08 April 2008

Children of the Porn

Naomi Wolf on the effects of porn:

…I saw Andrea Dworkin, the anti-porn activist most famous in the eighties for her conviction that opening the floodgates of pornography would lead men to see real women in sexually debased ways… In a kind of domino theory, she predicted, rape and other kinds of sexual mayhem would surely follow.

But the effect is not making men into raving beasts. On the contrary: The onslaught of porn is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women, and leading men to see fewer and fewer women as “porn-worthy.” Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they can scarcely get, let alone hold, their attention.

So Dworkin was right that pornography is compulsive, but she was wrong in thinking it would make men more rapacious. A whole generation of men are less able to connect erotically to women—and ultimately less libidinous.

The reason to turn off the porn might become, to thoughtful people, not a moral one but, in a way, a physical- and emotional-health one; you might want to rethink your constant access to porn in the same way that, if you want to be an athlete, you rethink your smoking. The evidence is in: Greater supply of the stimulant equals diminished capacity.


(H/T Shunya's Notes)

2 comments:

Mark said...

I guess that makes sense. ("Porn-worthy" being the flip-side of Seinfeld's "sponge-worthy.")

I disagree with Naomi Wolf on many things ("The Beauty Myth")but she's interesting to read. She's like Father Andrew Greenley, someone who doesn't exactly fit in categories of liberal or conservative.

Mark said...

I guess that makes sense. ("Porn-worthy" being the flip-side of Seinfeld's "sponge-worthy.")

I disagree with Naomi Wolf on many things ("The Beauty Myth")but she's interesting to read. She's like Father Andrew Greenley, someone who doesn't exactly fit in categories of liberal or conservative.