Porn 101: What can porn teach us?

Apparently if you want the answer to that question you have to go to college in Pasadena, CA. Or just read this article to get an idea:

College Offers Course Devoted Entirely to Pornography

“(The course) focuses on giving students tools to understand pornography as a historical and contemporary phenomenon,” Schwyzer told The College Fix. “Students today live in a porn-saturated culture and very rarely get a chance to learn about it in a safe, non-judgmental, intellectually thoughtful way.”

I was not aware that porn was just a misunderstood underdog in today’s society. Nor that it could be studied in an “intellectually thoughtful way”.

Has this guy ever seen a porno? Because the acting is such shite that it actually kills off brain cells and practically obliterates the ability to think intellectually. Or are we just talking the classy kind of porn and not the parody of the Pirates of the Carribean one? Hold on, that can’t be right, you can’t limit an educational quest to one aspect of a subject. No, the job of the academic is to examine a subject in entirety; as a (w)hole, if you will.

“The course doesn’t merely consist of viewing pornography. In fact, students do not view porn inside the classroom. Instead, they watch it on their own time as homework” -Yeah, because they weren’t doing that anyways!

“He said he hopes students come out of the course with a better personal understanding of some of the seminal issues of pornography, such as: “why we love porn … why some people are deeply troubled by it … and how both to make decisions about porn in their own lives and how to have conversations about porn with others.””

And if they don’t all come out with increased knowledge of ” seminal issues”, 100% of the male students will come out with more seminal fluid.

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5 thoughts on “Porn 101: What can porn teach us?

  1. Actually, Porn is a massive contributor to modern technology. Photo cameras and video cameras were both developed DIRECTLY in response to the porn industry.
    Additionally, pornography holds a lot of social connotations, and by examining different cultures and their own perspectives on pornography, /mature/ people can come to better understand those cultures as a whole.
    As a very small example, in the U.S. a photo of a naked woman or man is pornographic, but in most of Europe, that’s just a picture of a naked woman or man. Different cultures have vastly different definitions of porn.
    Additionally, different cultures have differing levels of “porn problems.” Japan, for example, has the highest level of porn addiction in the world, which is in interesting contrast to the stringent, tight-lipped culture that is outwardly seen.
    So, yes, I’d say that’s an interesting, and legitimate class, particularly for students of Psychology or Sociology.

  2. That’s actually quite interesting about Japan – makes you wonder about the correlation and/or causation of the outwardly uptight natures and the behind closed doors porn addicts.

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  3. I agree with nitrostreak, studying porn can be very beneficial (in a purely academic sense, of course…/cough). But seriously, one example that caught my interest from the article was the college’s choice to cancel the lecture by a male porn star when they didn’t seem to have a problem with visits from female porn stars. Gender bias, much? I think a study of porn would provide an eye opening look at society, particularly the areas in which it is okay for women to be seen as highly sexualized by others, but not sexual beings in our own right. Power dynamics between the sexes and all that, why women are vastly more involved in being trafficked (read: prostitution) than men, are raped more often, etc. The way a society views sex and the participants of sexual activity has impacts across the board.

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