Pornography In The Media

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Pornography in the Media



Pornography in the Media
It started by way of messengers and scribes, evolved through the
presentation of newspapers and radio, brought us together with
television, and now serves us world- wide via the ever-popular
Internet. It is the mass media, and even from the earliest days of its
existence, it has contributed greatly in ways that both enlighten and
enrich society, and ways that deteriorate and perplex it. It is not a
surprise to learn, then, that the mass media is the most powerful
source of information we have, and nothing else in today's world
influences public perception quite as heavily.

Unfortunately, however, most of what is broadcast or transmitted in the
news today is with reference to the chaotic condition of our planet, or
something else that society as a whole sees as detrimental or
damaging. But the news on television is not the only type of media
taking the criticism of society. Other forms of mass media,
specifically movies and television programs containing pornography and
violence have been heavily criticized. The underlining concept to be
debated here is that society is negatively influenced, specifically, by
these images of pornography and the result is increased violence
against women. This assumption, and it is indeed only an assumption, is
completely fallacious, however, as no concrete and completely
conclusive

evidence has ever been formulated in support of the theory. The key
premise here is

that the mass media does not cause undesirable social behaviour and in
actuality, the

media people should not be dubbed as the "bad guys". They simply use
their power in

the most constructive ways possible in order to promote their ratings
and popularity.

One way to do that is to concentrate on what sells: sex, violence and
disaster.

Having said this, why is it then, that many in society still
believe otherwise; why do

they continue to believe that pornography is "evil" and is a major
cause for violence

against women, specifically rape? There are many reasons for this
misinterpretation and

through the following few points, an attempt will be made to show that
pornography

has very little to almost no correlation with violence against women
(of course nothing is

"absolute" in society). In order to demonstrate this, it must be made
evident that

pornography is not "evil" and does not cause undesirable social
behaviour by displaying

nude women in sexually explicit circumstances. Thus, it is important
to indicate that

women are not treated only as sexual objects through the media. This
is done in an

attempt to quash any traces of "evil" in pornography. Subsequently, a
second point, that

some may consider to be completely bizarre, can be addressed; that
pornography

actually reduces the amount of violence against women.

For thousands of years, sex itself has been considered "evil"
and revolting. This is

exactly why the concealment of the sex organs and teaching feelings of
shame toward

human sexuality is so common worldwide. These same feelings of shame
are the chief

reasons that sex is considered a personal and private matter. Contrary
to the beliefs of

many, the mass media did not create these settings; society creates
this image. In some

societies, women have no reservations with regard to living their
entire live completely

naked, while in other societies, females cover themselves from head to
toe, only

revealing their eyes. The media has been bombarded with criticism,
overwhelmingly

from the female community, relative to the amount of sexually explicit
material that is

published in magazines and that appears on television and in the
cinemas. A common

ar

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