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So long, Farewell..

April 30, 2006

Well fellow bloggers, it’s time to say goodbye. What can I say? It’s been fun. Besides the actual factual stuff we learned this semester, I’ve learned a few things about myself and about others. For one, I learned how to be successful at taking online classes. Huge plus since I am taking three online classes next semester. My main goal in this class besides getting a good grade was to have an affect on people with my writing. The spectrum of views in this class was large. When we started in September, people definitely disagreed on everything. I tried to write intelligent blogs that would help others understand my views on the porn industry. I know I wouldn’t get everyone to agree that the porn industry was a good thing, but even if a few people moved a little towards the center of the spectrum I feel as though I accomplished something. I know people were reading what I said because I did get comments. That made me feel great! They weren’t always agreeing with me but isn’t that the point of the class? I know they did their job as well because I can understand now why some people take such offense to pornography. All and all, I got what I wanted from this class and then some. Thanks for the good laughs everyone.

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Monday mornings at the water cooler..

April 30, 2006

Nothing beats 8 a.m. conversations around the water cooler about straight guys banging each other just to get some extra $$. Yea, it helps that in my office there are mostly gay guys since I work in the tanning industry. No one cares about my other classes or even that I am in school but as soon as I say “so I was listening to my porn lecture this morning in the car…” everyone instantly walks over. I can’t say this about my other comm. Classes. How many people want to hear about the resume I just re-typed for business comm.? Yea. It’s so interesting how taboo this class is. No one ever believes me that I take a class about pornography. When I told my grandmother that I was taking the class she went into panic mode. What finally got her to accept the idea was the interview Dr.Halavis had in Time magazine. I sent her the link to read and she felt so relieved. I don’t know why anyone would think that UB would allow a class that taught kids how to have sex on tape but hey, what else would a porn class teach? It’s sad that Dr. H is leaving after this semester because more people should take this class. I hope he keeps teaching it wherever he may be going. The porn industry has done so much for technology! Maybe some government figures need to take this class so they can lay off and appreciate the strides made by the leaders such as the great Peter North. Sigh.

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Turning gay for an extra dollar

April 23, 2006

Something that has interested me most of the semester is straight men that do gay porn movies. I found a blog about this topic and the writer is homosexual. Now, he seems pretty adamant against the whole notion. From my understanding, it turns gay men on to see a guy they know is straight having anal sex with a gay man. I asked one of my co-workers about this and he quickly agreed that it turned him on. The blog I found did not have this same feeling. I guess there isn't a set answer because it varies from person to person. I still have such a hard time grasping the idea that these men would have sex with a guy just for money. It seems a lot different then two straight girls doing the same thing. I've spent the past few days reading tons of blogs about this subject and I am just more fascinated with every entry.  

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Excuse me Mr.Lucas may I ask a question?

April 23, 2006

My first question references two blogs made by you. The most recent was on February. You say that business is business, nothing personal it is all about money. However, less than a year ago you criticize one of your former friends for being republican. Many republicans are only that for the money. Did you ever stop and ponder whether this man was a republican for money reasons? I don't think anyone completely agrees with the party the are registered for.   Second question: You have an interesting post on Gay-for-pay. You seem to be for and against this throughout your different entries. Which is it, or do you not have a set opinion? Thanks!

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Don’t put all your *easter* eggs in one basket..

April 18, 2006

 

Well, if this Easter taught me anything, it was to not rely on technology working when you needed it to! I plan my week so specifically that when I couldn't post my blogs on Sunday it felt like I was never going to catch back up. I guess this is a good lesson for all of us that if possible we shouldn't wait till the last day to write our blogs! Now I'm at work spending time on my school work instead of what I am paid to do. However, isn't it always fun to have a reason to think about sex at work? Not that I need a reason with all the tan men in their 30's and 40's. Yes, there is definitely something about older men. What's even better is that men love younger women! Seems to work out well. What would happen if all of a sudden men starting enjoying women their own age or *gasp* older women? Not that they don't since teenage boys are usually infatuated with supermodels or their friends' moms. I'm talking real-world though. I think it all leads back to fantasy. Sure, I may have a dream or two about some of my co-workers but does that mean I am actively pursuing these older men around me? Hell no. Is it fun to think about when I am knee-deep in paperwork? Of course. This brings me to my point, finally. People don't understand how others can love porn so much. For me, and many others, pornography is a useful tool in fantasizing about things we can't have, or can't do. It doesn't make us bad people for watching it. Some people have gone through almost this whole semester and still think porn is evil. Hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, I hope that after reading my blogs and other classmates' blogs as well, they can start to see the other side of things. I'll always be against child pornography but a little fantasizing about older men never hurt anyone 🙂

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Community Standards? To each his own…

April 9, 2006

Usually when we learn, seeing specific examples relating to what we learn in lecture allows us to bring everything into focus. I found a court case that discusses the idea of community standards being the way to judge whether material is obscene or not. Its helpful to be able to see the principle being applied to a real situation. In the case, a store owner is being prosecuted because of the alleged selling of obscene videos. The article goes on to talk about the difficulty of getting a guilty verdict because community standards vary from person to person. Anyone can interpret that how they want, based on their values. The prosecution complains that any juror during selection that states they believe pornography is wrong gets thrown off the case. Therefore, these type of cases are hard to prosecute and often times the make-up of the jury doesn’t accurately reflect the community standards for the city. However, this downfall does not deter the DA from the case, and he plans on more cases against other store owners in the county. To me, it seems like 90 percent of the time, a jury wouldn’t convict someone mostly because the defense will throw out the always useful “first amendment.”

Here’s the article.. for some reason the link button has been missing on my wordpress page!
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/09/30/loc_wwwloc1obsc.html

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Hi, could you please direct me towards the porn section?

April 9, 2006

DROSEblogger posted some interesting ideas on obscene material in libraries. However, is it necessary to have this stuff in libraries? Libraries, mind you, that are paid for with local taxes. I’d say probably not. It doesn’t go against the first amendment! We’re not censoring the author’s right to say what he wants. If you want to read, or see, Jon Stewart’s book you can buy it. No one is stopping the sale of the book. To me, this is not a violation of rights. Many libraries around the country are already struggling to stay open because of funding, who has money to hire a clerk to “watch” who is looking at obscene material? Are we going to ID people who try to pick up the books? What happens to a library if they are caught allowing a 16 year old to look at an inappropriate book? Come on, out of all the battles we have in front of us, such as child pornography, are we really going to concentrate on getting naked pictures into libraries? Let’s get real.

http://dar28.wordpress.com/2006/04/09/easy-on-the-censorship-big-brother/