The college course on pornography

uncomfortableAt Pasadena City College, there’s a course called Navigating Pornography, taught by Hugo Schwyzer.

The course discusses what pornography is to most people, why people perceive it as shameful to watch, and why it isn’t something that shouldn’t be discussed in a more open setting.

Pornography is an open book to a lot of people, yet very private to others. The course doesn’t necessarily preach that you should watch pornography, but rather discuss the merits of the medium as anything else that can be consumed for pleasure.

Why are some people disgusted speaking about pornography if it satisfies a want or need in much the same way that food does?

Schwyzer states that the most serious problem with pornography is “not how it represents women or how it can become addictive. The most serious problem … 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.”

Interestingly, he goes on to discuss the problem with young students, though in order for students to take the class, they must have been open-minded enough to see the value in it in the first place.

Regardless, take a look at the short video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.