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To the editors:

David Futrelle's article on the ongoing pornography debate [December 10] was, probably, the most extensive on the subject to date. An episode of the CBS newsmagazine 48 Hours came close, but you could still tell that it was slanted more towards the antiporn viewpoint. Even Playboy hasn't really tackled the issue.

Since most of the researchers on the subject can't find someone who will say it, I will: I LIKE porn. I also like Westerns, comedies, love stories, action films, science fiction and horror flicks and stories. After viewing or reading porn, I have never had the desire to rape a woman nor tie her to anything. On the other hand, I have encountered women who say they are repulsed by such material, yet THEY are the ones who produce handcuffs in the bedroom. THEY are the ones with the can of whipped cream on the nightstand. THEY are the ones with various lubricants for nonvaginal penetration. THEY are the ones who ask to be smacked on the bottom during orgasm. THEY are the ones who want to bring in a third party to what should only be a duet.

Like any other form of entertainment, there is good pornography and bad. (The majority of the good was produced prior to 1986 and was shot on film as opposed to the current crop that is shot on video.) When the "degradation-violence-towards-women" topic is brought up, I wonder, is this directed at porn depicting sadomasochism? If so, they must be very selective or have a good dealer, since the majority of S & M material either depicts women brutalizing men or other women. Also, if porn if supposed to provoke such violence, why isn't there an increase in violent behavior among gay men watching gay porn? Porn opponents would also be surprised at how many women work behind the scenes in the industry. (More so than in mainstream Hollywood!)

You can also think about this: If pornography is supposed to cause such violence towards women, why is it that none of the porn actresses have been the victim of stalkers while "good girl" actresses like Rebecca Schaeffer and Theresa Saldana have?

Willie Holmes

S. Saginaw

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