Sunday Spotlight on… PORN Part 1 (NSFW) with Giveaway ~ Beverley

Pornography is an explosive subject and promotes very strong opinions and yet it is one of the few subjects which, whilst causing arguments, offence and strong emotion, is often accompanied by giggles…

I sent out the following list of questions to a selection of friends and colleagues whom I am able to contact via FB, text or email not all of whom are part of the LBGTQA Writing/Reading community. To everyone who responded at such short notice thank you 🙂

I have  combined the responses I received into a post, which I hope represents all those disparate views on this subject. There are no right or wrong answers in this debate just opinions, and I have tried to use all the opinions sent to me though many obviously overlapped.

The responses have ranged from the erudite,

There are those who see obscenity in the crotch of every tree. –Alexander King 

to the excitable ‘gimme gimme porn now’ ! So let’s start the ball rolling…

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1) What is the definition of Porn?

2) Porn, do you watch it?

3) What is your definition of Porn?

4) Gay or Het. Porn, do the same rules and moral arguments apply?

5) Why do we watch Porn?

6) Do men and women watch Porn for different reasons?

7) Why does Porn promote such strong reactions Pro and Con?

8) Is Porn degrading?

9) If Yes, to whom, the ‘participants’ or the viewer?

10) Finally limits? When does Porn become abuse and what is not acceptable to film and/or watch?

 

1) Definition of Porn...You would think this would be an objective question, and one with a firm well… definition.

The origins of the word PORNOGRAPHY: from Greek pornographos ‘writing about prostitutes’, from pornē ‘prostitute’ +graphein ‘write’.

The word’s origin has lead to many arguments about sexual porn and prostitution, but the word was created to describe situations and customs, which meant something to that civilisation but have nothing to do with the modern age.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Porn as,

Television programmes, magazine, books, etc. that are regarded as emphasizing the sensuous or sensational aspects of a NON-sexual subject and stimulating a compulsive interest in their audience:

As in Food Porn, Shoe Porn, Car Porn, Handbag porn…However,

Pornography is defined as,

Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.

Most recipients of my poll agree with the Oxford English Dictionary, some phrased it differently…’naked people fucking’, but included words such as entertainment and fun. It was interesting that most responders included the word ‘naked’ in their understanding of Porn, which the dictionary definition or indeed the Greek origins do not.

Any references to Porn or Pornography from here on will mean sexual pornography, this article is not about shoes or handbags 🙂 Likewise the term Porn or Pornography is NOT a derogatory one in this article and should not be taken as such.

2) Do you watch Porn.?

If we look at the strict ‘definition’ of Pornography we all watch, or see it everyday; in adverts, the paper media, on television, in museums, at the theatre and in art galleries. Which of the images below would constitute pornography? If we go by strict definition, then both.

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However, one image would not raise an eyebrow and is from a mainstream magazine whilst the other would have many on FB heading for the ‘report’ button. Of the responses I received back, overwhelmingly the majority admitted to watching material they themselves would class as sexual porn. These ranged from Gifs and pictures on Social Media, Magazines, Secret Groups on FB and  Tumblr to subscriptions for ‘Cockyboys’, ‘Titan Men’, ‘Bel Ami’ or attending live shows. Other porn sites are available 😉

Some felt they watched less than they used to, some more according to changing relationship statuses and/or the addition of children to the family group, but it seemed to be an element in every respondent’s life. These statements apply to M/M and M/F with the exception of the gay porn sites mentioned.

Below are some images, which I would class as beautiful and art but some would class as sexual porn. So again despite the supposed firm definition of Pornography, even more doubt comes into the equation when you consider Art… Shown here, Daniel Radcliffe in Equus (he was very good by the way), and  sculptures by RodinThe Eternal Idol and Original Hunger.

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Daniel Radcliffe in Equus

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The Eternal Idol – Rodin

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Original Hunger – Rodin

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Oscar Wilde said it best’ — “Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, history would have been different.”  – Jake Jaxson Cocky Boys

3) What is your definition of Porn? 

I think that has been covered, mainly in question 2 above.

So I would like to cover what seems to be accepted  by anyone polled for this post, as NOT pornographic. Porn seems to be heavily reliant on where and how it is seen.

If it is sex/nudity viewed in a theatre with famous actors;  a play with writers who have an important moral point to make…it is considered art. If it is a sculpture in a museum or art gallery like Tate Modern, National Gallery or the Guggenheim or MOMA…it is art. However, its purpose is more difficult to separate.

Some sculpture was meant to arouse emotions and feelings which could be called sexual stimulation, and certainly there have been plays and films whose purpose may have been cerebral, but became something else when viewed. Below are some Gifs, which I would call pornographic…

 

 

Max and Jake

 

I think most people would think these images and gifs were pornographic, however what about the next one which is Jake Bass and Max Ryder from the same film but…

 

Reunion Jake and Max

I would argue that this is harder to call.

Plus, several of my responders have suggested that pornography is a turn off when the two or more participants have ‘sad eyes’ or show that they are totally faking it without any enjoyment. So if the porn is not enjoyed and not sexually stimulating for whatever reason, is it still porn?

Now unless Jake and Max are better actors than I give them credit for I suspect some enjoyment is being had here.

4) Do the same rules and moral arguments apply to Gay and Het porn?

Without doubt the answer is YES. What those rules and moral arguments maybe is for another day but unequivocally where this issue is concerned there is equality between hetero and homosexual. An example of that equality…below?

male and female dpToo Hot for comfort

 

 

 

 

 

5) Why do we watch porn?

Some wonderful responses to this, a few I will quote, ‘…fulfils a need reality does not always afford us.’  Fantasy and a precursor to sex with partner, or ‘Jump-start the good juices’ , arousal was a common theme obviously as was entertainment, even education but boredom and/or addiction were less expected. To help with loneliness and experience fetishes desired but unavailable in real life…This is not a simple subject neither is it one over which to giggle when the importance it plays in some people’s lives is truly looked into.

The second part of this look at porn will include the last 5 questions some of which will be more controversial. I hope these posts will conclude with input from commenters on this post. Many of our taboos, fears and preconceptions about religion, gender/sexuality and inhibitions are brought out by discussions of this nature.  

I shall also be brave and bring out my own answers to these questions and have a few more pics to illustrate my points 😉

 

As an incentive to comment on this debate, PBA will giveaway a $10 ARe giftcard to a random commenter. This will be awarded after Part 2, which will be here on Prism Book Alliance the 18th May 2014….

Standard rules and conditions apply

 

Sources

www.trendhunter.com

www.pictify.com

www.pinterest.com

www.Bertil-Nilsson-Homotography.com

www.Cockyboys.com

 

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16 thoughts on “Sunday Spotlight on… PORN Part 1 (NSFW) with Giveaway ~ Beverley

  1. Great blog post Bev, loving the picture examples and looking forward to reading part 2. I’ll admit I only see porn on social media, no subscriptions or anything like that, but Jesse Jackman puts some interesting snippets on his blog.

  2. Wow! That was amazing! The pictures and gifts made it hard to concentrate on the text. Thanks for putting this all together; it’s a great read/visual.

  3. Very interesting post. My question – Is porn inherently bad? Your definition just says it is something sexual. That doesn’t make it dirty or nasty. Or is “good” porn not really porn because it is art?

    • Thank you for your comment Lori S, I hoped to show that pornography per se is NOT inherently good or bad. I wanted to start a debate and hope to continue it in part two of this post on the 18th, although the next one is possibly slightly more controversial!!

  4. I love Jax and am a fan of theirs so you kind of sidetracked me with those GIFs and I watched the Reunion too so there shouldn’t be a strong pull to keep looking, lol.

    #2 was thought provoking and like all things I believe it all depends on perspective (which you pointed out in #3, lol) Some people are more conservative so what may be considered porn to one person may be different for another. Nonetheless, there will always be a point where porn will be considered porn by two or more individuals no matter their perspective.

  5. Great, thought provoking post. I particularly liked the first picture set, pointing out that with all the “outrage” over porn (in the US at least) we are somewhat immune to ads. Not that I didn’t enjoy the rest of the shots/gifs. 😉

  6. Great post. As it’s been noted above, I think that just as with the written word (regardless of straight het or any form of LGBTQ or menage) every person is going to have a subjective opinion of what constitutes whether something is porn or erotic art. But I do think that here in the US, the notion of innocent nudity and appreciation of the human form as a beautiful work of art, has become overly perverted.

  7. As a former art history major, the lines blurred for me very early on. I used to feel that something was pornographic when it had sort of a winking, ridiculous element to it (here’s the pizza boy! she’s wearing stilettos, but nothing else!), but even that isn’t foolproof. Sometimes the use of “porn” as a term is playful, and sometimes it’s just used to demonize or discount certain imagery. If what’s portrayed isn’t harmful, I try not to categorize it too much.

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