And I think that "individual's point of view" is often adjusted by the content they consume. Meaning, if they often consume pornography/erotica, they'll probably be happy to define it as wholly acceptable. They probably won't say, "I consume it, but I think it's a terrible thing."
This is why I argued above that such a discussion is very difficult to bring to any point of agreement--those who consume pornography/erotica find it acceptable (usually). Those who don't consume it find it unacceptable (usually). There are, of course, many exceptions to this generalization.
Although, maybe a lot of folks who consume pornography/erotica feel like it does affect them in ways they don't want to be affected but they still choose to spend their time on it. Like folks who say, "I eat Big Macs even though I know they will negatively affect my health. It's a personal choice to consume something that negatively affects my health." I don't know if many people respond to pornography/erotica in that way, but maybe some do--maybe some say, "This has changed the way I view other people and I don't like the changes, but I'll keep watching/reading it because I want to."
Not to put anyone on the spot, but if any of you read a lot of erotica, do you think it affects how you view other people--perhaps it causes you to think a lot more about whether or not people are sexually appealing, perhaps it causes you to objectify people more often, perhaps you find yourself more often thinking about how people could sexually satisfy you, etc? If so, do you like the way it affects you? If it doesn't affect the way you view other people, what does affect your viewpoint? Or is there some other way to think about this altogether?
Last edited by djulian; 08-20-2012 at 05:06 PM.
Reason: Added some more thoughts