Feminism And Pornography

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We will read two articles: "Voluntary exposure to pornography and men's attitude toward feminism and rape" by Kimberly A. Davies, and "The relation between feminism and pornography" by Aura Schussler.

The articles will be emailed to you. If you are not already on the email list, please contact Jane @ htownfrg@gmail.com to request the readings. Phone # (Jane) 713-775-3999.

Here are the abstracts for each article (also pictured below):

"Voluntary Exposure..."

The effects that pornography have on men's attitudes toward women remains an issue of contention. Most previous researchers who have examined the relationship between pornography and attitudes toward women have used experimental studies or aggregate studies. Instead, I examined a sample of men who voluntarily viewed sexually explicit videos and their choosing in a non-experimental settling. I examined the relationship between these men's renting of pornographic videos and their attitudes toward feminism and rape. More specifically, the purpose of this research was to determine whether men who rented more X-rated videos displayed more negative attitudes toward feminism and if they were more likely to condone violence toward women than were men who rented fewer X-rated videos. In this article, I used cross tabulation to compare 194 men who rented X-rated videos of their choosing from a single pornography establishment in a large metropolitan county during 1988. The men were compared on their attitudes concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, a law against marital rape, and punishment for date rape and marital rape. No correlations were found between the number of videos a man had rented and his attitudes toward feminism and rape. These findings suggest that calloused attitudes toward women may not be generated by sexually explicit videos but are more deeply ingrained in our society. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

"The relation between feminism and pornography..."

Sexuality is viewed as a balance of power between individuals, both at a verbal (speech) and at a physical level (act). In these parameters of the Western cultural tradition, pornography is "accused" of turning this balance of power in favour of the masculine -- as the supreme authority. Therefore, in this study, we would like to show the position feminism has in respect to pornography, based on this principle. As expected, there are some positions in favour of pornography and positions against it. To emphasize these opposing views within feminism, we have chosen two examples, namely: Radical feminism and Individualist feminism. Of these two, Radical feminism is against pornography having as the main supporters Andrea Dworkin and Catharine Alice MacKinnon, while Individualist feminism is on the opposite side, and its main supporter of pornography is Wendy McElroy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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