up! Speak out!
For Dignity and Respect
When Pornography is Critiqued
Why Do Some People Get So Mad?
many men, criticism of pornography is experienced as criticism of their
basic sexuality, and specifically, to an attack on how they attain erections.
Since many men's eroticism has been shaped from the beginning by images
from pornography, it is impossible for them to envision an alternative.
Thus to criticize pornographized sexuality is perceived by many men as
a direct attack on their sexuality with the implied threat of depriving
them of erections."
-- W.E. Stock in Men And Sex, 1997
When men view women as sex objects they
are also objectifying themselves. Pornographizing sexuality and dehumanizing
and subordinating women alienates men from their own sexuality and fosters
destructive attitudes of entitlement and contempt, acted out as uncaring,
nonrelational sexual conquests and aggression.
for Education Not Exploitation,
ACC Women and Men for Social Justice, Spring, 1998