Project: The effect of watching porn on women

I am starting an ongoing project where I interview women who have watched porn about its effects on them. I am primarily interested in women who viewed porn voluntarily for their own purposes, but if you were coerced into watching porn by a male partner or family member and have important things to say about the experience please feel free to participate. If you would like to submit an interview, just send an email to psage681 at gmail dot com. I am asking the following questions:

1) What effect did porn use have on your ideas about sexuality and your sexual behaviour?

2) Did you notice how misogynist it was and how did you react to the misogyny?

3) What made you stop watching it?

4) What observations have you made in your acquaintances who watch porn and how it affects them?

5) Anything else you want to add.

Responses will be posted under an anonymous name of your choice.

There is a lot of research out there about the effects of watching porn on men. Men who watch a lot of porn tend to lose interest in having normal sex with normal women and often cannot get an erection without watching porn. I want to take a look at the effects on women.

This is an anti-porn project focusing on the negative effects of watching porn; however, I do believe that the primary reason people shouldn’t watch porn is not because of its effect on the viewer but because of the effect on the women in the films, who are groomed, coerced, and trafficked into it. Although my primary concern is for the women whose rapes are filmed and sold for “entertainment,” it is also worth talking about how porn culture affects the viewers, in order to have a complete picture of its effect on society.

It was through anonymous feminist blogs that I learned to stop watching porn. I hope to “pay it forward” and give the reasons to a new generation of feminists. I also think we can eliminate the myth that anti-porn feminists are moralistic prudes. We are actually regular people and we’ve usually seen porn ourselves and have taken a realistic look at what’s wrong with it.

A quote from Andrea Dworkin from an interview in Radically Speaking:

The fact that our sexuality participates in SM scenarios and is excited by hierarchy and differentials of power and that women are trained basically from birth to eroticise powerlessness and pain should not come as a surprise. The only thing that is a surprise is that a bunch of people would call it feminism and say it’s good.

It seems to me that the great misunderstanding is that those of us in the anti-pornography movement have said we are pure, we have nothing to do with that stuff. We have never said that. None of us has ever said that. We’ve all said that we are fighting pornography because we know what it is. We are fighting for sexual equality because we’ve experienced inequality. We live in this world. We don’t live twelve feet above it. None of us that I have ever heard or seen in my life have made claims of purity, let alone avowals of puritanism. These mischaracterisations have been really just propaganda tools. I see myself as living in this world. I know what sadomasochism is. I know what all those feelings are. I know what all the practices are. I don’t think that I am different or better or above it. What I think is that it has to change and that we do not celebrate our powerlessness and call it freedom.

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3 thoughts on “Project: The effect of watching porn on women

  1. Reblogged this on Bureaucromancy and commented:
    Very quick post here – the comrade Purple Sage is doing a project on women who watch or have watched porn, as there’s not too much info on this subject. If you fall into this category, comrades, helping her out with her project would be good. She will keep all the info anonymous, I think it’s a very interesting idea.

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