Cindy Gallop: Make love, not porn (Adult content)

I found Cindy Gallop’s unapologetic declaration of “ I date younger men and I have sex with younger men” (Gallop) completely refreshing. But when she continued with the statement on how she “encounters the ramifications of the creeping ubiquity of hard core pornography in our culture” (Gallop) I became deflated. Is hard-core pornography really the way most people envision sex?

Hard-core pornography cements the archetype of dominant males and submissive females. Personally, I find nothing exciting about pornography that reenacts rape scenes, or females being forcibly choked with a penis. I can understand why Dworkin and MacKinnon, in Cornell’s article, Feminism and Pornography were legally trying to enact ordinances to protect women from being “dehumanized as sexual objects.” (Cornell, 3)

In saying that I am conflicted. I don’t agree with violence against women in pornography, but I don’t believe in censorship either. Violence is a part of the fantasy for some viewers. But I wonder how do we widen the gap between fantasy and reality, so that everyday peoples sex lives are not just following the script of the hard-core pornography industry’s assortment of fill in the blank encounters?

Cornell , Drucilla . Feminism and Pornography . New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.

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