Posted by: joshjasper | March 27, 2009

Be warned

This is not a subject that most want to talk about, but most have purchased/rented.  The next time that you are watching pornography, take the time to really think about what you are watching.  You don’t watch porn you say?  Hmmm, well here a few things to think about concerning the popularity of pornography:

1.  Every second of the day, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography

2.  The porn industry makes more than 14 billion dollars a year….more than Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Ebay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix earns COMBINED.

3.  There are an estimated 100,000  websites offering child pornography.

4.  Hollywood currently releases 11,000 adult movies per year-more than 20 times the mainstream movie production.

Okay, I think you get the point.  Pornography is very, very popular.  With something that is so popular, we must ask ourselves what we are learning from these images.  First and foremost, the most popular scene in mainstream pornography is the the point in which the man is standing over the woman and is ejaculating on her face.  What is the viewer learning from this repeated behavior?  It is painfully obvious that this is yet another example of men exhibiting power over women and women being held in the most passive of roles.  Power and control are of course the main ingredients involved in rape and domestic violence.

I also think about the pain that is inflicted in pornography.  Specifically, the men that are inflicting the pain onto women.  Yet another very popular scene in pornography is a woman being penetrated by 2 and 3 men.  This scene has now evolved to a very popular and sadistic sexual act known as “ATM.”  During this act, a man or men, have anal sex with a woman and then put their penises in the woman’s mouth.  Aside from being incredibly degrading, there is a significant health issue with this act.

Time and time again, women are being objectified in pornography, sending the message to young boys and men that women are merely objects to be used for their sexual gratification.  This objectification is of course the first step toward violence against women.

On April 23rd at the Grand River Center in Dubuque Iowa, we will be hosting a training on pornography facilitated by Dr. Robert Jensen, an international speaker on this issue.  When asking yourself what you can do about such a pervasive problem in our community, the answer is simple.  Attend this training and become educated about this very serious issue.


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