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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Real naked women are just bad porn
Tom Smith

I think there is something to this.  But I admit I really don't know.  I just discovered Amazon has a whole, huge section called 'sexual health' with all kinds of, uh, things, the very function of which is far from obvious, even upon reading the explanation.  Comfort, OK, I get that, but comfort doing what?  Versatility, OK, but allowing what?  So I cannot hold myself out as an expert.  Porn obviously does increase sexual desire sometimes, and probably sometimes in ways that are good.  But I have no trouble believing too much of it and/or of the wrong kind could really be bad for one's sexual development and fulfillment.  All this in part because I'm pondering whether to install Netnanny on the home computers on the off chance teenage boys might conceivably use them to view porn.  It seems to work, but is a pain in some respects.

It's also interesting to read the piece linked to above from the viewpoint of supply and demand.  Wolf is pretty explicit about the notion that one thing porn does is increase the supply and therefore reduce the price of the erotic goods that women can offer men.  In a sense, it is all about enforcing or not a kind of sexual cartel, similar to the prohibition on prostitution.  

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"There were more young men who wanted to be with naked women than there were naked women on the market. If there was nothing actively alarming about you, you could get a pretty enthusiastic response by just showing up. Your boyfriend may have seen Playboy, but hey, you could move, you were warm, you were real."

That is pretty funny. It was true.

Posted by: pchuck | May 6, 2010 1:21:21 PM

Tom, I'd like a sexual cartel enforced on me. How can I make that happen?

Posted by: torreysurfer | May 6, 2010 1:51:29 PM

It's too late for you.

Posted by: Tom Smith | May 6, 2010 3:38:17 PM

What kind of world do we live in when real, live naked girls are not cool anymore?


Posted by: JMS | May 6, 2010 3:45:59 PM

Naomi Wolf used to be very, very desirable, but of course, as all of us age, men become less attracted to us. Expect a lot more articles of this sort searching for what in the modern world has suddenly made men not so into sex any more.

Posted by: David T | May 6, 2010 7:06:15 PM

+1 David T.

Wolf at 40 is discovering how the world works. Most of us learn this earlier in life, but people who ignore experience in favor of ideological explanations for human behavior are sometimes slow to catch on. Attractive feminists tend to be in this category. Didn't Germaine Greer say that until she reached middle age she assumed that men would always stare at her?

One of the benefits of being an ordinary-looking male is that you grow accustomed to social invisibility from a relatively early age, so there isn't a big letdown when you become older.

Posted by: Jonathan | May 6, 2010 9:50:57 PM

JMS wrote: What kind of world do we live in when real, live naked girls are not cool anymore?

No doubt. In my opinion, it is one of the coolest things in the world. That is why most males went to college.

Posted by: pchuck | May 7, 2010 7:12:25 AM

A couple of points:

1. Andrea Dworkin died in 2005. Either this is an old article or poor Naomi Wolf has begun hallucinating.

2. I agree about the dangers of pornography. But I'm not so sure that traditional religious couples have it much better. There have been a series of reports of abusive behavior in orthodox communities in Israel and elsewhere.

3. I find the food analogy interesting. Sure processed foods make it hard for fresh food to compete. But they've also provoked a reaction and an increased demand for the "real thing"--why not in sex?

Food for thought (or for sex, perhaps)?

Posted by: mike livingston | May 7, 2010 1:12:15 PM

What David T. and Jonathan said. Naomi Wolf is a fool who used to like sleeping around. Now she has discovered that 40 year old women don't get that many offers, and figures that it must be some sort of massive social problem.

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OK, I have to say it.
I have been looking for some mild flesh, of the female type. yes, on line!
I have yet to see one picture of a woman who was actually born female.
where do all these sex change type come from, and where or where can I see female beauty created by God and not a doctor. iuy

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