Women Make Porn Fashionable

Ph.D. Patrick Wanis wrote this piece on how women have made porn fashionable.

Wanis says that porn has become an aspirational target for young women in our society.

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian became famous and rich for making a sex tape, and they spun off empires of TV shows, fashion lines, perfumes and paid appearances. The message is: one leads to the other. But it is women who made Kardashian famous. And it is women who have become the fans and consumers of everything Kardashian and books such as Fifty Shades of Grey.

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In a sense, women are the demographic that decides how mainstream porn can be. Men are into it in large part.  Many women are still opposed to it for a variety of reasons:   it objectifies women; it robs them of their dignity; and it is a consumer good that thrives on mistreating women.

But when women become consumers of porn themselves — and in some cases, the producers of porn — the relationship between porn and mainstream culture changes.

Wanis says:

Porn could never have become mainstream and socially acceptable without the support and endorsement by women. In human behavior, we call this ‘the law of frequency’ — the more often two things are linked, the more powerful that association becomes until they become inseparable. And women and the media have linked consuming porn or behaving like a porn actress with instant money, fame, power, glamour, prestige, respectability and social acceptability. In other words, if you become a porn actress or behave like one, you will triumph with all of these things.

This law of frequency is becoming, well, more frequent. The most recent version of it is the 50 Shades phenomenon, in which soccer moms, single women and even grandmothers — liberal and conservative — unblushingly talk about reading the books and enjoying them.  That women of all ages like sex is not strange nor is it a concern. That they are reading and promoting something called “Mommy Porn,” which — based on descriptions in various media outlets — sounds like Penthouse Forum, is.

Again, Wanis writes:

The paradox is that women are becoming more educated than men as women surpass men in attendance and graduation rates – for every two men who get a college degree, three women will do also. But, women are failing to realize the dangers of falling for porn or promoting porn as the new fashionable profession and path to fame, riches and glory. This is the antithesis of female empowerment as MTV, Kim Kardashian and Octomom are teaching young girls to gain power over men by using sex.

As women become more accepting of, and actually proponents of, porn, there will be no stopping its prevalence in all forms of entertainment.  It will, because that is the nature of pornography, dominate.

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