Ron Jeremy Debates Merits of Porn

JONESBORO, Arkansas – Legendary porn star and former New York City school teacher Ron Jeremy went up against anti-porn feminist Susan G. Cole this week in a heated debate that garnered a huge turnout of University of Arkansas students and faculty members, many of whom sported t-shirts stating "I Love Porn" and "I Agree With Ron."

Jeremy and Cole each took sides of the porn debate, Jeremy arguing that porn is acceptable, mainstream American entertainment, and Cole arguing that porn is a form of exploitive "slavery" for women.

Cole is the author of numerous articles on violence against women, a book titled "Pornography and the Sex Crisis," and she has been an outspoken critic of porn films since the 1970s when Jeremy first launched his career.

According to reports from the Crimson White, UA's college newspaper, Jeremy's side of the debate was far more well-favored by the rowdy crowd of porn-loving college students, who frequently booed Cole on stage.

Cole was also the subject of a few rude questions from students during a question and answer period in which Jeremy pressed the point that women in the porn industry are far from being "enslaved," and that porn has actually given women ample professional opportunities. Jeremy used porn icon Jenna Jameson as an example.

Jeremy was also critical of hypocrisy in the media when it comes to labeling content "porn," when many mainstream feature films show just as much explicit sex as many porn films do.

At one point, members of the audience began chanting "Pornography rules," and some of the debate's attendees, a group called the "Mallet Assembly," introduced themselves to Jeremy and Cole as the "biggest porn enthusiasts on campus."

Jeremy's appearance at UA closely follows the ending of his television show, "The Surreal Life," a WB production that contrasted Jeremy's lifestyle as a porn icon with oddball characters such as Tammy Faye Bakker, 1980s television idol Erik Estrada, and former rapper Vanilla Ice.

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