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In Koedt’s essay “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm? and Dworkin’s essay “Pornography? both authors argue that in our patriarchal society, women are seen or portrayed as objects meant to accommodate men’s sexual desires. Dworkin uses the way women are portrayed in pornography to demonstrate her point while Koedt points to the inconsistencies surrounding society’s ideas of the vaginal orgasm as well as explaining why men allow the myth to continually be perpetuated.
Men maintain the myth of the vaginal orgasm because it benefits them sexually. Penetration of the vagina is needed for the man’s sexual pleasure. Even if the man is aware that it is not causing the female to properly climax, he probably won’t really care, or choose to please the women over getting pleasure himself. Women are then made to feel abnormal because they aren’t climaxing from coitus and that they are at fault. Koedt sums it up by saying that women are “simply afraid to establish their right to equal enjoyment, seeing the sexual act as being primarily for the man’s benefit,? (180).
This theory works with Dworkin’s ideas of pornography as portraying all women as whores because both ideas place men as the “main character? and cast women as “secondary characters?. Dworkin argues that pornography always shows women as a “graphic depiction of the lowest whores? (183). She relies on the ancient Greek meaning of the word pornography which states that “porne? means “the cheapest..least protected of all women, including slaves,? (183) to back up this point. She views all porn as objectification of women.
If a woman is just an object, her pleasure is not important. The two essays work together to validate the point that women are viewed as objects designed to pleasure men. This works in society because pornography makes women into objects and its is not important for a simple object for orgasm, so long as the main character, the man, is happy.