Margaret Atwood on Pornography.
Explicit; something graphic in sexual detail, very insightful in what’s going on in the two individual
minds while having sex.
What is pornography? Polysemy’s: many meanings
Different strokes for different fokes
Davis explicit; graphic in sexual detail insightful ; idiosyncratic.
Some people think of individuals in bathing suits
Lingerie Sears Christmas wish book, victoria secret (Over the top photos who describe
pornography in these ways)
Some people think porn is Referring to violence and brutal sex.
If u see this kind of activity it will lead you to do it. (Pornography)
Definitions of porn can be pulls apart, just like north and south pole.
Juhovanist view: no bare skin, no sex. Ultra conservative position…
Some people think Pornography : violent aggressive burtal sex, cause and bread more and
more violence. (Monkey see monkey do)
Hustler cover (1978)
“we will no longer hang women up like a piece of meat”Larry Flynt
just sex pure and simple, no graphic presentation of violence.
Porn defined as erotica: materials whether verbal or visual that depict sex explicitly often very
explicitly but at the same time they do no depict violence or aggression at least they don’t do so
overtly. And therefore this cap would argue that sexual materials of pornography of this ilk do not
insight violence or aggressive behavior because its just sex plan and simple.
“Vanilla flavored pornography” (soft porn) “gonzal pornography “(Kinky)
“Not a love story” (1981)
“ A feature length documentary about the nature of pornography, from the point of view of
women who view it….” Newyork city, brutal and aggressive kind of porn. Atwood ask for something no so brutal
and aggressive, yet the video shown is just as brutal and aggressive as the other films.
apposed to censorship…
*Atwood says all these folks who are in favor of sensory ship of porn tend to make strange bed
Snuff films; disemboweling of rape victim’s, Atwood watched outtakes of film meet hooks in
Opposed to censorship; believe in free speech.
All folks who believe in free speech they also tend to make strange bed fellows, they include in all
their ranks all sleeping in the same bed. Liberal, activists and your average red neck. Red neck:
man who thinks his home is his castle more likely to have a dungeon in his home where his wife
Todays Porn as a sign?
Atwood wonders if todays pornography is simply a indication of something else which is
even more basic and fundamental. (a sign)
1) Claimed as; extension of the hatred for the body and the senses and the passions and
the general hatred of the flesh.
2) Pornography today isn’t really their as a turn on Atwood thinks its a Alturas sexual
conservative ploe to turn us against sex. (Make us think sex is gross and degrading thoroughly
degrading ) only for reproduction use.
3) Atwood claimed pornography goes against the whole Feminist outlook
4) Paper tigers; men incapable of dealing with real tigers (women) so they go for unrealistic
women seen in porn(paper tigers)
5) todays porn advertising and success story, porn like a buck a bottle of beer, found on
economic and supply and demand. So much porn out there today, there is a general need and
demand for it. Porn has been supplied to fulfill the demand of kinky, aggressive sex.
6) With porn men are aloud to put women back in their place, as women now are popping
up in society. (do in fantasy which they cant do in reality)
7) Don’t forget the whip: Men need whips and ropes, to control women and dominate, the
men feel the need to keep control or the fear is that women will take control/charge. (50 shades of
grade; contract )
8) women who are portrayed/depicted/represented in pornography whether in literature or
film. The usual suspects are basically tramps, bimbos, and lollipop lickers (underage types),
secretary, and your basic dumb blonde. The women in porn are just stereotypical sluts. Classified
on porn site; Categories on porn sites.
Conclusion: Cannot think seriously about porn or about the question of the sensory ship of
pornography, simply a form of adult entertainment. Packaged and format, as if it were nothing but
holism entertainment. All be able to have fun in our own way, and as mature adults we should be
able to do what we want as long as it does no harm to others. Atwood’s: review’s 3 different models to understand pornography.
When she uses the 3 different model; violent, brutal and aggressive kind of pornography.
Porn can and