This from the Boston University school indie paper The Daily Free Press, via Porn Newz:
I guess that we should be grateful that the sponsors of this "debate" actually allowed an former adult star to give the contrarian view that adult performers actually might be fully formed human beings capable of their own free will...but that doesn't excuse the fact that the sponsors get free reign to continuously malign and distort actual performers.
Boston University students piled into the Photonics Center on Monday to view a documentary about sexual activity and aggression seen in pornography.
Students watched the documentary “The Price of Pleasure,” directed by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun, and discussed women’s rights in today’s society.
The Women’s Resource Center organized the screening in an effort to help educate students about how women’s rights are violated by some mainstream adult film industries.
The documentary delves deeper into the media’s supposed justification of pornography.
According to the film, the media feels it is appropriate to film and distribute porn because the girls are paid to be objectified. In reality, the film argues the girls are not the ones profiting from being filmed – the producers and major corporations receive the majority of the profit. The film says the adult film industry makes from $10 to 14 billion per year in gross sales.
The documentary argues that as the industry expands, so does its social acceptance.
Whether it is right or wrong for individuals to create porn, both men and women are starting to feel the pressure of the porn industry in their everyday lives, the film says.
The film also highlights negative aspects of the porn industry, such as allegedly blatant racism and abuse of ethnic groups seen in certain films.
Out of a list of randomly selected popularly rented porn titles, 82.2 percent of them were found to contain physical aggression, according to the documentary.
Following the film screening, former adult film star and current dominatrix Princess Kali came to the stage to answer questions about her career in the porn industry.
Kali shared her views on how women in the porn industry are no different from many other careers in today’s society.
“People say women treat their body as a commodity,” she said. “How is that any much different than a football player?”
Event attendee and College of General Studies sophomore Ariana Katz said she thought the documentary was informative but not surprising.
“I’m not really shocked,” she said. “The themes from porn come from people’s interactions with each other.”
College of Arts and Sciences senior and discussion panelist Emily Partridge said the adult film dilemma is key to women’s rights.
“There does need to be a line drawn so that men don’t think it’s normal,” she said.
Memo to the Women's Resource Center at BU: how about inviting some actual porn performers there to defend their own experiences?? Or, actual male consumers who don't fall into the predetermined trap of Bob the Guilttripper's memes of compulsive masturbators who only want to rape women??
And this "need to be a line drawn so that men don't think it's normal" meme....I suppose that Ms. Partridge would allow antigay fundamentalist activists to say the same thing about lesbianism amongst girls?? Or....homosexuality?? Or, even, reproductive rights??
I wonder....does BU have a civil libertarians office there??