Upset over sex stigma editorial, readers stigmatize sex

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Porn Nation: struggling with sex addiction” and “Lose the shame around sex”
Jan. 29, 2008

To the editor:
I am disappointed to see that one of the most important aspects of porn, whether you like it or not, was not once mentioned in either “Lose the shame around sex” or “Porn Nation: struggling with sex addiction”: the violence porn commits against women.

The issue is not merely one of taboos around sexual practices or explicitness; it is the way in which the vast majority of porn is based on male satisfaction and domination of women.

I am not just talking about the potential of people trying to act out violent fantasies they have seen in porn; I am talking about the violence that has already occurred in the production of pornography: the fact that women in porn by and large are victims of violence, coercion and desperation.

The naturalization of men’s domination of women is terrifying: when a bodily response occurs in reaction to such violence, the act becomes “normal” and “natural.”

One in three women will be victims of violence in her lifetime.

Think about it.

There is porn out there that depicts consensual, mutual and passionate sex. There is nothing wrong with removing the shame surrounding sex.

I am not blaming porn as a scapegoat for underlying sexual repressions and emotional issues. I am saying there is much, much more to the issues surrounding porn than what was discussed in The Gazette.

What I want to know is why, when either we or someone we know has been a victim of sexual violence, and when we are on the cusp of the performances of the Vagina Monologues, we aren’t talking about the fact that mainstream porn is violence against women.
"Kaela Stradiotto
Social Justice and Peace/Women’s Studies II

To the editor:
Funny how an article entitled “Lose the shame around sex” is an anonymous editorial.
"Clark Armstrong
Political Science I

Editor’s Note: An editorial is, by definition, not written by any particular author, but rather “decided upon by a majority of the editorial board.” How a piece without an author can be anything but “anonymous” leaves us as confused as Clark is.

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