Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Guest Lecturer: Rollergirl

Great news for 20 students at the University of Iowa...the school will begin offering a class on pornography in the fall. The only catch is that no porn or other explicit material will be watched during class hours. Regardless, the article still included snazzy inuendos like "All 20 student slots have been filled..."

I'll bet even money this causes an enormous uproar in Iowa (before eventually going national) over what taxpayer funds should be used to teach and what they shouldn't be used for. Say what you will, but pornography has had a profound effect on our society and I couldn't agree more with the class' premise.

Some of the effects have been positive, like how porn breaks down sexual barriers and stereotypes and brings people out from under the repression that is their sex lives. But I'll even admit that most have been negative, like the fact that I haven't finished getting a hummer without giving a money shot to the eye in about a decade.

Either way, I've always felt that things like this need to be studied and discussed. The adult entertainment business rakes in about $10-$15 billion a year in the United States, more than any of the major sports leagues. It's not like this is small potatoes. So let's talk about sex and get to the bottom of why even the mere mention of the word "porn" instantly conjures up all kinds of emotions and erections.

15 Comments:

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

I don't want to think about or study porn in any way. No siree. Whenever I "think" about porn, I'm forced to think about the fact that the people in the flick are probably from some recently communist and highly impoverished Eastern European nation where Kelly Clarkson's CD costs like 12 billion kuna or marka and this is the only way they could escape and have some kind of freedom, or something. Which inevitably leads to me shouting goddamit and clicking off the remote. But that's just me. I'd like a little mindlessness with my porn thank you very much.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Interesting analysis...and dynamite drop-in of Kelly Clarkson. I heard she did some anal cameo work back in the early 2000s.

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

anal cameo, ha!

I'm all for studying porn. People are way too uptight about it. It wouldn't make so much damn money if the only people watching it are the ones who admit it.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

I know. But do we really have to study it. I mean some things just are. Like sex = good. Chocolate = good. Do we really need some Dr. Ruth-like professor telling us, "Zee peeple likes zee sex because it is zee fun ya." It's like when they breakdown why we like chocolate by telling us it releases endorphine-like chemicals in the brain... yada yada yada. I'm like... whatever man, pass me the smores.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

I agree with Gypsy in the fact that there is a lot of shit out there being studied that really shouldn't be. The chocolate example is great. It tastes good, that's why people like it. Three quarters of the world's population have never heard of endorphines, but they love having it smeared all over their faces.

Butt, porn is a totally different animal than chocolate and I think it should be studied. The government should support nationwide focus groups. We all know why we like sex, but why do we like watching other people have sex? And, why do we like watch other people have sex with machines, fruit, vegetables, office supplies and in uncomfortable places like the back of a volkswagon? I'm not talking voyeurism here, just the video stuff. Unless you're my next door neighbor, but it isn't my fault your window is low enough to allow me to stand on a box.

Porn is one of those things that no one likes to talk about, but everyone likes to watch. I, for one, love porn of all kinds. And when I say all kinds I mean all mediums like tv, internet, dvd, etc., none of that midget riding goat meets 7 foot Amazon woman, falls in love and penetrates her with his magic wand while wearing a robe and wizard hat.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I knew this post would get a couple funny comments...good stuff, people.

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

if it werent for the miracle of porn, i wouldnt know a girl can take a fully erect horse penis, there is something to be said about that knowledge

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger The Ambiguously Gay Uno said...

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At 6:31 PM, Blogger The Ambiguously Gay Uno said...

Yeah- didn't think that last post was funny. Or at least it didn't come out as funny as it sounded in my head...

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

If there's a porn/sex prof out there reading this, here's a cautionary tale:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/05/18/vibrating_knickers/

Always wear a helmet. Of some sort.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

As a native Iowan, and a former University of Iowa student I can honestly say that the study of pornography on that campus has been going on for quite some time. As most of us who've attended any type of university and experienced that time in our lives when we've recently been freed from the evil grips of those dictators we call parents, we know that this is a time in life where everything is questioned, nothing is really answered, and our ability to drink our weight in alcohal is realized. I'm not a prude, or generally conservative when it comes to social issues, after all I've been living in southern california for the past four years, but I don't think offering a course in pornography is the best of ideas. I'm afraid the only kids that will end up taking the class are already mild sexual deviants, and offering them extensive knowledge on said subject could lead to increasing this deviancy, not curbing it. Knowledge is power, but it becomes destructive and dangerous in the wrong hands.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

GAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA! No seriously. Mild sexual deviancy is destructive and/or dangerous???

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger John Howard said...

Yeah, I agree with Gypsy, what's wrong with sexual deviancy?

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

This country was founded on sexual deviancy. The Puritans were fucking nuts. Roger Williams, that guy used to bang horses. Rhode Island's original state motto was "Where the horses love to be banged by guys in tall hats."

 
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