Cross Cultural Deviance: Pornography
American & Christian Cultures
Pornography, also known as “porn” in informal usage, is appreciated by many but is also despised by a great population. Pornography has often been subject to censorship and legal restraints to publication on grounds of obscenity. Such grounds and even the definition of pornography have differed in various historical, cultural, and national contexts. With the emergence of social attitudes more tolerant of sexuality and more specific legal definitions of obscenity, an industry for the production and consumption of pornography arose in the latter half of the 20th century. The introduction of home video and the Internet saw booms in a worldwide porn industry that generates billions of dollars annually.
From a personal point of view, I feel pornography is not actually a negative. Watching pornography is not inherently harmful to men or women. Although I believe there are people who probably shouldn’t watch pornography, like those with poor body image or those who have been sexually victimized. Depending on your choice in viewing, you can develop unrealistic expectations about sex or what people like or how you’ll be expected to “perform”. Candida Royalle wrote a piece for The New York Times stating that she doesn’t believe in sex and porn addictions, that it is just one’s compulsive personality. I disagree, although the “Frequency” is a result of a compulsive personality, an addiction is very real and dangerous. I also believe that everyone is responsible for one’s own person and partake in activity at their own risk.
A Christianized Culture has given “porn” the label of Morally Offensive Material. Also a 2006 study reported by Morality in Media found that 73 percent of U.S. adults think that viewing pornographic websites and videos is morally unacceptable. Males, ages 18 to 34, were more likely to say viewing pornographic material is morally acceptable bthan older males and females...
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