Those who think the sex industry celebrates women’s choices and empowerment should consider the attitudes of many of the participants. Even if stripping makes some women feel personally empowered, they need to consider how they are part of a machine that disempowers women generally. The effects of adult entertainment don’t stop at the strip club door or the end of the porn shoot.
On June 24, the Strip Poker Men’s Club [explicit link] straight-out blamed women’s lib for men’s going to strip clubs. We quote:
Man’s Perfect Excuse for Visiting Strip Clubs
…Over the past 30 years women have encroached on just about every professional field that was considered previously a mans domain. In past times man used to be able to come home to a lovely, devoted and sweet wife that looked after his needs, realizing that the man earned the crust, and was laboring tirelessly 6 days per week. He returned home from a hard days work, his food was on the table, the house clean, the children patiently and obediently waiting his return and swept off to bed in the early hours of the evening, allowing the man to enjoy some of the remaining moonlight hours with his indulging wife.
But something changed…
Women became tired of waiting at home, cleaning the baby’s nappies and ironing her husband’s clothes day-in and day-out, and for young women joining the workforce in the mid 1980’s their course had already been set, they were determined not to tread in the same steps as their battling mums had done before them.
Men lost all control, and life, as we knew it; was under-going an irreversible change.
These days for men that are married, come home to an un-kept and generally empty home, their wife or partner is also out at work and often returns home later than the average male, pursues the corporate ladder and excuse the pun, like a bitch on heat. The male picks up the children from day-care, cooks the meal, does the laundry and patiently waits for his partner to return and in some sick twist of fate still somehow falls into to some outdated statistical category that says that men still do little around the home!
Well it didn’t take long for men (married, single or repeatedly divorced) to realize that they now truly are holding the short end of the stick.
What was man going to do?
There is something about the atmosphere of a Strip Club, the way in which women strut their stuff on stage and not breaking eye contact is almost an animalistic approach that not only attracts men sexually but because of the eye contact that most women have mastered to enable to do their job well, it seems to offer men what they are so desperately in need off and they haven’t been able to get from today’s modern woman, “attention”…
So there you have it, no need to feel guilty, it’s one of life’s small escapes, the last bastion of the male domain, enjoy it!
As Andrew Sullivan notes, there are valid reasons why some men feel dissatisfied with today’s society. Adult entertainment, however, is a poor way to respond to this, is a distraction from seeking better solutions, and creates new problems.
Sullivan: [A]s our economy becomes less physical and more cerebral, as women
slowly supplant men in many industries, as income inequalities grow and
more highly testosteroned blue-collar men find themselves shunted to
one side, we will have to find new ways of channeling what nature has
bequeathed us. I don’t think it’s an accident that in the last decade
there has been a growing focus on a muscular male physique in our
popular culture, a boom in crass men’s magazines, an explosion in
violent computer games or a professional wrestler who has become
governor. These are indications of a cultural displacement, of a world
in which the power of testosterone is ignored or attacked, with the
result that it re-emerges in cruder and less social forms. Our main
task in the gender wars of the new century may not be how to bring
women fully into our society, but how to keep men from seceding from
it, how to reroute testosterone for constructive ends, rather than
ignore it for political point-making.
Free Book Download: Diana Russell’s Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm (explicit)
…Playboy owner Hugh Hefner has been quoted as
saying to his staff: “These chicks are our natural enemy… It is time
we do battle with them… What I want is a devastating piece that takes
the militant feminists apart.”
Abuse and Threats Drive Women Out of Online Participation (explicit language)
Hustler: “There are those who say illogic is the native tongue of
anything with tits…(women) speak not from the heart but from the
gash, and chances are that at least once a month your chick will stop
you dead in your tracks with a masterpiece of cunt rhetoric…the one
surefire way to stop those feminine lips from driving you crazy is to
put something between them–like your cock, for instance.”
Sample Hustler cartoon:
A man watches TV while a woman looks on. On the wall, there’s a
baseball bat in a case with this sign: “In case the bitch gets mouthy,
Sample Hustler cartoon:
The police are called to a home with domestic violence. On the wall are
portraits showing women in bandages and smiling men. One cop says,
“Yep, it looks like another family with a history of wife abuse.”
Now on Sale at Amazing.net (explicit language)
Monique on the Sly
You never know who your friends
really are until you’re at a big horny no-holes-barred birthday party
with them. First come the hors d’ouevres then come the whores.
Use Em’ Abuse Em’ and Lose Em’ #9
Ride along as we pick up ordinary young women fuck’em senseless and dump’em! It’s all good clean fun!
Gail Dines Presents: Pornography and Pop Culture (explicit)
41min:26sec – Porn shows extreme disrepect for women; racist
In pornography, women are
- cum dumpsters
- slut sandwiches
- wet cunts
- fresh teen ass
- horny old broads
- hot slits
- slanteyed sluts
- naughty schoolgirls
- tight pink pussies
- stupid hoes
- naughty nymphos
- big booty ghetto girls
- drunk bar sluts
- pathetic bitches
- little hoochies
- squirting skanks
- kung pao pussies
in Minneapolis: “Pornography is probably the most extreme example of
anti-women socialization that men receive in this society”
If you look at a lot of pornography, it shows women being beaten,
humiliated, tied up. It shows women tied and stabbed, poked, prodded
and abused by devices, assaulted by several men or animals, and many
ugly and degrading things. When you see a woman being battered, you see
a lot of the same ugliness and violence at the same time. Not only do
they portray women as liking and deserving this sexual abuse, it shows
them as enjoying it, deserving it…
The Psychology of Porn for Men
Bill Margold, one of the industry’s longest-serving film performers,
was interviewed in 1991 by psychoanalyst Robert Stoller for his book Porn: Myths For The Twentieth Century.
Margold made no attempt to gloss over the realities. “My whole reason
for being in this industry is to satisfy the desire of the men in the
world who basically don’t care much for women and want to see the men
in my industry getting even with the women they couldn’t have when they
were growing up. So we come on a woman’s face or brutalise her
sexually: we’re getting even for lost dreams…”