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

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

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

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

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,

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

argument against pornography is that the media portrays women as being
nothing more

than sexual playthings and objects to satisfy male sexual desires. As
before, the media

once again, is not to be held responsible for creating this image;
these views are

products of society.

It would be absurded to assume that women in this society are
treated as sexual

objects only because the media releases or broadcasts pornographic
material. A

magazine associated with make-up and skin care, for example, will quite
obviously not

be concentrating on much else. Such a magazine would not display
pictures of women

who mountain-climb or women who water-ski; only images of make-up and

referring to skin care would be relevant. Clearly, society does not
consider women to be

beings who\'s only purpose in life is to worry about make-up and skin
care; but why are

the complaints only directed towards pornographic media then? The
answer to this

question may be more complicated, however, what remains obvious is that
the media

does not portray women as only being able to fill male sexual desires.
To say that

pictures featuring nudity, etc, are making objects out of women is
foolish. One should

consider females who pin-up posters of male rock stars or children who
collect hockey

or baseball cards. Society, however, does not say that objects are
being made out