4 women, 4 generations, 4 perceptions… of porn!

4 women, 4 generations, 4 perceptions… of porn!

With all the recent media hype around Cameron’s War on Porn and Advod in the UK, I pondered a while on whether it was a good idea to join the debate or not. Cherry has ALWAYS promoted responsible, regulated and ethical adult entertainment and these kinds of discussions sometimes have a tendency to blow up in one’s face, despite all good intentions, due to their politically and morally charged undercurrents.

So during a recent, all female meeting, the latest dramatic censorship changes in the UK were discussed and we immediately noticed how different our views were on sex, porn, accessibility and the affect it could have on the next generation.

To that end, we decided to jot down our different views and also enlist the help of a teenage family member who is blissfully unaware that she is actually at the centre of a major social shift in western society, whilst she happily executes about 80% of her social life via her mobile phone

Below you have the results. I hope you enjoy them and see how it demonstrates that actually, amongst an educated and informed group of women covering 4 generations, adult entertainment isn’t really a beast in need of taming with such fanaticism! In fact, the more you censor, the bigger the demand you create. I think the history of drugs and alcohol have shown us that very clearly already!

The Contributors:

Ms Boomer
Generation: Baby Boomer
Current Age: 67
Era: Sexual Revolution

Ms Liberation
Generation: X
Current Age: 43
Era: Female Independence

Ms Digital
Generation: Y
Current Age: 29
Era: Digital Revolution

Miss Teen Queen
Generation: Z
Current Age: 15
Era: Digital Lifestyle

1. What is your view on adult entertainment through the ages?

 

Ms Boomer: As long as there are males, there will be prostitutes and as long as people have sex, there will be porn to spice it up or enjoy on your own.  The Romans had it ‘live’ indoors… performed by and with their slaves.  And what they did challenged the most extreme adult content you see today. Homosexuality was norm as was same sex marriage!  They just castrated their victims to make them more like ‘girls’. One of the Caesars actually married his rent boy.  You just had to take care that if you were free born and of high standing, you were not seen to be the receiver, as that was an offense punishable by law. Your status in life dictated your position in bed.

The introduction of Christianity brought guilt, rules and retribution and the life style introduced by the Romans died out through religious fervour or went underground.  Through the ages many royal courts set a trend for ‘loose’ behaviour, but on average the man in the street was occupied with just keeping his head above water.

Communication improved after the Second World War and slowly a taste for porn came back into society, particularly in The Netherlands, my country of origin, where there was no law against it. The Dutch are a liberal, but sensible lot. Sex shops sprouted up everywhere and local youth (including myself) never had it so good.  We were no longer reliant on “Health and Efficiency” pictures to feel naughty. The little black stickers over the vital parts in the shop windows did not spoil anything, as you generally ‘got it’.  These sex shops became a major tourist attraction in Amsterdam as the red light district still is.  In fact, some of the comments on the intercom in the packed shops told you “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a shop not a museum.  Unless you intend to buy, please leave”.

Later on in my early thirties, ‘blue’ movies entered the social scene in the UK, where I now lived with my husband. Dinner parties ‘climaxed’ the evening’s entertainment with a blue movie. Very daring.  Adult entertainment is a social product and certainly from my experience, used by everyone, barring a few holier than thou exceptions.

Porn has not changed through the ages. The media, communicating it, have. It is no more extreme now than it was during the Roman Empire.  Just packaged differently.  Tune into any pop station and the videos surpass the ‘glamour’ grading levels 500%! They are outrageously revealing and provocative and some actually simulate what we would classify as hardcore! There are no restrictions or age verifications in sight! Why isn’t there more concern about this affecting our teens, who are, after all, the music industry’s biggest users?

Romans sexuality

Ms Liberation: Having been born in 1970 into a middle class family, the environment my sister and I grew up in was protected and ‘filtered’. As I grew older, my mother promoted independence and I remember her saying that when she was young to get married and have kids was the promoted norm, but I had a choice.

In the early 90’s I headed to Ibiza for 5 years and partied my ass off! J I quickly realised that in this environment I could have sex just like any guy – whenever I wanted and with whomsoever. I could be their boss in the bars I managed and I could have friendships with them on a totally equal basis. Male / female ‘equality’ became how I perceived the world and my role in it.  Despite all that, I’m still probably the biggest prude out of the 4 women here!

I am actually amazed at how quickly adult entertainment has deviated to keep the money rolling in!  I recently watched a great documentary about the infamous Deepthroat movie and how it actually revolutionised sexual attitudes in the 70’s on a global scale. It saw middle class couples and groups going to mainstream cinemas to see it! It was a porn movie, but it created social and sexual advances in the mainstream, especially for women of the time.

An interesting point was made at the end of the documentary, by one of the producers saying ‘Nobody is pushing social boundaries any more. Porn today is only about making money!

And I agree. 40 years ago, seeing a man and woman having sex in front of a camera was mind-blowingly shocking, but the sheer exposure volume available created desensitization, so in order to keep those big bucks coming in, the producers needed to find something equally shocking to keep interest going.  The Internet only fuelled this 10-fold and has led to what appears to be an on-going evolution of ever more deviate porn. There are some big dark, dark corners on the Internet, where, in my opinion, NO normal person would ever want to go!

Question is, how far will it actually go, which is why I fully support sensible, but regulated access controls, combined with ethical business practices around the production and distribution of adult materials.

Ms Digital: I think adult entertainment has evolved a lot and very little at the same time. We marvel at the extremely bizarre things people like to see nowadays but we seem to forget most of them have been around for centuries. What has been the big game changer in recent times is accessibility. Extreme / bizarre content is obviously more accessible these days, as is the current temperature in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. The Internet revolutionized, not only the adult industry, it revolutionized EVERYTHING, facilitating access to anything in a truly unbelievable way. BTW, it’s minus 6º C at this precise moment in Ittoqqortoormiit, in case you’re wondering. 😉

Sadly, there have been very few attempts to change adult entertainment’s main audience over the years and as a woman, I wonder if we girls will ever see a product that is specifically aimed at women as the target audience.  The adult industry has always focused on the male market and will continue to do so, because that’s where the big bucks were and are. And as for why people use it?… everyone likes good sex, regardless of what our individual ideas of good sex are!

Miss Teen Queen: To be honest, adult entertainment and how it’s progressed through the ages, really isn’t something I’ve had cause to pay much attention to, given my age. Of course at 16, it’s something I’m aware of and have discussed on occasion with my friends, but I haven’t really watched it and don’t really know much about it’s history or any of the older forms of adult entertainment media.

At the end of the day, as teenage girls, we are more interested in the romantic elements of relationships, so adult entertainment isn’t really something that would appeal to us in that sense and therefore, we have little interest in it.

4 women 4 generations 4 perceptions of porn

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