Murray Davis' Smut, Erotic Reality/Obscene Ideology



In the book Smut, Erotic Reality/ Obscene Ideology , by Murray Davis
(1983), the author expresses the idea that the best source for studying human
sexuality objectively is "soft core", rather than “hard core” pornography.
(Davis p. xix). The purpose of this paper is to critique Davis's claim and to
study what understanding of human sexuality someone might have if they used some
other resource that is available today, in this case the Internet.
Davis argues that , "hard core pornography is usually more abstract and
less explicit than soft-core pornography". (Davis, p. xix, 1983). Davis doesn't
go on to explain how hard-core pornography can be less explicit than soft-core.
However ...

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involved with sex. (Davis, p.
xix) Although Davis admits that the vocabulary of sex is changing (Davis, p.
xxv), he also states that hard-core pornography uses considerably more vulgar
terms that are associated with lower-class activity, such as, "prick, fuck, and
suck" (Davis, p. xxiii). Davis believes that hard-core pornography, induces
imaginative behaviours by using these lower-class, four-letter words. The
stories use phrases such as "First we sucked, then we fucked."(Davis p. xix,
1983), to allow the reader the tools to imagine the scene actually taking place.
The reader is lead by the author through the story by using words that may be
more understood or common in the readers' everyday life. He also accuses hard-
core films of being "behavioristic" and "abstract" because they often fail to
"fully inform the audience about the characters personality types and social
categories."(Davis, p. xx, 1983) Soft-core pornography, on the other hand,
often depicts "the subtle ...

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sense that I agree
with Davis.
However, I firmly believe that there is not one single resource that is
the best method of studying human sexuality. There are many sources which are
helpful when studying sex and human sexuality. They can range from textbooks,
entertainment magazines, television programs, to movies and novels. In my
opinion the most reliable and important resource for studying human sexuality is
personal experience. The actual hands on, if you will, of sex. All the texts,
magazines and movies can show what happens and maybe guide your learning process,
but the only real way to learn is to experience for oneself. I feel that if a
variety of resources are used when ...

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