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Pornography3




The causes of the deterioration of society are attributed to many parts of human nature.
Actions, feelings, and events have all been blamed for the rise in crime and violence.
None of these, however, have created as much controversy as pornography. Anti-pornography
groups have tried to make all forms of this entertainment illegal. These activists blame
pornography for the increase in sexual violence, the degradation of women, and a blockade
to the first amendment.

Truly a multi-media event, pornography can be seen in magazines, theaters, television
programming, bars, clubs, telephone numbers, and the Internet. The term “pornography” is
derived from the Greek word prone, which means “whore,” and graphing, which means, “to
write.” So, literally, pornography translates to “the writings of harlots” or “depictions
of acts of prostitutes.” The broad field of pornography is divided into two fields,
hard-core and soft core. The difference between the two is that in hard-core porn,
“genital manipulation and penetration are visible” (Media and Gender Monitor).

Hard-core pornography can only be bought in specialty, “adult only” stores. Other ways
that this can be seen is through pay-per view and the Internet. Late night movies on
ShowTime and other premium cable channels are good examples of soft-core pornography.
These movies often show nudity and sexual situations. However, these shows never show the
act of intercourse explicitly (Media and Gender Monitor). Magazines like Playboy and
Penthouse are not exactly true pornography because there is no sex involved at all.
Magazines, like these, are characterized as exotica (McElroy).

Even though hard-core pornography is harder to get than soft-core, many moral
conservatives and radical feminists choose to blur the distinction. Most even include
erotica in as pornography. This causes problems because these activist groups are trying
to ban everything “pornographic.”

For example, conservatives and feminists are trying to link the increase in sexual
violence with pornography. The increase in violence has never even been proven in
relation to hard-core pornography. Most of the groups that conduct experiments in attempt
to prove this theory must find no conclusive evidence. Both the pro-censorship Meese
Commission Report and Metropolitan Toronto Task Force on Violence Against Women have
admitted that none of the research has been consistent linking violence to pornography
(McElroy). Obviously, if hard-core porn does not even evoke violence, imagining violence
stemming from the harmless pictures in magazines, which are often tastefully done, is
absurd.

Also, pornography is considered violent because “women are coerced into [sexual acts]
(McElroy). However, the accounts of actual rape and abuse that occur as a direct result
of porn are very few in regard to the amount of women in the industry. As mentioned
earlier, the films and pictures themselves are not conducive to sexual violence either.
Women in abusive consensual relationships or women often report the violence that is
documented within the industry from abusive childhoods (Media and Gender Monitor).

In reality, an experiment conducted by Dr. Suzanne Ageton showed that membership in a
delinquent peer group accounted for three-quarters of sexual aggression. Comparison of
sex crimes by nation is interesting as well. Japan, whose pornography is extremely
violent and unrestricted, has only 2.4 rapes per 100,000 people. On the other hand, the
United States “boasts” a whopping 34.5 rapes per 100,000 (Feminism).

Anti-pornography advocates have made accusations concerning the degradation of women.
“Pro-sex” feminists, however, vehemently deny this. These women feel that pornography
liberates women to express themselves in roles that society has dubbed taboo. Wendy
McElroy, author of the book XXX: A Woman’s Right to Pornography, writes, “Pro-sex
feminists retain a consistent interpretation of the principle ‘a woman’s body, a woman’s
right’ and insist that every peaceful choice a woman makes with her own body must be
accorded full legal protection, if not respect” (McElroy). The president of the ACLU
also defends the right to pornography with respect to women’s rights. Not only is she the
ACLU’s president, but also Nadine Strossen has written a book entitled Defending
Pornography. “Some sex industry workers affirm their occupational choice in explicitly
feminist terms, stressing that they find it empowering as well as enjoyable” (Strossen
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