women and pornography

A Women’s View on The Positive Benefits Of Pornography.



While there are many women who oppose pornography because they think it
degrades and demeans women, I believe that there are many women who approve of
pornography due to the many positive benefits it has for them such as providing
sexual curiosity opportunities and improving couples sexual relationships.

In this paper I am going to discuss how women benefit from pornography
through satisfying their sexual curiosity and how pornography can help stimulate
a sexual relationship. I want you to be prepared because some of this material
may be a little sensitive in some areas due to the descriptions that I use.

You would think that defining a word such as pornography would be a simple
task, but it is not. There were a number of sources that I found in which they
defined the word pornography as some sort of violent and unjustified sexually
explicit material. This was generally the case whenever I found an article that
was against pornography. I also came across meanings that were not quite as
harsh as that definition, it basically indicated that pornography was the use of
sexually explicit material. Unfortunately, there is no universal definition for
the word pornography because everyone has there own ideas in their head of what
they think it means. For the purpose of this paper we will use the definition
that is stated in the New Lexicon Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the New
English Language, it defines pornography as

“Obscene literature, photographs, paintings, etc., intended to cause sexual
excitement”(1992).

I want you to keep in mind that the word “obscene” is a descriptive word
that is also defined by each individual differently.

This paper as you might have guess is on a very sensitive and controversial
topic that some might find hard to deal with, but I found it very useful. It
allowed me a vast array of topics to choose from, not to mention some very
interesting reading. As I sat back and tried to decide what to research, I went
through several options. I am a big fan of freedom of speech, which is one of
the biggest issues in pornography today, but this issue is overly discussed. The
same thing with child pornography, I agree that this is a big problem also, but
I wanted something deeper. Finally it came to me, I am a viewer of porn
(pornography for short) materials and I completely support the use of it, but do
other women enjoy and benefit from pornography like I do? At first thought you
might want to say to yourself could a women possibly enjoy watching a women give
oral sex to a married man or is there really benefits of seeing a man ejaculate
on the breast of other women. In my research I found that there are plenty of
women who do enjoy and even benefit from pornography.

A big question that I ran across was not necessarily if women like
pornography, but how many like it. Dr. Wendy Stock of the Pacific Graduate
School in Palo Alto conducted a study on undergraduate women. Stock wanted to
find out how women felt when they watched pornographic material, the responses
varied “ 66% of the women…came away “curious” about pornography, 46%
said that they were amused by it, and 33%…were intrigued”(1994). Seeing that
curiosity was at 66% it made me want to dig deeper and find out what could be so
curios about this. I know from a personal point of view that when I first viewed
pornographic material I was curious as to what it might be about, but I have
found in my research that the curiosity goes beyond this, leading to both
emotional and personal pleasure. Wendy McElroy former president of the Feminist
for Free Expression contends “pornography is a great leveler of shame”(1995)
and I agree. I think that there are so many things that women get so sexually
upset about. Nadine Strossen, a law professor at New York Law School, agrees
that using masturbation is deemed wrong in today’s society. Strossen says “there
are so many women who need [pornography]…lets think about women who’s
husbands are on a business trip, lonely women, even widowed women. For them to
see other women, even an actresses, bringing sexual pleasure to herself helps to
ease the shame of wanting to fill the desired need she was to touch her own body
sexually, in the safety of her own home”(1995). What about the emotional
aspect of pornography, emotions go extremely deep in people. To be able