The "porn fight" SLLOTD is SO fake! And if I hear one more person say "men are visual creatures" as though women's eyeballs are detached at the root, I'm going to shove one of my detachable eyeballs up that person's left nostril.

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The porn fights promoted in your column are as canned and stereotyped as World Federation Wrestling, and so are your "all men" this and "all women" that responses. You know what's tiring? When someone starts a sentence about 3.5 billion different people with an "all."

Fellow readers, can we please tell Savage that unless he stops pushing sexism, we're breaking up with him?

Sleepy

My response after the jump...

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Hm.

I don't think I've ever used the expression "men are visual creatures," although some of my readers no doubt have. For the record I believe that women are visual creatures, too. And I don't think I've ever started a sentence about 3.5 billion people with an "all." And if I did, well, I wasn't being completely serious. And I have said that when we make generalizations about billions of people—all men this, all women that—we need to bear in mind that there will be tens of millions of exceptions. And I've highlighted responses from women who don't mind porn and/or actually enjoy it themselves.

A sloppy reading of my mail would lead one to believe that women who don't mind and/or enjoy porn are exceptional, Sleepy, but that's because the overwhelming majority of the women who write to me about porn have issues about it—and the issue is rarely that their boyfriends and/or husbands aren't watching enough.

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But I categorically reject the assertion that I am somehow ginning up a male/female conflict/split over porn where none exists. The mail pours in, Sleepy, and most of the people who object are women and most of the people who defend are men. It's not all women vs. all men. But there is a split and it falls roughly along sex lines for ocular and/or other reasons.

I wasn't going to run any more letters about porn after the one you flagged as fake—I think it's all too real—but I'm running yours, Sleepy, because I needed to get that off my chest. Your letter will, no doubt, kick off a fresh round of generalizations about men and women and porn and eyeballs.

And you have no one to blame but yourself.

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