Monday, October 06, 2008


Therefore, Jensen's argument that "the" feminist critique automatically rejects pornography is inaccurate.

Interestingly, Jensen generalized pornography in the same manner of the anti-pornography feminists, citing extreme examples of violent, degrading scenes as the norm. When Dr. Comella suggested that Jensen's perspective was oversimplified, he responded that he acknowledged the situation was complex, but was simply "looking for patterns."

Perhaps it's easy to find patterns when you're looking for them, especially when you have preconceived ideas about your research subject before studying it.

It would be fair for Jensen to say that a violent and degrading nature was true of some porn, yet he actively resisted admitting that this was not always the case.

Additionally, Jensen said that he talked to male producers and consumers of pornography, but few women. In fact, he only mentioned speaking to one woman, Camille Paglia, who is a feminist supporter of pornography.

I'm not sure how he reconciled her perspective on pornography with his "feminist critique" because he didn't elaborate, but it probably had something to do with finding patterns.

Jensen did not say that he interviewed any of the women who performed in porn, yet felt very comfortable assuming that they were degraded.

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