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Rashida Jones just said the one sentence anyone who watches porn needs to hear / Mic

Written by Ellie Krupnick for .Mic. Originally published on January 27th, 2015.


 

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When it comes to sexuality, porn is one of society’s trickier areas. How do we reconcile objectification with sex-positivity? Degradation with empowerment?

We realize that what we’re seeing isn’t a direct reflection of real-life sexuality to take as inspiration — and we can return to a helpful point made by Rashida Jones to remind us of that.

Jones is a co-producer on Hot Girls Wanted, a new documentary about the world of legal amateur porn and the young women who are its stars. At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week, she discussed how we as a culture should understand porn, emphasizing one point in particular:

“[There is a] difference between sexuality and sexualization.” 

And that difference is what should separate what we see on screen from our actual sex lives. Owning one’s sexuality can be empowering and pleasurable. But being sexualized the way porn stars so often are means the power is in someone else’s hands.

That surrender of control can be a troubling dynamic when it finds its way into real, non-porn set bedrooms.


We can’t wait to see Hot Girls Wanted ! You can read more about the damaging effects of pornography by reading the rest of the article hereRead Cindy’s open letter to David Cameron here   to learn why we say, “Don’t Block, Disrupt”

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