March may be cold, but it's hot and heavy here at OnMilwaukee.com as we celebrate our first-ever Sex Week. We're taking a mature look at local video and sex toy shops, area strip clubs, sexy Milwaukee events -- and even some connections between Brew City and Playboy magazine. It's serious, responsible, adult-themed content -- but don't worry, parents, we'll keep it PG-13 in case junior stumbles upon these stories as OnMilwaukee.com turns a pale shade of blue for seven days.
As you probably gleaned by now, this past week was Sex Week on OnMilwaukee.com, and we published an array of articles including interviews with local women working in the adult entertainment industry. The interviews are, hopefully, provocative and entertaining, and above all, non-judgmental.
But Dr. Sara Johann, who sent me a couple of e-mails during Sex Week, believes pornorgraphy is detrimental.
Johann is the author of "Sourcebook on Pornography," and she believes exposure to porn can lead to rape, abuse and domestic violence. Johann has appeared on "Sally Jessy Raphael" as an expert, testified in a death penalty case and taught abuse clinics around the country.
I asked Johann three questions about the porn industry, and here are her responses:
OnMilwaukee.com: In your opinion, how does porn lead to violence and domestic abuse?
Sara Johann: My book cites hundreds of examples. (Make) a quick call to the Milwaukee Police Department sex crimes unit and ask the question of how often pornography is found to be involved in rape and molestation cases might also help you (understand) this issue.
OMC: What is porn?
SJ: I spent large portions of the five years of research and writing my book, as well as a year working on proposed laws on that topic as an attorney working for the Wisconsin Legislature and finally came up with a very detailed definition of pornography in my book â€¦Â Pornography is a hate crime which primarily targets women for abuse and hatred.
OMC: Is there a place for porn?
SJ: No, there is no place for porn.Â There may be a place for "erotica" which is sexually explicit material of a non-exploitive, nonviolent, loving nature.
ummm...i have wrobel.
today's generation kids are miles smarter than the last generation and sex eduation is a lot more prevelant today.
i would say a ton more kids in the 80s and 90s believed sex came without consequences.
anyone with a half a brain, no matter the age (well, aprox 16 and up anyway), thinks porn is anywhere close to reality.
I have to agree with newguy to an extent. the younger generations see things that way. they can sleep with whoever they want without settling down and without consequences. and they think all the "good" girls act like porn stars when in reality it's the opposite. yes, every woman has that side of her but any self respecting woman would keep it private for her partner, not flaunt it for the world just to get some attention. the older, more mature, generations of men don't look at porn the same way. once they've had their wild side burned out, they look for more than big fake boobs and very little clothing. so before you go ripping on stupid vs smart men, consider the ages of who you're talking about.
stupid men think that way.
the majority of men, however, do not.
newguy | March 16, 2009 at 9:41 a.m. (report)
One has to wonder why the "milwaukee" porn stars and strippers get all the articles, yet the opposing view gets three questions.
Years ago, I worked at an adult video store, and I have see many problems. I think that most relate to porn creating unrealistic expectations.
A lot will say, "that is the nature of fantasy. every work of fiction could be considered an unrealistic expectation", and I would agree. But the porn industry does not portray itself as such. They portray themselves as completely normal, and an everyday way of life.
And further, the industry portrays particularly degrading acts as completely normal. What kind of pressure does that put on a relationship?
I have talked to customers, back when I worked in that store, who are angry or disappointed, and definately sexually frustrated. Some of these people would scare me, particularly with their intensity. I felt certain that I would see some of these guys on the news someday for raping or assaulting someone.
Porn tells men (who ARE the primary customers) that women should look this way, and should do these things, normally, everyday, and if they don't, there is something wrong.
5 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published May 30, 2016
It had been a few years since we dropped by Kegel's Inn, so we decided to stop in for the famous fish fry. Once again, we were not disappointed with the fare or the space, which has housed a German bar and restaurant since 1924.
Published May 27, 2016
According to a source, Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Ave., closed last night and once word spread through social media, so many customers showed up it turned into a "borderline block party."
Published May 27, 2016
My family and I decided to head to Schaumburg, Ill., this past weekend to visit Medieval Times, one of nine locations in the chain, to find out - among other things - what would happen if we asked for a fork. Turns out, 'twas a beauteous adventure and better food experience than expected.
Published May 25, 2016
Today on FOX's "Studio A," OnMilwaukee's Molly Snyder reads host Bryan Kramp's tarot cards. Tune in to find out if he got the Devil card or not. In the meantime, read about the local tarot scene from Jen CintrÃ³n and Theresa Reed, aka The Tarot Lady.
Published May 23, 2016
Reinventing ourselves takes a lot of guts, something all five of these women - who switched careers at the age of 40 or older - have plenty of. Some left the corporate world, some joined it, but all of them share one thing in common: they are now closer to their True Norths.
Published May 20, 2016
Paul Hepp will launch his new brewery-and history-tours-by-bus business that's simply called Fun Beer Tours on Friday, May 20. Hepp says Fun Beer Tours is a mix of his two passions: craft beer and local brewery history.
Published May 19, 2016
It was a rollicking soft opening tonight at Urban Bay View, 2301 S. Logan St., the second business venture of Paul Jonas, who also owns Tonic Tavern, and is managed by longtime Tonic bartender and bellweather of the service industry, Paul "PK" Kennedy.
Published May 18, 2016
Harley-Davidson launched a new concept in Milwaukee, Portland and Los Angeles today: a pop-up bike share that gives riders the chance to test out the new Dark Custom Harley-Davidson Roadster. In Milwaukee, the pop-up popped up in the Third Ward on Broadway.
Published May 18, 2016
Josh Silberman, who grew up on Milwaukee's North Shore, knew at a young age that he wanted to have a career in film and television in Los Angeles. He was partially inspired by his cousin, the great Gene Wilder, and partly by his own love of adventure and travel.
Published May 17, 2016
In late May, Sprecher Brewing Company will introduce three new "hard sodas": Hard Cherry Cola, Hard Orange Cream and Hard Cola. The local brewery already offers Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Ale and Hard Apple Pie.