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A PSA On Sexpectations: Why We Are Here For Melody Ehsani's New 'Porn' Tee

Sexpectations can be stressful.

Human Interest

Sexpectations can be stressful, right? Recently, designer and your royal flyness, Melody Ehsani dropped a new tee for the 2016 and let's just say the PSA couldn't have "come" at a better time.

The O.G. curator of dope things, from cool accessories to limited edition Reebook sneakers, peeled back from any elaborate designs this time, opting instead to let her limited words do the big talking. Choosing a classic white crew neck, the word "PORN" can be seen etched into the shirt's chest. The back, however, goes on to elaborate:

"Dudes out here expect you to do a cartwheel and land on their dick. Bro, FOH! --M.E."

Ahh, simplici-tee at its finest!

Melody also goes deeper into the tee's description, breaking down the meaning and inspiration behind the shirt, regarding the distorted lines that separates computer love from real lovemaking:

"Porn isn't what it was. The stakes keep getting higher and with technology making it so accessible, It's become an epidemic of sorts for many reasons. In this era most males are getting their first intro to sexual education by watching porn. We feel this has created some distortion. Sex is sacred, powerful and should always be about mutuality. Lets talk about it! P.S. If you can do a cartwheel more power to you!"

If this isn't the truth! And per Mel's suggestion to "talk about it," we're going to do just that!

The reality is, like most things taken in excess, porn can lead to unrealistic expectations for sex. And unfortunately in 2016, hardcore pornography can be accessed by nearly any and everyone, dangerously confusing perception for reality to the young and sexless.

Parental control settings for web browsing is a joke and everyone has a phone with internet these days, anyways. And let's not forget that social media is practically soft-core porn within itself. We're all just a hashtag away from clicking into a "Titty Tuesday," "Eggplant Friday," or a "Sweet P***y Saturday," as deemed by rapper Plies.

So what does all the sensationalizing mean? Well for one, for those growing up in the computer era, it allows more and more young women to be viewed (as well as view themselves) as objects and not goddesses. And frankly baby girl, your body is a temple. It should be sanctified, not objectified. Even as adult women many of us know this, yet still tend to forget. So imagine how much harder it is to believe in your exclusivity when you're watching graphic porn in HD, as young as the average age of 10 to 13.

Porn places pressures on both male and females, especially unsuspecting ones, in a few ways:

1. Distorted Male Body Images: the idea that the size of a male's member is the leading factor in measuring your pleasure. When in reality, camera angles play a huge role in how a penis looks on a monitor. Not to mention, it's not always fair to lose interest based on inches.

2. Distorted Female Body Images: The same goes for women feeling like they need to be insanely curvaceous and have fake breasts and/or butts in order to be desired. All shapes are beautiful, and your partner should love and cherish you as is!

3. Party of 3: Sex between two people is so 90's... according to porn these days. Pornography will have you thinking that a party of two just won't do, and that casually throwing in a third person is clutch for a climax. But not so fast. Sex is a beautiful bonding of the bodies and a very personal act. Unless this is something you and your partner both agree to, no woman should feel pressured into inviting someone else into their bed. Just ask our relationship writer, sometimes less is more when you're trying to score. And the extra sweat isn't worth the regret.

4. Inserting Anything, Anywhere: In porn, using foreign objects is seen as the norm. However, when it comes to toys and sex games, there are dangers in product placement- so be careful. A 2014 sex-survey via Reddit showed that the majority of the 100 women surveyed did not prefer being "probed" with objects during sex with their man, no matter how erotic porn makes it look. Sometimes the real deal "D" is all she needs, along with some phenomenal foreplay of course.

5. Duration: Pornography is a movie- literally. And most of us know this. However, something about trying to "recreate" a movie seems to be goals for those going at it in the bedroom. Especially when you're young and impressionable. Truth is, after foreplay, the actual act of sex can last a anywhere between a satisfactory 3 to 7 minutes. Don't believe us? Peep how "Most women are here for 5 minute sex."

All in all, it's okay to watch a good movie but it's important to know the difference between pause and play. The dangers of such explicit exposure for most adolescent and teen introduction to intercourse, is that it is much less a setup for a healthy sex life later, than it is a disaster. Long gone are the days where the "first time" was once portrayed in movies by high school seniors who, although inexperience, at least had enough sense to keep it sensible and sensual more than anything.

Even rapper J.Cole recounted losing his virginity in his track, "Wet Dreamz," where he rapped a few lines about his first time, admitting he felt pressure to satisfy his partner, who herself was a virgin:

I'm hoping that she won't notice it's my first time
I'm hoping that my sh-t is big enough to f-ck with
And most of all I'm praying, "God don't let me bust quick"
I'm watching pornos trying to see just how to stroke right

At the end of the day, Melody's "PORN" tee is pretty neat. No one is saying you can't spice it up in the bedroom, just make sure that the "seasoning" is even-- and that both parties are making it hot! At the end of the day, love making should be a mutual exchange of the minds and bodies, not just a demand from one partner. Sex should be respected more than expected. And it should always, always be consensual!

Get Melody Ehsani's "PORN" tee here! What are your thoughts on it?

ACLU By ACLUSponsored

Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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