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Sex Column Depicts women as objects

I came across a copy of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Northern Light Newspaper at a coffee house downtown.  I decided to take it home to see what the local University had to offer.  I was shocked and appalled when I came across an article titled “Discovering the magic of male ‘pleasure points’” in the “features” section of the April 2nd edition of the paper. 

As I began to read what I can only describe as pornography, it became quite clear to me that the writer of this article is perpetuating the view that women are only good for male sexual pleasure.  The tone of the article along with the brazen language baffled me.  I was thinking to myself, “Did the editor of this newspaper even read this article before it was published”?  I couldn’t believe that an editor would allow this into any respected publication. 

While I don’t speak for the United States Army, in my experience as the Army Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Program Manager at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, I can tell you that this type of writing negatively affects the push for prevention in the sense that the article tells Anchorage’s college men that women are nothing more than sexual objects for their pleasure to be used and discarded at their will. 

The article also tells young college women that their top priority in a relationship is to ensure they are pleasuring their man regardless of whether or not it is painful to them.  This point is proven when the writer states “Have you ever wondered why the second or third time for a man is always better?  This is because the vulva swells…”  I find it repellent and disturbing that no one on this staff took the time to read this article.

If I am wrong and someone did take the time to read the article then I believe that person should be removed from their position because they are unable or unwilling to make sound decisions for this community.  Anchorage was listed on Forbes Magazine as the second most dangerous city for women to live in.  The Alaska rape rate is 2.5 times the national average.  We need to not only provide services for victims.  We need to be pro-active in eliminating this type of trash from being presented to our youth.  The key to fighting the number of sexual assaults within Alaska is changing the mindset of its people.   Allowing this type of vulgarity only breeds a callous attitude towards sex.  Stop giving excuses and Fix it.  Anchorage and Alaska are better than this.  I’m sure the University of Alaska is filled with fresh talent that would love an opportunity to take this column’s direction into more appropriate relationship related issues sans filth.

Respectfully,

1LT Letha M. Johnston

Written by Letter to the Editor