Debate on Porn

Sorry for the late post. I had a hard time figuring out how to publish this. Not so web savvy here. Just opinionated 🙂 Now, to the business at hand …

Tuesday April 3rd was a busy day for Boston. By the time the evening news aired, most Bostonians knew about the biggest event: The Debate on Pornography. Susan Cole, feminist author and representing the anti-porn side debated with porn advocate Ron Jeremy, porn star, reality TV figure, and former special education teacher. (Yeah, dude has two bachelor’s degrees and a master in special ed.)

It was an interesting event for the student body to sponsor, given the stereotype of the college as a ultra-feminist undergraduate university — and you can be sure the media was all over it! Standing in line before the event, the local media swarmed the students, asking what they thought of the event. Most women answered that they were curious to hear what Jeremy had to say, and what Cole would bring to the debate. Realizing there were no seething, angry feminazis in the line, the media started combing the crowd asking if there WAS anyone who didn’t want Jeremy there. Pretty funny (and surprising) that they got no response. Perhaps it’s because those who chose to protest were organizing inside the Main College Building, and a whopping 5 people showed up to boycott the event. Yeah, that was really well planned.

The other really surprising thing was how receptive the Simmons Women were of Jeremy. The Hedgehog was eloquent, witty, honest and had a stack of articles and scientific studies and reports to back up every argument he made in favor of the porn industry. Cole on the other hand was confusing, contradictory and emotional. She made statements like, “I’m not anti-porn, but porn is bad and should not be made.” Most of the questions the students asked after were clarification questions regarding Cole position on porn. I was also struck by her stereotype of Simmons Women. She came into the debate positive she was going to have an empathetic audience and I think she was surprised to find more women supported Jeremy. I’ll go out on a limb here, but I think the issue is that Cole’s version of feminism is the feminism from the 1960s and 70s when she began her crusade against porn. The Simmons Women who were at the debate were feminists of the 21st century, which is an entirely different type of feminism with different ideals, values and goals.

 

What did Cole and Jeremy agree on? Sex education and masturbation.

 

… and on that note, I’ll sign off and leave you with my favorite quote from the evening:

 

“The only different between hardcore porn and erotica is the lighting.” –Ron Jeremy

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One thought on “Debate on Porn

  1. I still think it’s funny that Channel 7 found some protesters outside, but all but one of them were holding their signs over their faces, and would not take them down. That’s not going to help you make your point . . . maybe they thought they’d have more support among the student body, and then felt conspicuous. Who knows.

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