Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Great Porn Debate

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Saw “The Great Porn Debate” at my school today. It was pretty much awesome. Ron Jeremy vs. a 35 year old pastor

The pastor guy had a few good points, but mainly, he kept saying “Porn  leads men to have unrealistic expectations for sex” basically implying that porn makes men think that women like double penetration and gang bangs and whatnot. He talked about how easy it is for kids to view porn (and basically said that the main viewers of porn are young, underage children).  He also brought up “barely legal” stuff and things like that. He thinks that all porn is degrading to women and all women porn stars are miserable. In short, he said that porn addictions are biiig problems and seemed to think that most people who view porn have an addiction and that all porn ruins sexual relationships. He did not, however, state that pre-marital sex is bad, or necessarily that masturbation is wrong (hinted that he’s not too big on it, tho). But he also basically said that no women enjoy porn (and if they go to porn conventions or award shows it’s only because their boyfriend/husband wants to go). I do not watch porn, I get nothing from it, but I know women who legit ENJOY porn.

Ron Jeremy basically said “female porn stars choose the profession and a bunch of them make a lot of money and move on to better things.” He also said that the pastor was only bringing up the odd ball porn. The largest sold/viewed porn, according to his research, is 35-49 year old men and MILF and Cougar porn is the most popular. Kids do view porn, but it’s not because it’s marketed to them, it’s because parental blocks aren’t being utilized properly. The porn industry (at least the legit parts, like his companies) do what they can to prevent minors viewing it and they shut down a lot of the kiddie porn and apparently it’s against regulations to do the “look, I’m trying to look like I’m 14” porn. He also brought up that there is regular STD testing and unsafe acts (like ass-to-vagina) are NOT performed. He did not say that porn is amazing and all men and women should look at it and he does not condone underage viewing, but he states that well, it happens.

What annoyed me was some girl who works at another store like mine basically said “where I work, I can sell sex toys to kids” and I almost stood up and said “well, you CAN, but you are not obligated to sell a sex toy to a 12 year old. you can say now! you have the right to turn them away.” The debaters were asking if the store sold magazines and videos, which we don’t, and the pastor definitely seemed upset by the fact that the store can legally sell vibrators to children. Ron Jeremy didn’t seem upset, but kinda confused. They also brought up the playboy merchandise, which in my opinion is fairly innocent because, well, it’s just the bunny head and the word “Playboy” on it. It’s popular mainly because of stuff like the shoe “Girls Next Door.” These girls buying the merchandise aren’t wanting to become porn stars, it’s more of a status symbol than anything. I wanted to ask a question about why the pastor seemed to think that no women watch porn for personal enjoyment and then say, basically “I dunno how her store is run, but in my store, we do not sell any sexual material to anyone who is very obviously a minor because we don’t think it’s morally right to sell things like that to young teenagers without a parent present. we have the right to do that, too.”

By the end of it, I got a picture with Ron Jeremy and 2 of my friends and I got him to sign my birth control package. 🙂 (it was the only thing I could find that was easy to sign) and he made fun of my Vibram Five-Finger shoes.