Archive for February, 2006

let’s watch porn together!

February 9, 2006

Towards the beginning of week 4’s first lecture the professor talks about the fact that people are starting to watch porn in groups more often in rooms filled with smoke instead of just watching it at home alone.  They are doing this because porn is entertaining to them and it is becoming sort of “pathetic”.  So, they sit in a room together and enjoy porn and laugh about it together.  This makes perfect sense to me because I have seen some porn that is just absolutely pathetic, and I have just watched it with other people and made fun of it.  It can be hilarious.  I was bartending a couple nights ago and I was chatting with a guy, and I told him about this class.  He asked me what we were learning in this class and he was very interested in it.  Then he asked me if we were learning about why most porn today involves violence.  As he was asking me this he started to laugh.  He told me that he thinks it’s fun to watch some of the “stupid” porn and make fun of it with his friends because it is so “stupid”.  This is a perfect example of what was discussed in the first lecture in week four.  It is true, people do watch porn to make fun of it sometimes.

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Come and take my picture baby

February 8, 2006

I just read chapter 3 in the text and it talks about technology and how it has aided pornography in becoming what it is today.  I feel that it is healthy for a person or a couple to explore his/her or their sexuality. With the technology that has aided pornography, people can explore their sexuality further.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with pornography to a certain extent.  I feel that it’s wonderful that the poloroid camera and the internet have helped expand pornography and put it into the hands of many people.  As long as people are not using it to harm anyone by forcing them to participate, forcing them to view or involving children or any other harmful way, pornography is a good thing. 

trafficking women

February 3, 2006

In response to the reading in chapter 2 by Hughes, I was very surprised to read that so many women and children were being trafficked in the U.S.  One thing I am a little confused about is the birde service.  If a woman is forced into the bride service company and then sold to a man as his wife, how can this man parade around town with this woman on his side as his “wife” without other people realizing that she is there against her will.  And if most of these women are very young, the same question applies.  It just doesn’t seem to be something that could be overlooked.  Maybe I misunderstood something. 

I don’t know anyone who has a mail order bride, and I don’t believe that I know someone who knows someone who has a mail order bride.  That is information that would spread rapidly in a community.  I have never heard of anyone having one, so where are all of these men? 

I see how technology ties in with pornography and how technology ties in with trafficking people, but what I am confused about is how trafficking people is linked to pornography.  Is it to be understood that the advertisements on the internet are considered to be porn, or is the the act of trafficking people itself that is to be considered pornography? 

 

trafficking women

February 3, 2006

In response to the reading in chapter 2 by Hughes, I was very surprised to read that so many women and children were being trafficked in the U.S.  One thing I am a little confused about is the birde service.  If a woman is forced into the bride service company and then sold to a man as his wife, how can this man parade around town with this woman on his side as his “wife” without other people realizing that she is there against her will.  And if most of these women are very young, the same question applies.  It just doesn’t seem to be something that could be overlooked.  Maybe I misunderstood something. 

I don’t know anyone who has a mail order bride, and I don’t believe that I know someone who knows someone who has a mail order bride.  That is information that would spread rapidly in a community.  I have never heard of anyone having one, so where are all of these men? 

I see how technology ties in with pornography and how technology ties in with trafficking people, but what I am confused about is how trafficking people is linked to pornography.  Is it to be understood that the advertisements on the internet are considered to be porn, or is the the act of trafficking people itself that is to be considered pornography?