a. Where is pornography
b. What is pornography
2. Economics of Pornography
c. Profitability and Availability
3. Harm Cause by Pornography
Pornography is one of the most harmful industries of both the 20th and 21st centuries. It has been heavily commercialized and made easily available on in our society. It has been promoted up to a point in which we can safely say that it has become part of our culture. It is clearly seen how it has been adapted to subliminally and explicitly be present in almost everything around us. From the various forms of art such as literature (erotica), paintings, and sculptures, to modern entertainment, pornography has established its roots in all corners of our poisoned society. The music we listen to in the radio every day contains sexual themes in its lyrics. The advertising billboards we look at in highways and roads on the way to our jobs, schools or homes are never without the showy semi naked model that covers around 60% of the billboard. Most of the movies we watch at the theatre nowadays contain one or more sexual scenes. Not even at home we are safe from pornography since it is extremely easy for it to slip in through television advertising and internet popups. We are bombarded by pornography 24/7 and some of us don’t even notice it. Oxford’s dictionary defines pornography as “printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.”
Part of the reason why pornography has proliferated so much in the past century is because it is something useful. How so? Someone might as “If it’s something useful, how is it that is has become part of our culture until now and not centuries ago?” Simple, it’s because it is now profitable. Pornography has existed since prehistoric times. Archeologists have found figurines and small statues with what clearly appears to be naked women. Although at that time the naked body of a woman was not considered pornographic or offensive material, it is pornography for us today. Centuries passed and pornography continued to stand a small part of each civilization’s culture. It became a business when at some point someone came up with idea of charging for it, just like it was done with prostitution. According to Family Safe Media, a company that emphasizes in helping parents control media at their homes, every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography, 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines, and every 39 minutes a new pornographic video is being created in the United States. With this statistics there is no wonder why pornography has had such a huge increase in the later years. Pornography is an industry that generates $97.06 billion each year with $86.44 billion coming from China ($27.40 billion), South Korea ($25.73 billion), Japan ($19.98 billion) and the United States ($13.33 billion) alone. In 2005 Pamela Paul wrote an article named “From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm” which said: Today, the number of people looking at pornography
is staggering. Americans rent upwards of 800 million
pornographic videos and DVDs (about one in ﬁve of all
rented movies is porn), and the 11,000 porn ﬁlms shot each year far outpaces Hollywood’s yearly slate of 400. Four billion dollars a year is spent on video pornography in the United
States, more than on football, baseball, and basketball. One in four internet users look at a pornography website in any given month. Men look at pornography online more than they look
at any other subject. And 66% of 18–34-year-old men visit a pornographic site every month.
Mrs. Paul provides us some comparative data to have an idea of how much was the pornography industry worth in...
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