Putting the porn in pornography

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This sculpture is on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Pornography provides one way to measure male conceit. That is because it strives to heap indignities onto women, and because there is so much of it. Obviously there is great interest in scorning women and in celebrating that accomplishment.

Discussions about pornography tend to be murky. Consider the old Meese report on the subject from the Ronald Reagan days, and the many reactions to the report. It got ugly.

The simplest definition of pornography is a visual record of people having sex. The debate begins when we ask people if viewing such content is “bad” for any reason. I have no desire to change anyone’s opinions on this.

I recently purchased a book titled Your Brain on Porn in my search for some enlightened thinking on the subject. I have been unable to bring myself to read it, but browsing leads me to think the author never defines porn. But he does think it is a clear and present danger and can lead to addiction.

Most pornography offends me. The reason is that the men in porn have little regard for the experiences of the women in porn. Men just want what they want, and the sooner the better. This attitude offends me even if everyone is wearing clothes. There are now videos in which women seduce their step-sons. Of course the sons consent. It is another spin on male conceit.

Male conceit is an enormous problem these days, in business, in politics, and perhaps at the college you attended. Conceit is a national problem in our large institutions. The super rich model it for us.

The conceit inherent in porn is informative because it is so blatant, and we do not have to go any farther than the internet to find it. Do we need to do more during this epidemic of conceit?

 

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