The one problem with that is romance novels have a very limited audience, (those few smart enough to read tabliods, yet stupid enought to want to, and that's about it). Same people reading them are the same people reading whatever those gossip/conspiracy rags are at the grocery check out counter. I'm happy to say I've never really met one.
Actually, yes, you have. Its just not many will confess it.
Here's a little bit of interesting information- but don't take my word for it.
What daily publication has the highest
In the US? the UK?AUS?CAN?France?Spain?Russia?Japan?China?
What magazines with gratuitious scantily clad females, or Fabio, on their covers have the highest circulation?
What's the ratio of "romance/passion" fiction sales compared to, say...
Why are some publications sold at market checkout counters and on racks, while others are sold at book sellers?
do extensive research, or simply ask the folks that sell these things. (and maybe the local Post Master!) I'd like to suggest that Officially Authorised Govt. Data
would be suspect here (as always)!
I won't even go into targeted cable television here!
Mail order and subscription is another realm as well.
And of course, what is "I know it when I see it/read it" pornography?
I propose, for this conversation, (perhaps others) that the American movie/television ratings system be the referance standard. I'm not familiar with other standards but I believe the American standard has the fussiest "grades" of assumed judgement.
So, here's my question, should I take this up with the professor, and how?
Ask your professor more about the importance of packaging "triggers" for the targeted sales demographic for products that are essentially unessential, and universal truths practiced by the advertising industry despite widespread desire of high intellectual self image. Also ask if insight from psychatry (NOT a psycology) on the mechanics of addiction might be in order. A conversation with a political speachwriter (NOT a debate wonk), or playwright may be in order as well.
Turn the speech from men and porn to stereotypes of men.
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, turn it into a conversation about the fact that stereotypes exist, based on culmitive observations of demographic groups, for an inescapeable reason!
I suggest - "While this communications statement card may present males in a sociologicly dimmer light in a contemporary classroom full of "inquireing minds", the facts supported by sales due to marketing, or public opinion due to clever oration, for the last 2500 years show that there are distinct (as well as self percieved) differences between men and women, rich and poor, mountain and valley dwellers, skinny and fat, and strong and weak, and that an appeal to the basest of these perspective interests wll elicit the strongest incentive to exchange ones assets, however obtained, to "own" a precieved self-image reinforcement."
Bear in mind-(I ASSUME) this statement card was not presented as a judgement, merely as a "talking point". It would probably serve better as a point of gender recognition rather then gender debate.