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What we're not saying about porn

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2017, 4:38 pm in , , , , , ,

There's a lot of moral hysteria about pornography — sorry to state the obvious. The panic targets both the industry and its main audience, young men.

 guy watching porn on laptop

Summed up, the industry exploits women and its products create bad sexual attitudes in men towards women. I'm referring to straight porn — I think things are different with gay porn but that's not the point of this post.

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Heteronormative masculinity: get over it

Posted by Philip on 6 September 2011, 7:38 am in , , ,

I'm usually a fan of TED's pushing thought boundaries, but this video of psychologist Philip Zimbardo asking, "Why are boys struggling?" was surprisingly uninnovative, in my humble opinion. He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons but, like something out of the 1950s, his thesis takes the stance that boys only like girls and vice versa. It's hardly an idea worth spreading if you ask me.

To add insult to injury, his accompanying survey (no longer available) made the same heteronormative assumptions. I took the survey and added a few of my own thoughts. To make it quicker to write this post, I've copied and pasted the survey questions and options, putting the comments I added in bold.

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