Sunday, December 13, 2009

three thoughts about porn, and a video (not porn!)

1. Porn is capitalist sex. (So is prostitution, but that's another rant.)

2. Porn is to sex as kung fu movies are to fighting: a specific example may be good or bad, but the genre has little to teach us about living in the world.

3. The difference between porn and erotica is the difference between stories about sex and violence and stories about love and death—in the latter, there are implicit or explicit consequences of actions.

The following is from a TED talk. I generally don't like TED talks; they're made for the privileged and often feel like the modern equivalent of performances for princes, but some of them still manage to say important things, and this is one of those:


Bonus: How not to make love like a porn star:
You know what description you never want a woman you've slept with to apply to your sexual technique? "Baffling."