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Smart Women Should Watch Porn

13 Sep

Being back in the U.S. has made me question some of the assumptions I made about my own culture while studying sexuality in Africa, as has this Ms Afropolitan post.

I wondered about cultural influences on male sexual fantasies, questioning whether African traditions like FGM and dry sex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_sex) were revealing of a distaste for female sexual pleasure.  Learning about these exotically horrific practices made me place American sexuality on a pedestal of female-friendliness.

But perhaps nothing is more revealing of predominant male fantasies than popular porn videos, and this article reminded me that we’ve got more than our own fair share of problems. The popularity of misogynistic porn in the U.S. should have us all reflecting on the ways in which early exposure to violent pornographic videos may be affecting our society.

 

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A Message to Women from a Man

13 Sep

Yashar Ali does a great job of explaining a position I am constantly trying to defend – the degree to which gendered behaviors are culturally constructed.