Want To Study Porn In College? There’s A Class For That!

When you think of college classes, I’m going to go ahead and guess that porn isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Yet in one school (Pasadena City College, to be exact), a professor managed to merge the two and come up with a college course that has students studying porn. So, yes, you can now officially take a college class on pornography. Line up, boys and girls. I’m assuming this isn’t too easy to get into.

The course is called Navigating Pornography and it’s taught by author and professor Hugo Schwyzer – and it really does sound super interesting. The class isn’t just about watching porn (although students are given homework assignments to watch porn in private), but it’s more about encouraging students to see pornography in a different light. Let’s face it: no matter how common porn is or how many people watch it on a daily basis, it’s still a topic that makes a lot of us feel uncomfortable. The purpose of this course is to educate people and help them feel more comfortable with the idea of porn.

Buzzfeed got the chance to interview the professor about his class and the video (which you can check out below) brings up a lot of really good points. For one thing, if you’re thinking this class might be only of interest to horny guys, you’d be totally wrong. As we’ve said in the past, women can, and do, watch porn just as much as men and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Schwyzer brings up this issue, saying, “One of the mistakes that people often make when they talk about pornography is they say, ‘Well, in the traditional vision of porn, everything’s just made for guys to watch.'” One female student talks about how she changed her own view on pornography by the middle of the class, saying she’s become much more “accepting” and “understanding” of porn. That is exactly what Schwyzer is trying to do – open people’s minds to the idea that pornography is not pure evil, made just for guys who can’t stop thinking about sex.

So where did the idea of this class come from? It’s easy to think Schwyzer just wants an opportunity to talk about porn all day, but I think he really is trying to make it more acceptable in society. He says, “The most serious problem with pornography is not how it represents women or how it can become addictive… the most serious problem with pornography is that it so often leaves the people who use it, who enjoy watching it, with profound feelings that they are worthless or bad for having done so. And as a result, we have to find a safe, inviting, but still blunt way of talking about that shame.”

Watch the rest of the interview below to see more of what he has to say:

All in all, I think this class sounds really cool. I think it’s always great to try to get people to open their minds and talk more openly about sexuality. If we’re ashamed of what we’re doing sexually or of what turns us on, we’re never going to be comfortable doing it – and that’s not cool. I definitely think this would be a class worth taking.

Would you ever take this college class? What are your feelings about porn? Do you hate when guys watch it? Tell us in the comments.

 

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  • violet7789

    porn was quite the popular topic in many of my classes (probably because I majored in women and gender studies lol) so we read many an article and wrote a few papers on porn. One of my favorite classes, human sexuality, dealt with a variety of related topics too (that’s where I learned about real dolls)

  • Fantasygirl425

    I would take this class.

  • Redbullfiend

    I used to visit this website when I was 12-13. Now I’m 23. Gurl.com used to have interesting, thought provoking articles, games etc for young women and girls and now it is encouraging young women and girls to participate in their own degradation? Hugo Schwyzer had sex with his students and tried to murder one of his past significant others. How is it acceptable to promote his views on women?

    Just say no to Hugo.
    Porn is violence against women.
    That is all.

  • stef hyena

    Stef Rozitis “The most serious problem with pornography is not how it represents women or how it can become addictive… the most serious problem with pornography is that it so often leaves the people who use it, who enjoy watching it, with profound feelings that they are worthless or bad for having done so. And as a result, we have to find a safe, inviting, but still blunt way of talking about that shame.”

    of course. my mistake thinking exploitation and degradation of women was anywhere near as serious an issue as the shame rapists and misogynists are made to feel

  • Nurit

    Boy they sure have the “best and brightest” university professors these days! So this Schwyzer dude says “the most serious problem with pornography is that it so often leaves the people who use it, who enjoy watching it, with profound feelings that they are worthless or bad for having done so. As a result we have to find a safe, inviting, blunt way to talk about this shame.” —-> Sure, and this shame & worthlessness is a) a core root of male violence, and b) human gut feelings that something is very bad wrong in mainstream (these days, gonzo) porn which is ALL about degrading females in the worst of ways. So this selfish, entitled “man” wants to help other men (and their coerced girlfriends/wives) feel BETTER about consuming filmed female degradation for their “entertainment”, instead of interrogating why they feel the shame, and instead exploring the kind of sex that make ALL parties feel good, which is NOT found in mainstream porn, OR the rape culture it’s embedded in.

    We need to trust our gut feelings more, and listen less to spin-doctors who want us to disconnect from our humanity. When something looks and sounds and feels right, there are no feelings of shame or worthlessness! It’s that simple and doesn’t require an academented analysis to understand.

  • Holly

    Porn is violence against women. Women are objects and are treated like trash in porn. Men play out their porn fantasies on women’s bodies and we’re just supposed to smile and take it. Not to mention the vast amount of men who find “mainstream” porn not interesting enough and have ventured into bestiality, child and torture porn.

    People should look into Hugo and his past. Not only did he have sex with students while he was a teacher, he attempted to murder his girlfriend. This guy is bad news and shouldn’t be around students period let alone trying to brainwash them with his feel good porn agenda.

  • Sunday Erhun

    No matter how well you try to paint it, porn is purely evil. It is sexual immorality and it reamains so. Why would enjoy sexual pleasure when you are not married? Visit my blog to find out more: http://helpfountain.wordpress.com

    • Swagnation

      Staying pure until marriage is your own personal choice. There is no need to look down on people who aren’t virgins or the other way around. Not being a virgin isn’t ‘evil’

      • Sunday Erhun

        Staying pure is not your own personal choice. God has gave a command we must obey. Sexual pleasure outside marraige is immorality.

    • Katherine Steele

      @Sunday Erhun :

      Marriage has been around forever, so your religion has only one way to define it. Your religion has rules, yes, but everyone is different. There is porn that depicts degrading and harmful images, and there is porn that is mild and romantic. Porn has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese vases exhibit naked people having sex. If you want to stay close minded and inexperienced that’s your choice and it’s fine. But to tell everyone else how to live is pathetic, especially when you aren’t experienced or even aware of all that’s out there.

      Do you know that women have a cliotoris? It is analogous to the penis and it provides us with pleasure. There are many ways to be intimate with another person. I hope you can explore and learn what your body is capable of.

  • Negareboshi

    That would be a very interesting class! I’m very open-minded (I sometimes watch porn, even with my boyfriend) and I think it’s cool that a teacher is trying to show that, no, porn isn’t only dedicated to men and that not everything in porn is “weird” or “made of pure evil”. Some porn videos I have seen are really nice (not everything is hardcore or shows the women as an object of pleasure) and honestly, there are videos for everyone!

    • Sunday Erhun

      Watching porn is entirely evil, and a defiant to God’s command. Any form of sexual pleasure should only be enjoyed between a legally married man and woman.
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