Barry Spector's Blog – April 2014 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 91: Porn, Part Two

As I write this essay (April, 2014), I read that even though the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that it is unconstitutional to bar consensual sex between adults, twelve of the fourteen states that had anti-sodomy laws at the time have refused to repeal them(…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 25, 2014 at 5:29pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 90: Porn, Part One

Have I got your attention? Are there any other one-syllable words in American English that can provoke such strong – yet mixed – emotions? Some hear the word and anticipate private pleasure, immediate gratification or opportunities for male bonding, but may be unaware of shameful feelings that lie just below the surface, while others who express disgust, anger or condemnation may well be covering up a sense of titillation. It’s all so complicated…

Indeed, opinions about pornography do…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 22, 2014 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 89: Blaming the Victim (Part Three)

In September of 2020, with the pandemic, the economy, the racial violence, the election (see my essay, “A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election”)  and (for Californians) the forest fires on our minds, it’s easy for us to shunt thoughts of America’s post-World War Two foreign policy to the back of our minds. But when we bring them to the forefront, we remember…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 8, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 88: Blaming the Victim (Part Two)

Psychologist David Feldman writes:

…the tendency to blame the victim may be programmed into the human mind at a very basic level…(it) may originate, paradoxically, in a deep need to believe that the world is a good and just place…On some level, most of us believe that that the world is basically good, that good things happen to good people, and that we, fortunately,…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 4, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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