Safe Sex: How Egalitarian Porn Could Heal The World

In A.W. Eaton’s A Sensible Anti-Porn Feminism, she mentions briefly that a possible way to shape desires toward a more egalitarian view may “involve encouraging the production of egalitarian pornography” (Eaton 20). While this approach may seem to be incongruous with an anti-porn feminism, I assert that it is in the best interest of both men and women to pursue this end in a controlled and calculated way. While I do not advocate legislation or censorship of materials, I do feel that a strict definition for identifying egalitarian pornography and an effort to flood the market with such material may very well help to counteract the harm done by reenforcing prejudicial beliefs regarding women and feminine players portrayed in the current market. To better illustrate, let us adopt the analogy provided by Eaton. She uses cigarettes as an example while explaining the notion of cause and necessity to help flesh out her review of a harm hypothesis. Following this line of thinking, let us assume that egalitarian pornography would act like the nicotine patch or gum. It would help an individual with the desire to escape the harmful outcomes related to in-egalitarian pornography through satiating the desire for pornographic images without reenforcing the harmful belief and symbol structures. In effect, it would sooth the craving, provide the rush and ends sought after, and alleviate the pain and consequence of perpetual exposure to violence. By utilizing a pornography that plays up equal agency in its depiction or creates an explicit consent to any “hardcore” action directly in the scene, a greater sense of equality may very well trickle into the real world and beliefs that a given viewer lives with each day.

We must also remember that harm occurs to all feminine players involved in any in-egalitarian depiction. Gay men, lesbians, and transgendered persons are all, at times, subjected to roles that promote an objectification and degradation of human value in pornography. In many cases, they are seen to be lesser, filthy, or serving only as a sexual tool for the other participant. This promotes a view of them as weak and inhuman. If the masculine participant/s is/are pushed into a realm of hyper-masculinity, they often push the other participant/s into roles of false femininity, portraying that femininity as subservient and of little value. What is truly at stake in the issue of pornography, is the redefining of feminine. Feminine qualities are equal to masculine in that they are necessary to make up the whole human person. When one is shunned fully for the sake of the other, it becomes perverted, misunderstood, and demonized while causing the other to become distorted and hyper-realized in the individual. Through the use of more egalitarian pornography, we could shape the views of gender and its qualities into a more whole and comprehensive actuality. Sex has an interesting power to it. It can bring souls close together or tear them apart. What is vital in any sexual act is that it brings in all participants as fully participatory and of equal agency. Otherwise, the situation dehumanizes a given party and turns the act into what is essentially assisted masturbation. In short, if you want to get a piece, be sure to give some back. Whether you lay down by the fire or rock like a hurricane, the act of having sex or watching it can be beautiful or cause psychological damage. We must all take responsibility not only for our actions, but also for the ones we sanction with our dollar bills. Removal of anyone’s agency in a sex act reduces it to filth. To quote the ever interesting George Michael, “Sex is natural. Sex is fun. Sex is best when it’s one on one”.

 

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