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"Concerned" needs new/better stats, a clue (english)
13 Dec 2002
"Concerned" said:
"The truth, pure and simple, is that the same creeps that are gretting off to this catolog are the same ones "Abducting some kid and raping them". Soft porn like this is highly addictive and a stepping stone to violent behavior and sex crimes. YOu don't believe me here are the facts:"

Oh yeah. By the way, I've got incontravertible evidence that marijuana is highly addictive and a stepping stone to violent behavior and sex crimes. And, of course, a gateway drug to heroin and horse tranqualizers.

Your "truths" are tired twenty-year old statistics that were part of a debate in the 80s between groups like Women Against Pornography, and the excellent Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force. The real feminists won the debate, I'm happy to say.

They spread the malicious lie that all women are passive victims, and that their sexuality is completely out of their control. I remember people like "concerned" attacking "critical issues" like "lookism" in the 1980s, too--"lookism" being the idea that men staring at women in a sexual way was a violent act. As if women are mewling little babies with no psychological defenses. And as if women don't stare at men in a sexual way. Ride the average subway or bus at rush hour if you believe they don't.

The same supposedly feminist groups that made much of all this stuff did a great job of hijacking the feminist movement for a decade or two away from the women who were trying to fight men over issues like making them use contraception, not doing their share of the housework, and not paying them equally on the job. Or not even allowing women into the world of work.

In the event, for the most part, "concerned's" statistics use cheap debating tricks instead of scientific method to arrive at their conclusion--you know stuff like "the fact that x number of sex offenders reads pornography indicates that it's bad. . ." Puuuleeze. By that logic the fact that x number of sex offenders uses toothpaste, or eats carrots, or reads the newspaper would indicate that all those things are bad, too.

This is why groups like Women Against Pornography evaporated a long time ago. Because their arguments didn't have a leg to stand on. And because they insulted the personhood of women.

Now does this mean that there is not sexual harassment and sex crimes against women? No. But does it mean that pornography causes such behavior in men? No. And the fact that the percentage of women viewing pornography has exploded over the past decade is perhaps the best proof of all that "concerned's" concerns are way off base.

I think we'd all be better off if the women of Gordon College came out of the woods a little more often and found some more socially relevent things to protest about--like the massive health care crisis, and the destruction of public welfare, or the fact that Abercrombie and Fitch sells clothes produced with sweatshop labor--all of which have far more relevance to far more women's lives, than to put their conservative sexual prudery on display for all to see.
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