1. Ashley

    Wow, this article left me feeling super conflicted. As a feminist and woman in general, I am already conflicted about pornography. I avoid mainstream pornography at all costs. I do not appreciate how women are depicted or how unrealistic it is in general. I will admit, however, that I can enjoy facets of some pornography, mainly the variety done for women by women. So, I can sympathize with both sides to an extent.

    I agree that it should be the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children’s access to the internet. I really do not agree with government censorship. I do not like the implications of having politicians dictate what is or is not appropriate for the general population. I think this is dangerous territory and can easily lead to oppression regardless of the motivations behind the initial action.

    Finally, I do not think banning something is the best way to solve a social issue. Not talking about a problem does not make it go away. It seems like having more mainstream discussions about why pornography and certain behaviours can be problematic would be a more effective solution. Women’s studies for all! :)

  2. zemama

    As a mom, I completely agree that children should not have unsupervised, uncontrolled access to the internet. I can and do control my son’s computer use. (But damn those little fingers are fast and grabby with the mouse. We’ve had some close calls watching the likes of Sesame Street on Youtube. It’s unreal some of the suggested videos that pop up.) The problem is that I have no way of controlling what happens when my child is old enough to go play at a friend’s house without me. What if the friend’s parents aren’t as aware? What if there’s a teenage brother around with unlimited internet access? To a degree, that’s always been a problem. I saw a Playboy magazine before I was 10 because I was playing with kids who knew were their dad hid his. But that seems so comparatively innocent to what my child could be exposed to online today. Never mind online, I’m worried about when he learns to read and asks me about the raunchy slogans on t-shirts he might see someone wearing at the grocery store.

    It’s not that I feel he should be completely sheltered from the world or that I’m especially uncomfortable talking to him about sex. But it breaks my heart that I should probably talk to him about sexual violence while he is still in primary school because it is pretty much impossible to avoid in today’s society. Sexual violence is such a popular commodity that I will have to spell out that hurting and degrading people is not entertainment while all around him as he grows up and becomes a teenager other voices will be egging him on to snicker at women being demeaned, laugh at rape jokes, etc.

    Maybe we should move to Iceland…

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