The Sexist

The Morning After: Porn Binge Edition

* Marnia Robinson begins a recent argument against Internet porn like so: "A few years ago, men from all over the world began arriving in my website’s forum complaining that they were unable to stop using Internet porn. Google had sent them—perhaps because my site shares information about the effects of sex on the brain." After learning from the experiences of these men, Robinson declares that "In short, many men are happier without Internet pornography."

In other news, binge eaters suggest that many people are happier without food.

* How to Have Sex in Texas on the FDA's decision not to approve Flibanserin, a drug for increasing "sexual satisfaction" in women: On the one hand, the medicalization of women's sexuality can't replace proper sex education, work in the bedroom, and relationship-based problems. On the other hand, men's sexuality is medicalized, so why can't ours be, too?:

Everyone knows that many men take Viagra, Cialis and Levitra as "enhancements" and not because they have clinical erectile dysfunction, and women ought to have their own fair share of drugs to enhance their sexual experience, either on the front end of desire or the back end of response. The FDA's continued refusal to approve testosterone and other sex enhancing drugs for women suggests a fear of women's sexuality, not agreement with anti-medicalization sentiment.

* Anna Clark on a school's decision to dismantle its girl's volleyball program—and form a varsity cheerleading team in its place—in order to massage Title IX requirements: "it's possible that competitive cheer could be a legitimate sport. I'm open to the point. But what a sorry birth it would be for varsity cheerleading if it were to come out of a swamp of data manipulation and lawsuits that pit sports against one another, making a mockery of any claimed commitment to the participation of women in athletics. In this case, I'm cheering for the volleyball team."

* Nancy Bauer on Lady Gaga's ongoing critique of feminine performance—if it IS IN FACT A CRITIQUE, Lady Gaga!:

Is [the "Telephone" video] an expression of Lady Gaga’s strength as a woman or an exercise in self-objectification?  It’s hard to decide. The man who drools at women’s body parts is punished, but then again so is everyone else in the place.  And if this man can be said to drool, then we need a new word for what the camera is doing to Gaga’s and Beyoncé’s bodies for upwards of 10 minutes.

* Femonomics adds to the discussion of the issues with "welcomed" rape in the works of Ayn Rand, with added commentary on "He Raped Her And She Liked It" scenes in the works of Michael Winterbottom and Ang Lee.

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Comments

  1. #1

    “In short, many men are happier without Internet pornography.”

    We call these men "liars."

    Can a woman EVER have too many shoes? Maybe!

  2. #2

    Can't stop using? I call BS. After five times, they roll over one th couch and fall asleep.

  3. #3

    The difference is that you need food to live, but you don't need sex or porn to live.

    A better analogy might be, "binge eaters suggest that many people are happier without doughnuts," which could well be true.

  4. #4

    I think the point Amanda may have been trying to make (or, if not, the point I'd like to make) is that if those men genuinely have an obsession with porn...well, an obsession or addiction is something you do so much or love so much or get so much of that it interferes with your day-to-day life. Anyone who is a) dealing with an obsession, and b) is aware that it is an obsession, is necessarily not going to be happy with the content of that obsession, as it hinders their ability to live their lives the way they aim to, and they have little to no control over it.

    There are doubtless plenty of people out there who are quite happy and lead perfectly healthy lives alongside consumption of pornography, but we're not hearing from them. We're hearing from those for whom pornography is detrimental.

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