Volume 93, Issue 80

Thursday, March 2, 2000


Gazette no place for whining

Same sex smooch not pornography

If it ain't broke...

Same sex smooch not pornography

Re: "Cover photo same as pornography" Feb. 17

To the Editor:
In response to Brianne Macdonald and her obvious dislike for the cover of the Feb. 8 Gazette, I have a few questions.

Do you find this pornographic simply because it shows two females kissing? Would you have objected so vehemently if they had shown a picture of a male and female kissing?

True, having two women kiss does often pay tribute to male desire, but I don't think this is the main issue you raise. How is this photo pornographic? There is no explicit sexual act, there is no violence, no one is being degraded, so why is it such a big deal?

Maybe only you and your group of friends were "shocked and outraged" by the photo, but not everyone. Beware of generalized statements. As for the "make-out fest," I doubt you would be complaining if the photo had satisfied your need for a heterocentric bubble.

Maybe you should go to that drugstore and pick up an adult magazine – then you would see what pornography really is.

Dina Mashayekhi
Media, Information and Technoculture and Women's Studies II

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