Porn, the Media, and Raising a Daughter – Tweets with a Professor

I had the (uncomfortable) pleasure of engaging in a Twitter debate with Mark Sawyer, PhD., a Professor in the UCLA Department of Political Science Bunche Center for African American Studies today after his appearance as a commentator on the O’Reilly Factor with Gov. Huckabee.

Dr. Sawyer made a comment during the show that specifically rubbed me the wrong way:  That women are not objectified by the mass media or the porn industry; but instead, women choose to objectify themselves.  I sent a Tweet, as one of his beloved #trolls, and commented to him that I found his ideology way off base.  In fact, I stated:

Brooke Knight ‏@BKnight56117h @mqsawyer I found your comments regarding women way off base. Glad you weren’t my professor.

What happened after that moment, I was not necessarily expecting.  He first responded with:

Mark Sawyer ‏@mqsawyer17h @BKnight561 of course I’d NEVER present a view like my own or anything that even feminists disagree about porn etc. right?

Then he enlisted the support of a retired porn “star” known as @SinnamonLove:

  1. Sinnamon Love ‏@SinnamonLove16h @BKnight561 @mqsawyer interesting topic. How did I get pulled into this conversation?
  1. Mark Sawyer ‏@mqsawyer16h @SinnamonLove @BKnight561 gov huckabee on #foxnews suggested porn harms exploits women

This went on for almost a full day…ending with Dr. Sawyer inviting me to also check out a male porn star:

1. Mark Sawyer ‏@mqsawyer30m @BKnight561 @SinnamonLove or @lexsteele11 the men aren’t John Holmes anymore

2. Mark Sawyer ‏@mqsawyer39m @BKnight561 @SinnamonLove lots of amazing male bodies in porn now like @PrinceYahshua

I declined the invitation.  Honestly, I have no idea who John Holmes is, nor do I care.  When I declined, I let him know:

1. Brooke Knight ‏@BKnight56130m @mqsawyer @SinnamonLove @LexSteele11 wow ur focus on looks speaks VOLUMES Ur clearly a man of substance. Repeat: glad u weren’t my professor

2. Brooke Knight ‏@BKnight56131m@mqsawyer @SinnamonLove @PrinceYahshua No thanks. I prefer privacy & respectful relationships. I’m not a porn fan, I’m a sapiosexual.

His final response to me was:

@mqsawyer26m @BKnight561 @SinnamonLove @LexSteele11 you said porn objectifies women. I said the men are now good looking. Shut up

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I think he blocked me from the conversation after that last statement.

I’m no prude, but I find it interesting that the people he involved in the debate  were porn stars (Ms. Sinnamon and Mr. Yahshua) to defend an industry that has systematically become more and more clear that they support the violent treatment of women, whether acting or not, in their product distribution.  That’s like involving Marlboro in a debate to defend Big Tobacco:  Profit over Principle.

I hardly think that women enter into the porn industry because they have a ton of options. Ms. Sinnamon has to feed her children and support herself, and I don’t judge that need to sustain, as I’m a single mother myself.  But let’s not pretend that porn is a great boon to womanhood, or that the media and porn industries are kind to young girls’ self images.  I’m no stranger myself to limited options.  Instead of porn, I opted for the military.  I opted for an education.  That was simply my choice.  Subjecting myself to edited deep-throat abuse for the viewing pleasure of people everywhere was not a consideration.  But perhaps my upbringing and value system is simply, well….different.  I can only hope that my daughter will realize she has more alternatives, as well.

As a mother with a daughter headed off to college at a younger than 18 age, I can only say that I am going to ensure that my daughter is extremely cautious in which classes, and more importantly, the educators, to which she’s exposed.

It’s no shock that young women are consistently attacked by the media and porn industries, and that those visual and subliminal attacks and misogynistic practices have a negative impact on how girls and young women view themselves.  That our educators participate in the promotion of porn industry’s so-called “Stars” is truly a sad indication of how our educational institutions have gone astray, and the great disservice those institutions are providing to women even now, in 2013.

About imaconstitutionalist

Single mom, US Navy Vet, honorably discharged after awarded for meritorious military service. Former professional musician. Owner of a strategic digital marketing, design and development firm. Volunteer. History and economics major. Staunch Constitutionalist and capitalist. Advocates for women, education, innovation development, legalized medical marijuana, and against parental alienation, the socialist agenda, and misogyny. Extremely proud of my family's patriotic history. Daughter of the American Revolution. Fan of Adam Smith, with a not-so-secret crush on Milton Friedman.
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3 Responses to Porn, the Media, and Raising a Daughter – Tweets with a Professor

  1. bryskates says:

    thanks for “sticking to your guns!” porn destroys women and their futures–and it turns those on the screen into objects! I posted about it recently if you are interested. keep on standing strong! thanks for your courage!

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