Sep 272007
 

Riane Eisler has an excellent piece posted on Alternet that examines the intimate relationship between porn and militarism:

“But if war propaganda is effective in dehumanizing members of “enemy” nations to make it possible for men to hurt, kill, and degrade other human beings — as it clearly is — why would images of women as merely body parts for male sexual use and abuse not have similar effects? Why, like other propaganda, would stories and images that dehumanize women not blind people to the reality of women’s suffering? If linking sex with violence had no effect on behavior, why would savvy media professionals link sex with whatever they are trying to sell — from cars to Coca-Cola — to influence peoples’ behavior?”

She also asks some hard (and totally on the mark) questions about why so many liberals insist on seeing porn as a free speech issue:

“It’s time liberals come out of denial about pornography. It’s time to stop kidding ourselves that linking sex with cruelty and violence has no real effect.Chaining, whipping and even killing people in the name of sexual pleasure is sadism. But liberal groups like the ACLU still go to court to protect violent and degrading porno on the grounds of free speech. Of course, we want free speech. But there have always been legal limits to speech. The basis of libel and slander suits, for example, is that you can’t use speech to vilify and harm others. Porno vilifies and harms women. And it harms us all. It’s not accidental that the period leading up to the Iraq war coincided with the proliferation of degrading and violent porno. Social scientists have shown that a rise in images of sexual conquest and domination historically presage periods of repression and war.”

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 September 27, 2007  Posted by on September 27, 2007

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