oops. Don’t take away my rights…
April 10, 2006, 6:27 pm
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Limitation of my rights is not what I want. I don’t think that first amendment rights should be compromised because of free expression. Are there people getting hurt because of the display? If so there should be legal action against that, for example rape in pornography, why not forget about attacking that it is pornography and look at it as a violent crime. Art that has naked people in it, or sexual thought can’t harm people. Paintings don’t have sex or rape each other. Maybe I would be more understanding as to why all these laws and rules against obsenity weren’t so vague. Anything can be obscene, I was thinking about that when writing this blog, we are all obscene just for writing about sexual topics and taking a class that talks about porn. We live in a nation that is aging and the standards of many different communities would be against this class. I know i am from a small town and this class would raise hell and high water because of the content, should I not engage in this activity because those are the community standards that I still live with? Miller would save this class I guess by using the SLAPS test to say that there is meaning that we are getting out of taking this class therefore we should not be considered to obscene.
Variable obsenity doesn’t make sense just because children can’t watch it or engage in it as an adult I can’t. In our culture when turning 18 may people go out and buy pornography just because they legally can. My brother just turned 18 and this was a big thing for him and his friends, not so much for the porn but because this allowed them to embrace becoming more of an adult. Society has placed such a bad spin of porn that even out rights are being challenged, In cultures that are more open about nudity and sexuality, I bet there aren’t as many issues, their children aren’t damaged maybe society is the problem.


rules that don’t rule…
April 10, 2006, 6:25 pm
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Lectures 25,26,and 27 cover different aspects of obsenity and the laws that surround it over the course of time in America. There are many different court cases talked about, all that have different rulings on material that is thought to obscene by someone. To make rulings on what is obscene and what is not use test like Hickin rule, to validate the Comstock Law(1873) The Hickin rule is when materials that can “deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences and into whose hands it might fall.” This is not very structured , and I am not sure that it really defines what they are looking for. These open minds can belong to anyone, and there is no way of knowing who has mental issues and will talk your expression as obscene even if it is not intended to be that way. There should be more limitations and explanations as to who needs to protected and what are the limits to what is obscene.
If you do not know what the laws are or you do not interpret the laws the same way because they are so vague then you are liable to not produce materials that might be considered to be inapproiate. I think that more than anything prosecuting people for obsenity in examples like throughout the mail, for sending things to other states, and for art displays really is to scare other people into not doing it because they will be unsure if they are within these sliding values of obsenity.
The Miller Test when I first looked at it seemed to be a better representation of rules for obsenity that are more realistic and better defined. After watching the lectures I found that the Miller Test is really just a better view of the Roth-Memoirs. Miller Test does go into more detail about standards that have to be met, but in the same breath they are community standards. So now you have to know the laws, and community standards and what the average person thinks about these values. And after that if you still have time to produce somethings that is obscene its probably out of anger for the system.

Top three blogs
April 3, 2006, 1:19 pm
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Barizzo is my top blog, because it is insightful, the content and information is always presented clearly and well thoughtout.

Vanessa’s Ideas on Porn- its a good blog because it is bold but does not pressure thoughts and ideas on others. Always well layed out and interesting.

Way 2 Much- a blog that I read because of different view point from what seems to the majority of the class, great points that extends many years of information into may good argruments.

I might be naive, but….
March 30, 2006, 4:56 pm
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In this weeks lectures interactivity of sex on the Internet and what is sex, now days are questions that need to be redefined. These are questions that might have had definitive answers in the past but now are in a gray area because of the change that has occurred in social values and in technology. The interactivity of new technologies on the Internet are allowing people to have relations that do not stay within the standards of what used to be. I think that pornography is already interactive. There are web chats and other interactions that communication with other humans is going on in real time. Questions of this real time interaction brings up points in later lectures on is this cheating? I think that it is, understanding that emotional and physical connections make a relationship, so if you are sharing your personal fantasies and thoughts with another person your lover is missing out. If the satisfaction is coming from another source what is the purpose of your partner?
Lecture 23 and the different ways in which Kellogg thought were useful and preventive ways to keep people from masturbating are horrible.
The changing thoughts about sex are still too much for some groups, the feminist that are talked about in lecture, believe firmly that pornography causes men to rape. I personally don’t agree, for starters based on the fact that every man that watches and even enjoys aggressive sex, pornography that depicts rape of violence against women, are not going to turn around and commit similar crimes against women. There has to be more that leads to rape and violence against women, for sure these violent attacks on women are not healthy, but they can’t be the leading cause for violence. Is rape really so common that like the Morgan article talks about that it happens so many people. If rape is so common than why don’t we have more education on it in school, or through the media? Maybe I am the one who is uneducated about it, or being to naive thinking that it is not happening to every female I know.

Practice makes perfect, so every male is a rapist…
March 29, 2006, 12:38 am
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In rebuttal to the Morgan article in the defense of men rape might be the practice but everyone isn’t going up to bat. This article is very biased against men. Naturally I would have taken a role in supporting parts of the argument that Robin Morgan has made, but to justify the opposition is to understand that this auricle is man hating. After I read it I had the feeling that all women are raped and that all men rape. The facts that she gives like that the marriage bed is where many rapes occur just because the woman doesn’t want to, makes it feel that rape happens all the time. I think this is wrong to portray it this way because the more common rape is the more that people are desensitized by it. If rape is an everyday occurance and everyone is raped, people are not going to listen to it any more than you telling about your walk to the mailbox. Rape is violence, the article started talking about the many ways that women are raped, the ways that she cannot defend herself and the thoughts that she is unable to do anything about it. No where is there talk about the women who survived attacks and attempted rapes are living productive lives. Women’s lives seem to revolve around when its there turn to get raped and who will do it.
The idea that pornography leads to these rapes is bogus. The numbers alone will show that not every man who watches pornography and sees rapes are all going to go out and commit the crime. The idea that pornography is viewed on a daily or many times a day becomes as much a part of the man’s life as the fear of who is going to rape me is to the female. Morgan throughout the article justifies both these acts I feel as if there are daily habits of both men and women. They have loss their elements of cause and effect and now just happened all the time. Commonality has loss fear element for the males because if every other male is raping their wives and coworkers what is the likely hood that they are going to get caught or even thought down on because they do it. Ideas that women are so much the victim in ways that are portrayed in articles like this to me are just giving men more power, rather than instill any fear on them.
As for the women who acted out and took pictures of the men in the porn stores, I don’t feel that made any impact other than to embarrass a couple of men. The other men in the community are just going to be thankful it wasn’t them, and contiue to rape because there once again is bigger news that what is going on in their bed.
The idea of females having power and standing up for themselves in a sense that they want to not be seen as the victims of this crime is a way that should be looked into, the more power women have the more they can stand up to men.

Your choice to act out…
March 26, 2006, 11:29 am
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Lecture 21 especially talked about pornography and its other uses in society. There are powerfull effects of this material on the lives of many both who want to use it and those who do not.
Media dives into pornography and exposes mainstream pornography to the world with the use of advertisements and pop-ups on Internet viewing. Pornography as a media also allows people who want to watch porno for fun to do that. Socializing about new sex thinngs and what sexual things were on tv or commericals also for more open talking and a relaxation of some of socieities harshes taboos. Pornography will never be excepted by all. There will always be someone or some group that is against pornography because of their beliefs. Religious fundamentalist of many differnt religions are against pornography because it takes away from one’s purity.The XXXChruch in the lecture is against pornography because it is secretive and people are going against ways of the church.

I think that now days people should be able to choose what they want to watch and if there is a business producing this media that is taboo, if there are viewers then there should be production. With cable TV having over 400 channels, there is no reason that you can’t block the ones that are labeled with explicit material. Why can’t porno be labeled, it is and the industry really doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. If you are offened by it just block it out of your house, and don’t worry about what others are doing.

What about the women?
March 25, 2006, 12:05 pm
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If you watched violent porn then you will harm women. It cannot be proven but many beleive that this could happen. The common arguments that pornography is bad are lead by statements that pornography causes hate and harm especially to women. I don’t believe that this is true. Watching porno, violent or not, isn’t going to make you want to harm women. Looking at how many people watch pornography over the course of their lifetime, and how many actual rapes actually occur might show that only a small number are related. This study would already have problems because there is no way to tract how many people watch porn over a life time, and there is problems because so many rapes are not turned in.
Since the idea is that men are found to want to cause more harm to wome because of these violent pornographic films are women who watch these made to think that what these men are doing is more acceptable. Is that a reason that many women don’t turn in acts of rape? Are the men that feel these negative ideas after watching violent pornography similar in age to the actors in the movie? If a young man watches porn and can relate to the men in the film, is he more likely to be negatively influenced than a older man who watches it and knows that he is not in the same physical shape and health as the man commiting the crime. Does the old man have less chance of feeling negative because he views the films as just films and not fantasizing himself in the film like the younger man could do more easily?

I really think that there is no way to truely understand if pornograph causes people to be harmful to others. The mindset of the person before the criminal act would have to be determined and there would have to be understanding if there was premeditative thoughts before any pornography was involved, to prove if it was the porno or not.