Murray Davis' Smut, Erotic Reality/Obscene Ideology Essay

1764 Words Oct 2nd, 1999 8 Pages
Murray Davis' Smut, Erotic Reality/Obscene Ideology

In the book Smut, Erotic Reality/ Obscene Ideology , by Murray Davis
(1983), the author expresses the idea that the best source for studying human sexuality objectively is "soft core", rather than "hard core" pornography.
(Davis p. xix). The purpose of this paper is to critique Davis's claim and to study what understanding of human sexuality someone might have if they used some other resource that is available today, in this case the Internet. Davis argues that , "hard core pornography is usually more abstract and less explicit than soft-core pornography". (Davis, p. xix, 1983). Davis doesn't go on to explain how hard-core pornography can be less explicit than soft-core.
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I feel that if a variety of resources are used when studying human sexuality, an individual will understand and learn all aspects of sexuality in greater detail. Having learned all aspects of sexuality a person may develop a sense of confidence in their own sexuality. This may allow for the person to have more respect for sexual orientations or practices that the individual may not take part in. For example, a person educated in human sexuality at a university level may realise that homosexuality is normal and should not be shunned. Whereas, a person not as highly educated in this field may think homosexuals are not right, or confused. If an individual uses a mixture of hard-core pornography, soft-core pornography, educational texts, and any other source of information that is available, the base for their knowledge will be broadened. With this broadened knowledge base an individual can draw their own lines for limits in their sexual practises. A person may indulge in sex in similar manner to hard-core pornography. That is, they may enjoy watching the penetration and using four-letter words during sex. Or an individual may enjoy sex in more of a soft-core manner. For example they may like the lights off and be more romantic in their sexual escapades. I feel that a combination of the two, or even a mixture of many different resources can be more beneficial to the

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