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PORN STARfilled with prejudice and hate, why not find a
PORN STARleader that's all about equality'?
Continued from Page 10B Political Wheeling and Dealing: Holmes
served as a liason to the Los Angeles Police
Family values: Since he's a former porn star, Department to avoid prosecution for pimping
Heartland Americans will certainly be skepti- and pandering in 1973. In the '80s, he worked
_al of his connection to family life. Yet Holmes with the mafia, an essential alliance for any
hasn't had just one wife like most presidents, good politician.
he had several! Congresional Gridlock: No need to be con-
Sexual Objectification of Women: cerned about filibusters and other such
Feminists are sure to be similarly wary. But nuances, Holmes has historically gotten his
Holmes is not known for gender bias. Although way by performing sexual favors. No more
he screwed scads of women, Holmes was just powerless Executive Branch!
as likely to be seen nailing men. In a world Foreign Policy: As the title of his 1978 film

Johnn'irDoes Pars suggests, he's been there,
done that. Moreover, he worked with Ilona
"Ciccolina" Staller, an eventual member of the
Italian Parliament.
The War on Drugs: Like presidential hope-
ful George W. Bush, Holmes had a dubious
past. But he was never convicted of drunk dri-
ving and, certainly, he now regrets the error of
his wavs.
You might ask, didn't John Holmes die from
AIDS in 1988' Yes, he did. But pornography
insiders debate over whether he contracted
HIV through sexual contact. So he's still a
wholesome candidate.

Also, recall that the state of Missouri already
elected their deceased governor to the Senate
this fall. Furthermore, interim positions are
generally awarded in symbolic gestures of
appreciation for someone who has trudged up
through the ranks. Thus nothing would be more
appropriate than to bestow the title of
Commander in Chief to America's ultimate
-1f iou ntsou like a 'uJhn C. Holmes, a
Pornographic President' button, contact John
at juh/l@amtiicl.edii. The 'Porn fir Prez'
bumper stickers and la i i'signs will be avail-
able soon.

Can women enjoy the "Oh, ooh of porn like men?

y Marie Bernard
For the Daily
If we went to a frat party at Blow Job
University, a fine institution featured in
a series of pornographic films, eight
thirsty nymphettes would be ready and
waiting to have their "pretty hot faces
If real life was anything like these
movies, emotionless sex would run
rampant through our campus. It could
occur spontaneously in a chemistry
review session or at a suspiciously
female-dominated house party. In
essence. all men would be permanently
blessed with that awed after-orgasm
gaze and all women would be ready for
more. Life would be a non-stop orgy.
"Porn is a fantasv," LSA freshman
Tom Dahl said. "It's not supposed to be
truthful in any sense."
Although pornography promises
Hooter Gills Lesbian Sexxxx and those
coyly deviant school girls, actual life
seems to fall remtarikably short of those
expectations. IHowevcr, men seem to be
more attached to this popular fantasy
world wheras women are designated
as having no interest or desire in such a
wild miits of enteraiinent. The rela-
tionship women have to pornography is
more often a mixture of repulsion and
exclusion,i sense that this genre was
not constructed for their enjoyment and
will never bring them the same pleasure
that it proides men.
For men, porniss "a rite of passage.
You're not a man until you've watched a
lot of porn ILSA freshman Mike
Borrecmo said. Men date their first
experience with pornography back to a
very young age, often as pre-pubescent
as seven of eight.
VWheras men, in general, are able to
cite their favorite flicks and often their
favorite ptrn stars it isn't even safe to

assume that a woman has seen a porn
movie. Hovever, according to the
Feminism and Free Speech Website,
half of adult videos in the U.S are
bought or rented by women or women
in couples. But it's hard to find many
college women willing to admit such an
experience. Though some admit to
watching it with a boyfriend or as a
joke, not many women would admit to
downloading flicks like "Eighteen and
Nasty" from Internet server Scour.
"There's some porn that will show
every women's body part but never the
man's penis. The ones that show the
male anatomy are hard-core disgusting
... they show everythiis" LSA fresh-
man Lonnie Rappaport said. "My sex
drive can be equal to that of a man, but
I would personally r athe iWatch the

stuff that's more sensual."
Or, as LSA freshman Lauren
McGuire said, adult videos "have
women getting with women, and the
women are always the pretty ones and
the men are always nasty and sleazy."
The abundance of pornography
seems to cater towards a male-only
demographic, although that has been
changing as American society becomes
more progressive and liberal. However,
many students seem to believe that
women will never react to pornography
in the same way that men do.
"Gus react better to visual stimuli.
but girls need some sort of emotional
attachment to a live being." LSA sopho-
stmsire iodi Quano said.
The popular opinion seems to rely on
the concept that women are not as casi-

ly stimulated by strangers. Ethan
Sterling, an LSA freshman, said "Men
can get a sexual feeling out of just see-
ing a naked body and not knowing the
Tristan Taormino, an arts writer for
the Village Voice, recently wrote,
"Some straight women have no interest
in porn, plot or no plot. The publishers
may deny it. left and right, but I still
believe that the only reason 'Playgirl'
stays in business is all the gay men with
straight-guy fantasies."
Femme Productions, a new' line of
erotic videos for women, features films
that have more realistic characters and
story lines. They tend to focus more on
the women's pleasure and passionate
sex. Additionally, slash, gtenre of
Internet-distributed pornography, fea-

tures male-on-male homoerotic stories
written by women and for women. This
popular form of fan fiction features
characters from popular television pro-
grams, such as Kirk and Spock or
Starsky and Hutch. Apparently, women
appreciate seeing two men in an equal
and sensual relationship rather than one
man getting it from both sides with
whips and chains.
As many of society's sexual taboos
are being broken down and the "hook-
up" has become a college standard, per-
haps it won't be long before women are
able to find a release to their hidden
"animalistic urges."
After all, as LSA freshman Matt
Wlarren said, "I ntik it's just society's
taboos. Women like sex too, don't

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