Student Michael Strickland reading popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Student Michael Strickland reading popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Allan Reinikka

50 shades of double standard porn

SO I'M sitting on a plane, and the women either side of me are lost in Twilight fan fiction, their faces covered with fifty shades of achromatic colour.

Now I couldn't help but wonder, what would happen if I pulled out a Hustler?

I have read Fifty Shades, I enjoyed Fifty Shades and it could be because reading my pornography made me feel proper, sophisticated, or timely even.

However it cannot be denied, Fifty Shades is porn. But it is not new - women have been funding erotic novelists forever, the way men have been funding the porn industry forever, which now makes as much as $3.9 billion annually.

Now there is nothing wrong with reading erotica, or porn for short, but I believe there is something wrong with Fifty Shades being okay to read if looking at pretty girls on paper is frowned upon.

It can be said that porn magazines or videos are more graphic which makes it too easy for people to wield their misplaced sense of self-righteousness when discussing porn.

For me this is just plain confusing, the classification act (circa 1995) covers many topics but also places different pornography into one of two categories, aptly named Category One and Two.

I'll spare the details, but each state and territory is responsible for the distribution and classification of porn. This results in censorship as Category One and Two age-restricted publications are prohibited Queensland porn distributors.

Publications found in these categories are placed there because they show "too much".

This is stupid, because when someone opens up one of these "publications" their mind is then flooded with vivid images of an explicit nature.

When someone opens up Fifty Shades their mind is then flooded with vivid images of an explicit nature.

Whether you read something or look at something you come to the same ends regardless of the means.

If I look at a naked girl then it will be in my head, if I read about a naked girl the exact same thing will be in my head, so what is the difference?

Like I said earlier, I actually enjoyed the book, but this double standard is just utter stupidity.

For years conventional porn has had this negative stigma, so much so that it is often referred to as "adult entertainment".

I don't mean to pick on Fifty Shades, it is just a point of reference, but it is the same thing.

According to dictionary.com, pornography is defined as obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, especially those having little or no artistic merit.

The same source defines erotica as literature or art dealing with sexual love.

Fifty Shades is the story of a girl who has fallen for a charming, rich, handsome sexual deviant and then strings together a variety of sexual liaisons all the while juggling multiple themes, such a love.

But this book does not sell because of the love story; you can pick up any book and read about love. People like this book because of the sex, which is why people enjoy porn.

Pornographers have often produced laboured plot lines that feign some kind of story to add to porn, but people wouldn't watch it without the porn, just like people wouldn't read Fifty Shades without the porn.

I like that Fifty Shades has empowered women to embrace their sexual destinies and so on, but this should most definitely allow some to see porn in a more positive light.

There is a cultural bias towards the written word which some argue is going out of fashion, and because of this there is a prestige that goes with reading something as opposed to watching something.

One requires more thought when reading, being that it is more time-consuming, challenging and you can't just switch off.

There is no prestige when it comes to porn - it's easy, quick and somewhat mindless compared to reading.

Now I'm not saying it is fine to whip out your porn stash whenever you please, but when it comes to Fifty Shades and Hustler it is very much same suit, different colour.

So, what would happen if I pulled out a Hustler in public?



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