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Pornography and the Assassination of Women By Don Hazen, no rx kick smoking patch AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/story/62833/ In his new book, no rx kick smoking patch Robert Jensen forces the reader to face the music about the effects of a porn industry gone gonzo and the need to reassess the trappings of masculinity as the source of increased violence against and degradation of women. I have always been part of the collective liberal progressive libertarian value system that accepts pornography as a legitimate expression of the First Amendment. Part of that thinking is that women participate in porn films of their own free will and that porn often represents fantasies -- though sometimes quasiviolent or degrading -- that people actually have. So as long as people are merely acting in porn films and there is no coercion, no rx kick smoking patch or law-breaking, no rx kick smoking patch it is acceptable. But I've changed my mind. No, no rx kick smoking patch I'm not a prude, no rx kick smoking patch or anti-sex. Nor do I think there should be a national campaign to snuff out all porn. In fact, no rx kick smoking patch I sometimes watch certain kinds of porn. But what has become clear to me is that, no rx kick smoking patch under the guise of the First Amendment, no rx kick smoking patch a huge and powerful porn industrial complex has grown out of control. And a big part of its growth is fueled, no rx kick smoking patch not just by the internet, no rx kick smoking patch but by continually upping the ante, no rx kick smoking patch increasing the extremes of degradation for the women in tens of thousands of films made every year. I am convinced, no rx kick smoking patch although it is, no rx kick smoking patch of course, no rx kick smoking patch difficult to document, no rx kick smoking patch that the huge audiences for porn and the pervasiveness of the themes and behaviors of degradation are having a negative impact on the way men behave and the way society treats women. Sexism and attitudes toward women were supposed to have gotten better after the 1960s and the feminist movement. The sons of boomers were going to be different. And while perhaps that is true in some cases, no rx kick smoking patch what we have instead is more violence against women and more social acceptance of demeaning male attitudes and behaviors that would have been considered out of bounds 20 or 30 years ago. As a society, no rx kick smoking patch we've gone backwards. Part of my thinking on pornography has been shaped by seeing what is on the internet myself, no rx kick smoking patch and part, no rx kick smoking patch by reading Robert Jensen's powerful and provocative book, no rx kick smoking patch excerpted below: Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity. Jensen has convinced me that something as powerful as the porn industry and its sexual extremism must not be kept under the rug due to liberal shoulder-shrugging about the First Amendment. The porn industry should not enjoy our collective denial in terms of its real-world impact on women -- and men -- simply because we might be berated by First Amendment purists or be uncomfortable grappling with complex issues of sexual expression. The debate must be pushed, no rx kick smoking patch and the consciousness raised. No rx kick smoking patch Many will say, no rx kick smoking patch don't mess with the issue because it's a slippery slope and could lead to the repression of other freedoms. I've concluded we need to take that chance. No rx kick smoking patch Male attitudes are potentially being shaped by ugly and sometimes disgusting abuse toward women. No rx kick smoking patch And tens of thousands of young women are being seduced and intimidated into lives of extreme public humiliation on-screen. The impact on their lives over the long run could be devastating. The advent of Gonzo One phenomenon in porn is the ascension of Gonzo films. There are two styles of films -- one are features that mimic, no rx kick smoking patch however badly, no rx kick smoking patch the Hollywood model of plot and characters. No rx kick smoking patch But the other, no rx kick smoking patch Gonzo, no rx kick smoking patch has no pretensions, no rx kick smoking patch and is simply the filming of sex acts, no rx kick smoking patch which, no rx kick smoking patch Jensen writes, no rx kick smoking patch while also occurring in features, no rx kick smoking patch are "performed in rougher fashion, no rx kick smoking patch often with more than one man involved, no rx kick smoking patch and more explicitly degrading language, no rx kick smoking patch which marks women as sluts, no rx kick smoking patch whores, no rx kick smoking patch cunts, no rx kick smoking patch nasty bitches and so on." The Gonzo films, no rx kick smoking patch which have come to dominate the industry, no rx kick smoking patch also emphasize the newer trend of sexual acts, no rx kick smoking patch which include: double penetration -- anal and vaginal -- and ass to mouth, no rx kick smoking patch or ATM, no rx kick smoking patch where anal sex is followed by sticking the penis in the women's mouth. No rx kick smoking patch In addition, no rx kick smoking patch many of these films include men, no rx kick smoking patch often in multiple numbers, no rx kick smoking patch ejaculating into the faces and mouths of the women performers. The women usually swallow the semen, no rx kick smoking patch but also can share it mouth-to-mouth with a female partner. For Jensen, no rx kick smoking patch the most plausible explanation of the popularity of these acts is that women in the world, no rx kick smoking patch outside of pornography, no rx kick smoking patch don't engage in these acts unless forced. No rx kick smoking patch "Men know that -- and they find it sexually arousing to watch them in part because of that knowledge." As Jerome Tanner, no rx kick smoking patch porn film maker, no rx kick smoking patch explains, no rx kick smoking patch "One of the things about today's porn and the extreme market, no rx kick smoking patch the gonzo market, no rx kick smoking patch is so many fans want to see much more extreme stuff that I'm always trying to figure out ways to do something different. But it seems that everybody wants to see a girl doing a double penetration or a gang bang. No rx kick smoking patch ... No rx kick smoking patch It's definitely brought porn somewhere, no rx kick smoking patch but I don't know where it is headed from there." Mitchell Spinelli, no rx kick smoking patch interviewed while filming Give me Gape, no rx kick smoking patch adds: "People want more. No rx kick smoking patch They want to know how many dicks you can shove up an ass. No rx kick smoking patch It's like 'Fear Factor meets Jackass.' Make it more hard, no rx kick smoking patch make it more nasty, no rx kick smoking patch make it more relentless." Jensen clearly decided in writing his book that the often overwhelming reality of the behavior and values of the porn industry must be experienced by the reader, no rx kick smoking patch at least in written form, no rx kick smoking patch to understand what the issues are. Thus, no rx kick smoking patch in the book, no rx kick smoking patch he describes porn scenes, no rx kick smoking patch quotes dialogue in the porn films, no rx kick smoking patch and includes interviews with porn actors to help capture what they are thinking. Some of this is a little hard to take. No rx kick smoking patch Here is one example: Jessica Darlin tells the camera she has performed in 200 films, no rx kick smoking patch and she is submissive. No rx kick smoking patch "I like guys to just take over and fuck me and have a good time with me. No rx kick smoking patch I'm just here for pleasure." The man who enters the room grabs her hair and tells her to beg the other man. No rx kick smoking patch She crawls over on her hands and knees, no rx kick smoking patch and he spanks her hard. No rx kick smoking patch When he grabs her by the throat, no rx kick smoking patch she seems surprised. No rx kick smoking patch During oral sex, no rx kick smoking patch he says, no rx kick smoking patch "Choke on that dick." She gags. No rx kick smoking patch He grabs her head and slaps her face then forces his penis in her mouth quickly. No rx kick smoking patch She gags again.The other man duplicates the action, no rx kick smoking patch calling her a "little bitch." Jessica is drooling and gagging; she looks as if she might pass out. No rx kick smoking patch The men slap her breasts, no rx kick smoking patch then grab her by the hair and pull her up. No rx kick smoking patch Later in the scene, no rx kick smoking patch "One man enters her anally from the rear as she is pushed up against the couch. No rx kick smoking patch The other man enters her anally while his partner puts his foot on her head. No rx kick smoking patch Finally one grabs her hair and asks here what she wants. No rx kick smoking patch 'I want your cum in my mouth, no rx kick smoking patch' she says. No rx kick smoking patch 'Give me all that cum. No rx kick smoking patch I want to taste it.'" Jensen writes, no rx kick smoking patch "In researching the porn industry, no rx kick smoking patch one of the most difficult parts is writing about the women who perform. Men see women in porn films as objects of desire (to be fucked) or ridicule (to be made fun of.) When porn performers speak in public, no rx kick smoking patch they typically repeat a script that emphasizes that they have freely chosen this career because of their love of sex and lack of inhibition." Don't miss the rest of this article. http://www.alternet.org/sex/62833/ Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.