Archive for March, 2009

Pornography

We’ve entered the pornography unit of my Violence and Gender Poverty course, thus I’ve been doing some of the assigned reading. The two I have read so far make me feel like an awful person because I just don’t see the harm in all porn, I just don’t. I understand that porn can be degrading to women, that there is violence that men will carry over into reality, there is obviously a huge problem with how porn-obsessed the American male populace is, etc.

Maybe my largest issue with Catharine MacKinnon’s article Pornography, Civil Rights, & Speech is her emphasis that ALL porn is violent and ALL porn is degrading to women. I have always been opposed to saying something is one extreme or the other, as you can always find examples where it isn’t the case. Another issue is that I am gay, and therefore do not watch a whole lot of heterosexual porn. So maybe a majority of heterosexual porn is violent, degrading, disgusting, etc. and I have just managed to see the more generic ones. Who knows?

This post sounded a lot more intelligent in my head, but oh well. I think i forgot some of my arguments … :-\ In the end, I don’t see porn as that bad if all it is doing is showing sex between two people. I personally do have a problem with ones that are violent, or do degrade women (or men) in them. Violence and degradation are not activities that I find terribly arousing (I don’t find them arousing at all).

I thought I had an actual view, but now I am conflicted. I thought maybe things should just be moderated – no violence, no degradation. But then I thought about fetishes and how (depending on the fetish, if your fetish is kids then you’re a pedophile and should go to jail) we should respect, to a certain degree, other’s personal tastes. So degrading individuals is bad, but there are those who enjoy being degraded, humiliated, so should you judge them and decide that they are being abused, when in fact they enjoy it? Ugh, now I’m all confused.

Maybe it’s like Justin has brought up in class in regards to prostitution and trafficking: yes, there are those who truly want to be prostitutes, but they are dwarfed by the vast number of those who do not want to be prostitutes. Trying to protect the small minority’s right to be prostitutes ultimately crushes the vast majority’s right to not be trafficked. I guess the same can be applied to pornography. If the vast majority is violent and degrading, then you need to err on that side and try and prevent it, rather than trying to protect the minority that is not violent or degrading.

What do you all think?

And then you make this noise, and it’s apparent it’s all over…

Hey all, who knows if I’ll ever update this thing as regularly as I should. I can promise that I’ll do it more regularly, but that would be wasted breath (or words).

Catch up:

Spring Break was lazy – all I did was sleep and watch NCIS (which I am now a big fan of). Did some reading, but not nearly as much as I was supposed to. Prior to Spring Break starting I petitioned my Dean to let me go below the requisite 12 credits so I could withdraw from my Jewish Museum class, which she approved. I only need 9 credits to graduate, and I did not like the professor for that class, so why take it?

My 3 midterms, were alright, though apparently that was a false sense of accomplishment as I have received a 72 on one, and an 82 on another. I still have not received my grade for my Soc midterm. Hopefully it’s better than the other two.

The past few days I’ve been battling a cold. Weirdest cold I’ve ever had. I don’t even know how to explain it. Needless to say I’ve laid low trying to rest up and get over it as quickly as possible. I’m debating over whether or not I want to brave the cold and rain to drive to Teeter and buy some more OJ. I also want to try and get some tea.

My problem is I don’t like tea. I want to, but I can’t stand it. I like Nestea, but that’s laden with so much sugar and lemon, etc that it’s neither healthy, nor even really tea. BUT, I can’t try and relax with coffee due to the amount of caffeine it has, and my cider mix has a bunch of calories, so not good to drink one of those after the other and so on. I’ve bought oolong tea as it was supposed to help you lose weight (highly recommended by Oprah and you know Oprah wouldn’t lie), but I have to add so much to it to like it. I also have this flowering tea, which is flowers sewn to tea, and when you steep it, or pour hot water in I suppose, it blooms. It was neat to watch, but I had a friend try the actual tea, and she was not particularly impressed. Anyone else out there who doesn’t like tea? I’m curious since pretty much every person I know likes tea, but me.

In terms of my job search, nothing. My grandmother had me send my resumé to her neice (my 1st cousin once removed) and her husband. Chris (1.c.o.r) then asked for a .PDF version of the resumé. She hadn’t found anything, but now Marty (her husband) says he can look into helping me get into the call center at CapitalOne (where he works). [Well great, just found out Capital One actually spells it as 2 words. My aunt used to work for them before being laid off, and I’ve always spelled it as one word. Go me.] Not sure how I feel about dealing with irate people over the phone, but can’t be too choosy.

Alright, I’m going to brave the elements and go to Teeter.

Update 4/4/2009: Forgot to mention that I finally got my third exam back, and I got a 100%!!! To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Though I wonder if the prof was a little easy on the grading, as I did not leave the exam feeling that confident. But whatev, it was nice to get a nice grade for once. Here’s hoping I can keep the grade high, and improve the grades in the other 2 classes.

If You Seek Amy

What does everyone else think about Britney’s new video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FehBgQeVKFQ

I personally don’t like the video. 1) it doesn’t make a lot of sense, 2) her videos really are all looking the same and 3) it’s just kind of blah considering it’s Britney Spears. While I love the album, and I’ve loved the past few vids, this one is gonna get a C (and that’s because I can’t stand the idea of giving it a worse grade ’cause it makes me feel bad).