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Porn: harmless entertainment or harmful to women?
Porn: harmless entertainment or harmful to women?

Postscript to porn interviews

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 …  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.  There may be a place for "erotica" which is sexually explicit material of a non-exploitive, nonviolent, loving nature.

Talkbacks

FunkyBrewster | March 19, 2009 at 11:29 a.m. (report)

34698 Vikings must have seen Jack's POV 13

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sandstorm | March 17, 2009 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

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.

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gmwrobel | March 17, 2009 at 9:42 a.m. (report)

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.

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sandstorm | March 16, 2009 at 2:23 p.m. (report)

sure newguy.
stupid men think that way.
the majority of men, however, do not.

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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.

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