Binik, the study's author, said he didn't actually show that women like pornography — just that their bodies react to it.
Nor does the study, as represented in the article, appear to show that women don't like pornography. As some women clearly DO like pornography (unless you take the view that they're delusional, liars, or stupid, all of which are pretty insulting) I'd have to say... um, and?
One thing that really boggles me about those studies: a lot of them seem to be producing results on 'who responds to pron in public/ in a clinical environment'. Cause I don't think I could really enjoy myself with a bunch of men in lab coats watching...
I may be shallow, and I am, but I really wanted visuals for this.
Cool. Genuine insight. Things I'd never thought about before, from people with different brains than mine.
Well, I had to give something back for the half hour I spent at the MsNaughty blog this afternoon going, "Yes, goddammit, that's what I was trying to say".
Here's a blog I wrote last year on gay pr0n and women. The first comment is from a good friend of mine who writes literal tonnes of slash. Part of the comment goes like this:
mainstream porn has never been about the connection between the individuals within the piece it's about the connection between the the actors and the voyeur. They're performing for someone. With some gay porn it's about the act itself, it's about the connection between two people, and the voyeur isn't acknowledged.
There are probably heaps of by-women-for-women erotica blogs....I don't know what women might want to look at. Probably not recontextualised gay porn, though.
And then there's the slightly odd phenomenon of slashfic (gay male pr0n lit), the vast majority of which is written by women. I can testify from my personal acquaintance that there are women who really like reading, writing and looking at gay male pr0n.
Few of the landmark shops/businesses are left... Mr Smiles, Mr Munch Scoop 'N Save, the Comic Shop, 4 book shops, the electical repair shop, Silvios Records, the Market, the Recording Studios to name but a few.
It's not just the rents, either. I know one of those bookshops (and the delightful people living in the upstairs flat) moved because the building turned out to be a hideous earthquake hazard. It can't be the only one.
I don't know if they were Engineering students, but those riotus folk down Dunedin at weekend were definitely doing the Haka.
Was after the Undie 500, which is run by ENSOC. That doesn't mean that all or even most of the people involved were engineering students, but there's a definite association. When I was at uni, back before the invention of fire, we used 'engineer' to refer to a particular behaviour, not a degree choice.
What proportion of transactions involve male escorts sleeping with women though?
Okay, I'm now doing what I've been trying to avoid and theorising about an industry I have no experience of, but I would think 'more since Viagra'. Previously, biology would handicap men working as prostitutes for women (ie as penetrative partners, rather than rent boys as receptive partners) because they'd need to be aroused to have sex.
As for modern music - it doesn't float my boat in any case, so I have no opinion about it. I'm more of a jazz, classical and opera woman. Each to their own.
A little Anna Netrebko always brightens my day.
I hear you, Emma, but in my case it took no time at all for me to figure it out. I love the woman, but why would you tell a 14 yr old "If you were skinny, I'd buy you any clothes you liked." Luckily, I was far too in love with myself to let stuff like that sink in too far. It irks her greatly...
*weeps* Man, my mother was a great deal more subtle than that (are you sure you want to eat/buy/wear that?) but yeah, she still can't quite get over the fact that I'm comfortable how I am, and that I've been comfortable ten kilos heavier, and uncomfortable ten kilos lighter. (Extended illness, she thought I looked great.)
But if it's our mothers who screw us up, that makes it really easy to put right for our daughters. That's why, while I understand social conditioning as a reason, I'm reluctant to accept it as an excuse. There's only one other comment on my body that sticks in my mind from my teenage years, and that was my bio teacher pointing me out in class as someone well designed to survive an ice age. Thanks, dude.