The word pornography comes from the Greek meaning, whore, harlot, prostitute, and to buy or sell a woman” (Oprah,2009). The word alone is degrading to women, how bad could the actual acts be? There are so many forms pornography comes in: magazines, posters, music, videos, and the most popular, the internet. This all makes it way too easy to access. Some of the serious effects include violent and degrading acts towards women, the difference between a real sex life and the ones on TV, and the sexual problems that pornography contributes to for many, many couples.
“There are more adult bookstores than MacDonald’s in the U.S each year. Pornography is an 8 billion dollar-a year business and have annual box sales of $50 million” (Oprah, 2009).
Lust aside, porn is dangerous and destructive for many reasons. First of all, it gives an unrealistic view of the female body. The women in these videos are stick thin, air-brushed from head to toe, make up covering any sort of blemish, and of course large fake breasts. And on top of all these additions they alter and photoshop the videos to look even more perfect! “How can a man look at these false images of "sexual perfection" and not begin to think less of his wife? How can he not be affected by these images? And when he thinks "my wife would look better with larger breasts" or "I wish my wife would shave her pubic hair like that" is he not coveting other woman who do look that way?”(The Marriage Bed, Inc, 2009). Men are comparing their wives to these unrealistic female figures and wanting them to change. How is this fair to any woman?
People who watch pornography get an immediate response and of course the outcome, a positive reinforcement. “It is impossible for men to watch porn and not be affected” (The Marriage Bed, Inc, 2009).The brain is meant for learning and is vulnerable to operant conditioning. If a human is getting positively reinforced, chances are the future behaviour will increase. It is common sense; this is why people are being so affected by all these pornographic websites. Porn is not real sex; it is made specifically for money for the people who produce it. This is why the producers continue to make it. “The faster and stronger the turn on, the more likely a man will come back and pay for more” (The Marriage Bed, Inc, 2009). Realistic behaviours like love, respect, romance, and commitment are not found in pornography. Instead they replace those aspects with the belief that spontaneous sex is common and those important behaviours are no longer necessary. “Oral sex is extremely common in pornography since it's easier to get camera close ups and therefore more visually arousing than intercourse, the more common positions used for intercourse do not film well, so porn is full of strange and impossible positions, and a lot of action and movement is more arousing than soft, slow, gentle sex, so only the fast and hard kind is shown” (The Marriage Bed, Inc, 2009). People do not realize that everything in porn videos is specifically altered to benefit the producer. The oral sex and impossible positions don’t benefit the women, probably not even the men. All of these factors are just needs of the camera man. In porn videos they make it seem that women don’t need any sort of foreplay and everything just naturally stimulates. And of course in the videos the men need proof of orgasms so women scream, thrash, and exaggerate during a climax and the ejaculation must be seen. Is this what is expected of the female in relationships in today’s society? There are going to be a lot of disappointed men…
“Illicit sex arouses, so porn is full of fornication, adultery, lesbianism, threesomes, orgies, and rape” (The Marriage Bed, Inc, 2009) .What kind of wives are willing to bring these additions into their bedroom to spice things up? It’s disgusting that these sources of media are trying to illustrate that this is “arousing” and “fun”… it’s not acceptable. Men are bound to get...
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