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    Posted: Sep 24 2013 at 9:59am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-duca/PICS-study_b_3964190.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

the psychological effects are just one of the many reasons I stopped watching.
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This PICS Study Is Super NSFW


Sometimes, it seems like the Internet exists specifically so PICS can flourish, and there's no arguing that quite a bit of that PICS is so very filthy and degrading that it basically requires you to shower after watching. It is the dark corner of the web for which novelty dildos were almost exclusively created, a misogynistic medium that may very well desensitize you to words like "coochie." But can PICS actually make you sexist?

A recent study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly asserts that watching PICS can reinforce negative stereotypes, making both men and women who watch PICS less likely to support affirmative action for women. And a similar new finding, published in the Journal of Communication, found that PICS has an extensive impact on the way we think about women, leading to sexist attitudes.

So, in short: Yep, PICS can totally make you sexist!

Unfortunately, this might seem less than startling. The debate about the effects of PICS is not new to feminist discourse, and it is easy to dismiss the finding as Jezebel did, filing under the title "Department of Duh Study Shows Watching PICS Makes People More Sexist." That said, author Erin Gloria Ryan went on to add a bit of slightly more thoughtful commentary on the Psychology of Women Quarterly study, saying, "that viewing certain types of PICS causes people to subconsciously look down on women isn't surprising."

Isn't it, though?

No one is arguing that a realm in which a thing called a "money shot" exists is pushing anyone to "lean in." PICS as a manifestation of sexism is essentially treated as a fact at this point in the debate, but the idea that it has a direct effect on even women's attitudes about themselves cannot be dismissed to the "Department of Duh." There are both women and men who choose to watch PICS but also support affirmative action for women and perhaps don't realize the effect that PICS has on their understanding of women in the workplace (or in general).

Researchers Paul J. Wright and Michelle Funk concluded that their findings suggest that "sexual media activate[s] abstract social scripts, which may then be used to inform opinions about social issues." What the study further seems to imply (more dauntingly than the flippant "No sh*t, Sherlock -- it's called patriarchy" response) is that not just watching submissive PICS, but submissive sexual preferences and sexual fantasies can affect the way a woman thinks about herself in the workplace... and her deservingness of a raise, or promotion, or equal paycheck.

As The Week noted, there are, of course, many different kinds of PICS. There's feminist PICS, and gay PICS, and, as Ryan mentioned, "vintage PICS where the robustly-bushed female stars are shown enjoying themselves rather than newer stuff that is basically a close up of a dick being shoved into a silicon-enhanced woman's bleached butthole like a soulless piston." But what if the latter type (of decidedly sexist PICS) is a turn-on to an otherwise self-confident, soulful, feminist woman? Does that mean there is something wrong with the woman herself?

The fact that a woman who otherwise aligns with the feminist agenda may experience a reduction in the strength of her beliefs after watching sexist PICS is especially upsetting. It allows for the concern that a feminist woman who prefers to take a submissive role in the bedroom might experience a subconscious subverting of her convictions as a direct result of her preferences. In other words, this study is troublesome, because it presents a conflict between the sexual preference for submission and conviction that women deserve preferential treatment in the office.

Ideally, the way a woman chooses to explore her sexuality should be distinct from the way she exists in any alternate capacity -- idealistically, professionally, socially or otherwise. Specifically speaking, a preference for submission should not be understood as a version of victimization. But what if your ideological convictions are incapable of conquering the automatic effects of your preference for watching sexist PICS? Should our ideological convictions dictate what we find pleasure in? Unfortunately, the answer there is a resounding yes.

The patriarchal structure in which we reside has effects beyond the obvious things like getting raped "because of the hormone levels in nature" and vajazzling. The finding that PICS can increase sexist attitudes even in women is truly daunting, because it reveals the intricacies with which our convictions might be subverted even in conjunction with the independent pursuit of sexual preferences.

It is not an obvious fact that watching PICS could increase a woman's sexist attitudes. Wright and Funk personally hope that their work will lead to "increased public awareness of the misogyny in pornography." Perhaps being aware is all that we can do. It is much harder for something to have an unintended effect on our subconscious if we are mindful of the attitudes it can produce.

In the meantime, stop watching sexist PICS, and go out and find some of that "robustly-bushed" stuff that Ryan was talking about. If PICS can alter the way we conceptualize women's place in the office, that's more than one reason it's NSFW.



Edited by SamoneLenior - Sep 24 2013 at 10:00am
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this thread reminds me of mellowkat, anyone remember her?LOL
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Originally posted by CherryBlossom CherryBlossom wrote:

this thread reminds me of mellowkat, anyone remember her?LOL


LOL sure does...
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"department of duh" -----love it, lol
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Wildfire Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 24 2013 at 10:30am
..i remember coming across these 'shaming and disgarcing' PICS, all with black women being horribly humiliated by white men...there was even one where the guy was grabbing her head, making her slurp up her own puke, pointing at the centre part of her weave and saying something like, "what the hell is that, a zipper?"...


i just dont get it...its one thing that there are sick fvcks out there who provide a market for these types of PICS...but how does one get into that completely base frame of mind to allow themselves to do this type of PICS??

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Drugs, drugs, liqs weed and more drugs
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Wildfire I have a similar story..... there's a movie on netflix (forgot them name) about this pornstar and the PICS industry.. one of the characters was this black girl that would do anytging of it meant more money and fame. She came up with the idea to gangbang I think 50 dudes all at once. Once she got to the set and saw all the guys she tried to back out. The producer offered a little more money.

The look on that actors face broke every piece of my heart especially having delt with abuse myself. Every sinceI can never watch hardcore PICS
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^wow....so wait, did she do it willingly? or semi-raped?
i imagine alot of this happens especially to those new to the industry. straight up trains.


what was the name of the documentary..?


Edited by Wildfire - Sep 24 2013 at 10:42am
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*glances over article* 
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* slither out thread*
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