By: Cassandra Hedrick
Porn has been around since cameras and it is not going away anytime soon. Lots of people have tried to limit or ban it, but it hasn’t worked. It has split the feminist community into pro and anti porn feminism. Both have arguments about why they do or do not support pornography as a feminist. Let’s explore both sides.
Porn videos tend to be male centric. There are a variety of videos that can be considered degrading to women. Many videos feature what is called the “money shot” where the girl gets cum on her face. This kind of stuff can negatively affect how women are viewed by some men as well as give unrealistic ideas about sex and sexuality to younger viewers.
Another argument is that is causes low self-esteem. However, a study done by Psychologist James Griffith showed that women in porn do not have lower self-esteem or higher rates of mental illness when compared to other college aged women.
Other feminists argue that porn is actually empowering to women as it allows them to control and express their sexuality for both actors and viewers. Basically, they believe women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, even if that means porn. Nina Hartley, former porn star said anti-porn feminists are actually taking away choices and putting down other women.
No matter what side you are on, as a feminist, you should agree women have the right to do what they want with their bodies. Even so, we can also acknowledge the negative affects porn can have on the view of women and address that by not watching videos that degrade women. I believe, as long as the sex is between two consenting adults, there is nothing wrong with it.