and protectors of their wives and children," arguing that "pornography... turns a man in upon himself, thereby damaging his calling as a man to be a protector and a mature giver, another Christ to his wife and children" and that "[h]e loses his sense of healthy masculinity and fulfillment as a husband and as a father," as "[p]ornography weakens men in every way and harms their ability to lead" — What to Do About Pornography (Part 1). I'm not sure if his message that "as men we are called to be leaders, providers and protectors, of our families, parishes and society" would be allowed at the "Heroes and Healthy Families" conference by today's Marine Corps brass.
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    Blogger Robert said...

    "arguments rooted in a larger radical feminist critique of a patriarchal system that routinely socializes men to pursue dominance and conquest through aggression and violence"

    Dude, I don't want to invade anyone. I just like boobs.

    PS: The Israel-bashing, I can deal with. Lamenting America's role in the Korean War, I'll tolerate. But attacking porn? This will not stand!

    6:27 PM  
    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    I'm not sure if his message that "as men we are called to be leaders, providers and protectors, of our families, parishes and society" would be allowed at the "Heroes and Healthy Families" conference by today's Marine Corps brass.

    And thus the sad irony of the present degeneration of the country's vaunted institutions. The section of the military seen as the last vestige of the "real warrior" is immasculated by feminism while a message based on the true role of men is not even allowed to enter the room.

    St. Maria Goretti, ora pro nobis

    8:01 PM  
    Anonymous KarlH said...

    Heh, John Stoltenberg's critiques are always interesting to read, if only for a very different and clear perspective (suprisingly, his arguments are pretty sound at times).

    "Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men."

    1:56 PM  
    Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

    "Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men."

    And the truth is that men (normal, hetereosexual men, anyway) love to see beautiful naked women -- a truth that no amount of religion, politics, social engineering, education or whatever is ever -- I mean ever -- going to change.

    Forget about it.

    3:46 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @Abdul Alhazred

    Oh, I agree with you. I'm not necessarily against erotica and fine pornography (I'm also not necessarily for it). The problem is when the actors and the industry in general is based upon treating women like commodities and duping people into spending money on it. Seriously, think about the pornographic industry from an outsider's (asexual's?) perspective. It's (potentially) degrading in many circumstances, and possibly worse, it's aesthetically displeasing. :P

    I should add that I'm altogether undecided on how I feel about erotica. I mentioned that before. For instance, some erotic films are, quite honestly, breathtaking, not-degrading, and witty. Take the 1976 production of "Alice in Wonderland," for instance. Again, I'm undecided. Or I'm decided and don't feel like openly taking a "side." /shrugs

    And before anyone jumps on me for my use of the word degrading, well, I'm not really sure how to define it. It's one of those I-know-it-when-I-see-it. And, unfortunately as a consumer of pornography should know, we don't really "see" anything; we can't see if there is coercion, if the actresses are low on money and taking the job out of desperation, if there are hard drugs on the scene, etc.

    9:20 AM  

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