SB: You have a new book out called Pornography, and it's part of a learning series for young adults to grapple with issues of the day, but it's a good primer for anyone who might want to look at some of the basic arguments about porn. And what amazes me is, when it comes to the huge majority of porn that is produced and consumed, it is the same banal sucking and fucking over and over and over again that dominates the market.
DN: I think the stories that you hear in the media, the gloom-and-doom, scary stories about the bukkake and the donkeys - that's all coming from the so-called clinical samples. That's coming from the people that are in therapy because they consider themselves to be porn addicts, and they've spent all their time finding the weirder and weirder stuff. That's the story, right? "I lost control of it. I wanted to see weirder and weirder and weirder stuff." And that's the porn consumer in the popular imagination now.
SB: I totally reject the notion that that's the cycle. Most people don't sit around with their porn having to have more and more and more extreme...
DN: No, but that's the clinical tale. That's the tale that the media likes, because it's the scary tale.
SB: Well, it's funny you should call it "clinical." Because it's not even accepted by most of the psychiatric profession. There is no such thing as porn addiction in the DSM manual.
DN: I know. And if you look in my book, you'll see that I debunk that. But that's the story the mass media likes to tell. That's what they hang the problem on - the weirdo stuff.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Susie Bright interviews Debbie Nathan
Another must-read: Susie Bright interviews Debbie Nathan, author of Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt and Pornography. It's long but it really is worth it to read the whole thing. Here's an excerpt: