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The Professor and Porn

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On International Women’s Day (IWD) I read that the professor of analytical science at the University of Manchester’s school of chemical engineering, 61-year-old Nicholas Goddard moonlights as a porn star with girls who claim to be teenagers.  His career as a porn star has been welcomed by men generally and the University, at the time of writing has taken no disciplinary action over his ten-year career in the porn industry.  Supporters argued his behavior is not illegal; there is no coercion involved and the Professor is filming in his own time.  I do not agree.  For men and women to be equal, it has been predicted that it will take 117 years.  The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 is Pledge For Parity.  If we are to achieve gender equality, our attitude to behaviour such as Professor Goodard’s and pornography has to change.

tearful  eyePornography is an industry run by men for men that creates a demand for filmed prostitution.  In 2011 for every 400 movies made in Hollywood, there were 11,000 porn ones.  Porn is all about the male dominance of women.  Pornography is legal, but it is harmful to the viewer, females in the industry and society.  It is especially exploitative for teenage girls.  Young girls do not dream of being prostitutes.  They become involved in the sex trade because of troubles in their lives.  The documentary film Hot Girls Wanted is a difficult film to watch; it focuses on the corruption of young women in the porn industry.   Many do not make it to the age of 50 because pimps or johns murder them, drugs, STD’s, or they commit suicide.

Women and girls are already sexually objectified in the mainstream media.  They receive a strong message that to be worthy of love; one first has to be worthy of sexual desire.  Sexy is defined by what men consider arousing and porn is pushing the boundaries of what is sexy.  After seeing the same type of porn 20 times, viewing becomes mundane.  Only constant changes maintain the excitement, and this pushes the boundaries.  Very Young Girls is a documentary film which has identified how porn has blurred the lines for many men between a woman and a child.  It also brings anger and violence into one’s life.

According to Professor Goddard, 75% of web traffic on the university’s server is porn which meant it would be hypocritical to criticise him.  However, studies have shown that porn is addictive.  It is more addictive than cocaine or alcohol.  It releases too much of a chemical which rewires the brain.  Consequently, a constant search for sexual novelty, voyeurism and isolation occurs.  Porn is sex without emotional closeness.  It affects mental health as it leads to depression or ADD1, a higher education dropout rate, erectile dysfunction and the inability to form relationships with females.

Professor Goodard’s porn star status is sending the wrong message to his students and wider society.  It is not acceptable for old men to be having adult relations with young girls, this is the basis of grooming.  He is in a position where he sits in judgment of young women while being, in my view a sexual predator.  I feel that he has brought the University into disrepute.  The University has failed to take action so are seemingly endorsing his conduct.  When institutions of learning ignore behaviour that devalues women and girls, they are contributing to their sexual objectification.  I think that is at odds with the notion of education creating equality.  We are all vulnerable to pornography; we must be careful what we put in our minds.  If we are to achieve gender equality, our attitude to behaviour such as Professor Goodard’s and pornography has to change.  Perhaps this should be the pledge for IWD.

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  1. Attention Deficit Disorder.
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