Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Porn on the Brain by Channel 4 Part One

This is a terrible documentary.  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/porn-on-the-brain/4od

At 11 minutes in I'm having to take a break from watching it to talk about some of the annoying things that have annoyed me so far. 

First off - we're 10mins into this "Oh no there's no escape from online pornography" and not a single opinion about it not been all bad or strange has been expressed (at least not intentionally). 

The presenter starts by talking about the porn he was exposed to as a kid, calling it the golden age of porn and how magazines were swapped in the play ground. He first found his dad's porn mags while looking for Christmas presents at the age of 10. 

The presenter goes on to talk about his own child and how horrified he is that his child might be exposed to online porn at as early as 10years old! Oh no... wait... doesn't that mean that the age of exposure hasn't changed? 

Talking about his relationship with porn the presenter says he eventually found it “Easier to get a hold of real girls than it was porn” putting women in the same sort of category as magazine – a commodity not a person. Perhaps this is a little over sensitive of me... I should let it slide if he didn't go on to talk about the pornographic material in his own magazine. Apparently he never thought of it as porn but “If you showed that to a feminist, then they’d say well of course that’s porn there are two girls with their tongues down each others throats.”  

Excuse me? Feminists aren't the porn police? Why are you suggesting the movement for the equality between men and women is made up of people who are inherently over sensitive about porn? Why does someone have to be a feminist to see those images as pornography - those images that are clearly designed to excite a physical reaction from the viewer. It's porn because it makes people want to wank - not because I'm a feminist.

Now the presenter moves on to talk to a group of 13 year old school kids about sex. They're talking about how it comes up on their news feed if one of their friends "likes" or comments on it. They find some of the porn gross. The presenter interprates this conversation as “whether they want to or not these children are watching explicit material on line” completely missing the fact that they, themselves have to press play on any video that appears in their news feed. No website that works on that sort of user input will have auto play enabled videos. Twitter, Reddit, Facebook - in all of these you have to open a video link to see the content, but a preview is displayed so you know what you are watching. 

At no point does social media force a child or an adult to watch pornography. They have to click play. 

These kids who are talking about porn with the presenter say that their parents haven’t got parental controls on the home PC’s…. well… maybe they should? One of the girls says that “People will find a way anyway” I imagine you’d be surprised, people who develop software generally know more about it that 13 year old children.  

In all this talk about how easy it is to to find graphic, free pornography nothing is mentioned about the fact that you can find effective  tool to stop your children seeking it in the first place in exactly the same way. Just Like This 

Moving on from parents with the inability to Google the presenter decided to take a look at just how dark porn can be... and is shocked to find mildly dark porn. So... Man deliberately goes looking for porn that will shock him and finds porn that shocks him. We should all be horrified.

I am slightly uncomfortable with the way he describes this pornography though. Which sounds like voyeuristic, water sports with maybe a bit of BDSM (not sure, a gimp mask was mentioned). He says it's
“Gross” and “all about male domination and female humiliation” There’s porn that’s actually the other way round too. But well done on shaming fetishists.

“These hideous videos could be watched by any child – because they’re so easy to stumble across” yes... typing porn into Google is exactly the same as stumbling across hardcore porn according to Channel 4. But as I've already said you can "stumble" across parental control freeware just as easily. 


So.... that was the first 10 minutes... lets see how much more I can watch before I lose the will to live once more.


8 comments:

  1. yo dawg the vid is broke. sounds like some straight up bull**** like you be sayin but idk cuz i cant see it. also dont kill yourself brah. at least not if you aint looked up the singularity imo. oh and if you take meds and still be suicidal semifrequently dont take that shit. unless you hallucinate when you off or something. i stopped mine like 6 months ago and i been good. before that i was pretty consistently suicidal for like ten years straight, and i almost succeeded when i was homeless. if you too stressed melatonin works better than half the shit they give you, in my experience. fuck klonadine i was mandated to take that for a while and it was hell.

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    1. It might only be available in the UK. Not sure.

      Who said anything about killing yourself. I'm not on any meds, or mentally ill, but if I were your advice would be terrible.

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    2. " So.... that was the first 10 minutes... lets see how much more I can watch before I lose the will to live once more."

      It's not consistently easy to discern facetious rhetoric from an allusion to an actual sentiment via text; sorry, bubba. Also, the site IS called crazy ginger. Anyhow, the med thing isn't entirely untrue for someone with a type of psychological affliction remotely analogous to mine (generically diagnosed "Bipolar I" that is actually a fluctuation between active/anxious and passive/depressive dysphoria, which is not uncommon, but very commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated. Also, my philosophy is that medication is best used when unequivocally necessary to prevent harm to oneself or others, a popularly espoused principle that I feel is very sparsely adhered to in the U.S.)

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    3. so .. you're going round telling people you know nothing about to stop taking their meds? And you don't think this is doing more harm than good?

      Bipolar is a seriously big deal - and the meds are much less effective if you take a break from them. So you'd best be damn certain that a person doesn't need them before you advise them not to take them.

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    4. Well, you said you're not mentally ill, so I assumed you lack experience. Many of my therapists, and even some psychiatrists, have very emphatically explained to me that the wrong medication can be a lot worse for a typical patient than no medication. Bipolar is usually treated with antipsychotics, which vary sporadically from being effective to inducing or exacerbating suicidal ideation and hallucinations (even when not previously experienced). Withdrawal can be even more dangerous, and most psychotropics cause some kind of psychological withdrawal symptoms when stopped abruptly, but that is easily circumvented by weaning off slowly (cut in quarters first, when in doubt). I don't know about the U.K., but pharmaceutical companies' influence here is so bad most of the doctors I know have trouble suppressing their resentments, when talking to random patients.

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    5. Also, if a person is so desperate that they would act on advice given by a random person on the internet (claiming to be a patient, and nothing else), they could probably benefit from rethinking their use of medication.

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    6. Or are vulnerable? As many mental health patients are.

      The wrong medication for any condition is a bad move. That doesn't mean you should forgo medication all together.

      My experience of mental health issues and treatment is second hand - but it's varied and I have a fair bit of it. In the past I've been both worried about my mental health and had access to scientific literature on the matter.

      A large danger in diagnosing bipolar is to misdiagnose it as depression and treat accordingly. Many meds for depression make bipolar worse.

      People are open to be swayed by ideas they like the sound of - a lot of people don't like the idea of being on daily medication for the rest of their lives.

      It's all very well and good for you to tell people to stop taking meds from the other side of a PC screen, but you don't see the consequences. You likely never know if someone chooses to take your advice, goes down hill and ends up dead or sectioned.

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    7. Personally, I'd rather die than live like I did for the past ten years on all manner of medication (ages 10-20; I'm not trying to mitigate the vulnerability of the mentally ill. I believed that I would immediately end up in prison or dead if I quit, for almost that entire time, and I allowed that resignation to socially and emotionally cripple me to the extent that I almost did.) I am an ardent believer in medication that benefits a patient, and an equally vehement opponent of the rampant, literal threatening of miserable patients with the insistence that they must take their meds, and do as they're told, at all costs, especially when that patient is incapable of effectively articulating dissent. My perspective may be warped by all manner of egregiously poor choices of mandated placements (residential care facilities, shelter referrals, etc., all of which were riddled with abusive staff, ones that stole narcotics, and many other things which appear to be more prevalent than not among most adult inpatients/former inpatients, and would never be allowed in any of the newer state hospitals, which don't even require Medicaid). I still say if a person regularly contemplates suicide on a medication, or experiences psychosis, they need to consult their psychiatrist (if feasible, which is not even close to a given), and if his/her answer is to up the dosage (as is VERY typical), they need to get a new psychiatrist or just wean themselves off, unless they know from experience that they feel even worse when completely weaned off of any medication.

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