Tuesday, November 29, 2005

University of Pornsylvania

Right here at Philadelphia's favorite Ivy (you mean it's not a public school?), the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew Rennekamp warns that our cerebral cortices are being subjected to the dishonor of school-sponsored porno:
All Penn students have access to porn. In fact, thanks to Quake, the University's new literary erotica magazine, porn is now both distributed and funded by the University.

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Few recognize that, like heroin, pornography is addictive and has negative consequences. Like a drug, pornography alters the user's perception of reality.

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In reality, [couples] would probably both be better off going into the bedroom ignorant than entering with a distorted and narrowly defined porno-view of sex. As I'm sure even the editors of Quake would agree, social impairment, desensitization and narrow-mindedness in the bedroom is not a recipe for coital fireworks.

Link. Oh yes there's Trouble, right here at UPenn, with a capital "T" and that rhymes with "P" and that stands for "Porn." Quake, erm, responds:
All in a moment I realize I wouldn’t mind if he grabbed me by the hair and forced me over his knee, or led me to my desk and bent me over. I’m thrilled at this idea, and ashamed that I’m thrilled, and ashamed that I’m thinking on it for so long. He’s prattled on for at least a minute now without my noticing. I flush a little and pray that he continues in his tradition of never noticing any change in others’ appearances, so I won’t have to explain myself. It took him a year to notice his sister had braces, I tell myself. You’re safe. I bite my bottom lip. What a weirdo I am. I’ve had mood swings before, but seriously. Going from vanilla to this.

Link to "Sideways" by Arielle Brouse. I'm not too clear on the distinction, if any, Rennekamp draws between pornography and erotica. As for the former, we can always lean back on Justice Potter Stewart's famous nondefinition: "I know it when I see it." Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964). Unfortunately, Stewart died in 1985, so now we lack such a barometer.

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