First and foremost I’d like to apologize for an unexplained abandonment of this blog on my part. Due to the fact that some personal endeavors are taking most of my time, it has become rather hard to update this blog periodically. Hopefully, however, I will be able to bring a bit of my opinion to all of you, as well as any updates I get from Dr. Sun.
A few days ago, at ungodly hours of the morning, an e-mail asking to moderate a comment was sent to me. This comment made my colleagues and I think about the way that we are portraying our work to the public, while it also managed to spark new threads of thought in our research.
I feel some things should be clarified. First of all, the documentary was all of Professor Chyng Sun, Michael Picker and Robert Wosnitzer’s work. My colleagues and I (Olivia and Joanna) had no part in the making of the film, nor were our ideas in any way part of it.
Secondly, the purpose of the film was not to credit or discredit porn. Instead it meant to explore porn, and show those of you who may be interested, a side of it that most have not seen, or refuse to see. While it’s understandable that the film can show porn in a negative light, nothing in the film was untrue. If this is the depiction that the viewers get from it, there’s nothing that we as researchers, or the producers and directors of the film can do about it. They simply interviewed the willing people involved in the business and gave the public what they got from it.
Our intention isn’t to halt porn. That would be as ridiculous as trying to halt prostitution. What we’re trying to explore and share with the world is the ways in which contemporary pornography portrays gender roles and stereotypes, and how this mainstreaming of certain male chauvinistic behaviors is changing the expectations from and of both genders in a courtship or relationship.
The information disseminated in the film, blog, website, etc, is information that we have gathered from various populations. These range from the porn loathing feminist, to the porn addict, to the porn entrepreneur, to the porn star -male or female.
I can speak for my behalf when I say that although I don’t watch it, I don’t find porn itself gross or wrong or demeaning. What I find demeaning is the way that the rather violent, and even demeaning, ways in which women are treated in mainstream porn has become a must have in each respectable porn ever made.
I beg all of you who think we’re a bunch of feminists in renaissance era garb to ponder how you’d feel watching a porn in which the demeaning of a male is the norm. It isn’t a matter of gender equality or the discrediting of porn; we simply question: why is it that a cum shot to the face and gangbanging of a woman is appealing and expected? How this is changing the ways in which we interact intimately and socially?
Now, if my training doesn’t impede periodic updating, you all can expect to hear more from me promptly.