Sunday, 11 November 2007

Generation Porn

You know, of all the places I'd expect to be advertising pornography, the bus wouldn't be high on my list (but that's just what happened). Sat reading the Metro newspaper last Wednesday I read a whole article all about the internet's latest 'craze' which calls itself, quite knowingly, YouPorn. Think of it as a blue version of YouTube where the only videos that are allowed admittence are of the ameteur porn variety. And it's all free.

But I'm not here to grumble about the Metro's choice of article. We live in an apparently free land (that sound in the background isn't me laughing at my last statement... not at all... honest g'uv) and the newspaper can print whatever it wants. No, what's kinda shocking is just how much the mainstream has embraced pornography over the last 20 years. How do you reach an era where sex is exploited for free online?

Post-feminism, we're still willing to put topless women front page on our tabloid newspaers - to exploit their feminine appearence for males' sake - because it sells bucket loads of copies. Look at the Sun, or the Daily Star, or worse still the Daily Sport which makes its name out of sex and yet more sex. For a supposedly civialised society, it's all very basic and voyeuristic.

What sort of lessons is it teaching our children, when they shop around the supermarket with mummy or daddy and see the instruments that fed them as a child - well, somebody else's breasts - staring at them from the news rack above?

Of course, sexual awareness doesn't have to be an entirely bad thing. All I'm saying is we could definately set a better example. We don't have to have topless women - often young girls, probably still at university and finding it hard to pay their way in life. We don't have to exploit sex for everything it's worth. And we don't have to stare at naked images to enjoy the benefits, that's all Im saying.

A teacher of mine once made a wisecrack about pornography (he's just returned, shocked, from Japan where they sell child porn on street corners). He said that the only guys who enjoy the porn, the ones too busy jerking off to read this, are the ones who clearly aren't getting any. And it's true - what sell respecting woman will want to be with a guy who's willing to sit at home and watch another woman self abuse for his pleasure?

My message is simple; sex shouldn't be exploited and sold for filth. It should be celebrated and enjoyed and remembered for all it's worth.

For all the right reasons.
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