These two sorts of images are as different as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain. Yet they are confused and lumped together as ‘pornography’ or ‘obscenity,’ ‘erotica’ or ‘explicit sex,’ because sex and violence are so dangerously intertwined and confused (Buchwald 33).
With such a mounting body of evidence that pornography harms – from the reams of scientific studies, the testimony of law enforcement and mental health officials, and the actual experiences of real, live women – the civil rights antipornography activists began to ask: Whose freedom, and whose speech, is being protected? (Buchwald 292).
I viewed several aspects of pornographic material. I viewed “erotic” stories online, pornographic websites, pornographic DVDs and pornographic magazines, to get a sense of the different media types and how they all reflect the point of view of the oppressed woman in pornography or even if they do reflect that point of view. I analyzed each and noted common themes of unwillingness to participate, violence, etc..
The website www.literotica.com contained many different types of erotic stories. However, some of the stories involved women being kidnapped, abused physically and mentally, restrained, raped, and even forced to be inseminated. There is a section in the erotic stories called “NonConsent/Reluctance”, which contains hundreds of stories geared towards exciting someone’s fantasy of being in control over women. It is also possible that there are some women who are excited or turned on by thinking about or reading about being taken control of considering some of the stories were written by women. In one particular story that stands out, a woman was kidnapped, stripped, handcuffed, blindfolded, gagged and left there. She woke up, urinated on herself, cried, defecated on herself then was brought to clean up by the stranger who kidnapped her. She was then brought to a chair where she was held down in a position with her legs open where the man proceeded to have sex with her for the purpose of bearing his child. He called her things like “sow” to belittle her on top of her already miserable situation. The story is narrated from the woman’s point of view so the reader can see her thoughts about how much she hates the situation and wants to escape, but as the story goes she puts up little to no fight. “But blatant or subtle, there is no equal power or mutuality. In fact, much of the tension and drama comes from the clear idea that one person is dominating another” (Buchwald 33). Many people choose to view pornography for the simple fact that it does exploit the role of women in society and exaggerates it by showing men physically and mentally abusing them in a sexual way.