When dealing with porn viewing, the general consensus seems to be that compartmentalization is a good thing. That always seemed strange to me, that the ability to compartmentalize people would be viewed as a good thing. “Don’t worry, I can separate fantasy from reality.” “Don’t worry I can separate porn women from real women.” So I did a bit of research into this compartmentalization thing. As someone on Nine Deuce’s blog once said:
“It’s A-OK to segregate some women into a Fuck Objects To Be Used & Abused compartment of the brain because why exactly? Compartmentalization is a learned skill, it’s the product of a society that accords full human status to a percentage of members (men), who then get to choose to what degree any given member of the second, lesser-human class (women) gets to be human.
It cracks me up whenever men proudly proclaim the ability to “compartmentalize”, completely oblivious that they’re announcing their status as a member of the dominant, fully human class that gets to decide whether or not women get to be human, and to what extent. Hey, yeah, good for you, buddy. Just keep on informing the world that you revel in your male superiority. It serves as a warning signal for those of us enlightened enough to know better that Here Thar Be Misogynists.
In fact, I would argue that any person capable of “compartmentalization” is borderline sociopathic and should be avoided at all costs. Compartmentalizing people is how genocide happens, it’s how war is justified, it’s how the rich get away with marginalizing the poor – it’s at the root of every rationalization for one group being more human/deserving than another.”
My research into this turned up the following. When it comes to psychology, here are the main things I came up with:
“Compartmentalization is a state of dissociation.”
Like people do when they experience something horrific or terrifying, so that they can continue to function on a basic level. This eliminates problematic things such as emotions or the ability to feel things (like empathy). Indeed, one of the top hits for psychology is compartmentalization associated with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), so that people can separate horrifying things in their brains from other aspects of thought so they are able to function. This means an admission of compartmentalization with porn is the admission of a need to separate horrifying, disgusting, violent things away in order to get pleasure from it. Otherwise you’d realize it was a terrible, misogynistic thing to exist.
… people with a borderline level of organization… have to compartmentalize people into “all good” and “all bad”, on the principle that ‘compartmentalizing experiences… prevents conflict stemming from the incompatibility of the two polarized aspects of self or other’. Often, ‘when the individual is confronted with the contradictions in behavior, thought, or affect, he/she regards the differences with bland denial or indifference.
All good, versus all bad. i.e. the madonnas and the whores. The women you fuck and the women you “respect.” And I believe the polarized aspects referred to here are the feelings of wanting to see women as fully human versus the feelings of being aroused by hating women. Therefore, compartmentalization is necessary so that these two polar opposites (hating women or seeing women as fully human) can coexist for a happy porn viewing experience. I believe this would be more accurate if at the end of denial and indifference they also added a rage against women and especially feminists. That denial/indifference? How many times have you heard “Oh who cares, it’s just PORN mind your own business!” With no acknowledgement of the arguments made. Or the “Well a lot of guys may like act A, but I wouldn’t ever like that, stop lumping us together!” Hmmm….
the ‘simplicity…[of] splitting everything into neat compartments of “good” and “bad” does several things for us, all of which make us feel better. First, it helps us feel part of a “good” group – that’s comforting. Second, we can relax our usual standards of correct behaviour for a bit…
They make you feel better, but they don’t actually make doing it any better. This makes a lot of sense. When you compartmentalize yourself into a good group, it’s easier to justify your use. “Well I’m not the one raping/beating/hurting her, so I’m still a good guy.” “There’s other porn that’s worse than what I use, so I’m still OK.” And that second point is a good one. Compartmentalization allows lax standards for empathy and respect. That’s a very important one. It’s necessary to remove yourself from the regular part of your brain where women are human to a place where women do exist solely for the purpose of satisfying any and every violent degrading demand.
And the best for last:
This process is called Compartmentalization– sectioning off parts of the intellect so that certain subjects, like religion, can be protected from rational, critical thinking.
Because if the user didn’t compartmentalize it away from rational thought, hide it in a special place in his brain where critical thinking couldn’t touch it, there’s no way he could justify his enjoyment of something clearly painful, degrading, and humiliating. He couldn’t justify enjoying something where this is a high likelihood that at least sometimes the woman is really being raped, is a trafficked woman. So because it feels good, it gets put away someplace where those thoughts can’t apply to it. It would not be possible to enjoy porn as it exists today were it not for the “ability” to place it behind special logic-proof walls.
Compartmentalization does work. It causes the user to feel entitled to label women as human or not, real people or things to fuck, etc… Only a person in a position of entitlement could experience this type of god complex, deciding who is and isn’t human, who does and doesn’t deserve abuse based on whether she turns him on. What puts a woman in one category? Once she loses her virginity she’s no longer human? If she’s hot? If she wears a certain type of underwear? This means some people actually begin to feel some woman (all of whom are thinking, breathing, feeling, human beings) deserve to be raped, deserve to be beaten, tortured, murdered, etc… Because this user has learned to compartmentalize. When something revolting happens to a woman, she can be compartmentalized away as a “disgusting pig” or a deserving “slut” because porn has taught him that some women deserve this treatment. Some women are born for this, to be fucked brutally, to be raped.
If this doesn’t happen, then explain why so many serial killers target prostituted women. Because to men they are different than other women, compartmentalized into things versus women. He compartmentalizes them as fuckdolls, and because they are not human to him, it means he is entitled to do anything he can to get his sexual fix, even if that involves killing her. You can’t rape or murder someone if they aren’t human.
When the woman he’s with is in pain to satisfy his need for anal sex or something else he saw in porn, he can compartmentalize it away as different from his own pain. Compartmentalize her away as less than human, her pain is a lesser pain than a pain he’d experience. If this isn’t true then why do men find it acceptable when a woman gags on his penis, why do they find it sexy if a woman is in pain from anal penetration while at the same time insisting it’s a completely different thing (too painful) for her to find a way to do the same to him?
This is how genocide happens. Jews were compartmentalized as less than human so they could be tortured and killed (yes, yes Godwin’s law, but it actually is relevant here so eff off with the straw man), black people in America were compartmentalized as less than human so they could be enslaved. Women are compartmentalized as less than human to be sex toys for men.