Pornography “Pornography comes from the Greek root porne (harlot, prostitute, or female captive) and graphos (writing about or description of)” (Buchwald 35). Already the word pornography has a negative connotation towards women condemning women of porn to a submissive or exploited role. The pornography industry is predominantly a male owned and run business, hence the male perspectives portrayed versus the female perspectives portrayed in pornography. There is a lack of women, in the controlling ranks of the porn industry, calling the shots; this could be one possible contributor to the majority of pornography having content that belittles women in subtle even in blatantly purposeful ways apparent to any audience member.
It is so easy for a person to point fingers and place blame someone or something else when situations does not go one’s way. There are ridiculous law suits against fast food restaurants because people claim the food got them fat; however, they were not forced to eat at the restaurant to begin with. The food is not the problem, the problem is the person’s mentality and how he feels about food. Claiming that porn takes away from an intimate relationship is not fair because is really an individual problem and it should not be generalized to the public. If one’s interpersonal union is being disturbed I do not think it is fair to blame that on watching porn. In this case, porn is not the problem it is the solution. Most porn addictions start when a man or woman feels like they are lacking in some aspect of their sexual life. The sense that “something is missing” causes one to look beyond what is presented in front of them in order to de satisfied. Some result to cheating while others result to watching pornography. If someone results to watching pornography it indicates that the relationship is already lacking that personal
The Pornography Debate Pornography has been the topic of discussion in the court systems for years. Many would like to see legislation against it and software to filter it. The problem is it's not that easy and making laws against it would pose a problem against the first amendment. There have many issues brought up on the grounds that it is demoralizing to women and is filth for the eyes of children. But, is pornography really that harmful?
This is indeed a touchy subject. This particular court case is one that has sparked a great deal of debate and one that requires some understanding of Miller v. California and New York v. Farber. Two semesters ago, my Media Law class spent a little time reviewing each of these cases plus the one we are discussing and even after doing so, I still find this ruling a bit disturbing.
It was interesting how one couple saw the concept of pornography as a stigma and considered to be everywhere, one woman felt porn is degrading and made her feel insecure about herself, while one man stated that he was not able to perform well during real sex because internet porn has vanished its “magic”. Furthermore, several statements such as “porn is harmless”, “if we women want to be naked and be proud of our bodies, what’s the problem? We’re in control, and it’s our choice”, believing in civil freedom by favoring porn, or “only scumbags use pornography”, were also showcased in her book (p. 9). In summary, Paul (2005) encourages the society to reconsider their beliefs about porn, or at least educate themselves about the pornification of American culture, as it affects not just women, but men as
Pornography is an issue that has generated serious speculation; it has grown from a state of insignificance to being a major social issue in most parts of the world. The period from early 1960’s has been labeled as the modern pornography wave. It is a period that saw major discussions in all aspects of the phenomenon from terminology, definitions, the level of sexual content, the economic impact, and most importantly its effects. This paper seeks to address the issue of pornography from the perspective of male participation, consumption, and the interrelated issues. The paper includes a review of two articles; the first article is a scholarly article from a peer reviewed journal, while the second one is a popular media article. Both articles are compared from the perspective of how they approach the issue of male pornography; the paper seeks to distinguish both approaches as it demonstrates the significance of using scholarly articles as opposed to media articles.
Pornography, being a multibillion dollar industry, is a topic that people tend to shy away from when confronted of the conversation of it. However, it is evident that people of both sexes will find ways to pursue this industry. If that were not the case, the industry would not be accumulating the billions of dollars that it is. What few people understand or take time to explore is what pornography is truly defined as. Pornography has been around for centuries and has affected countless people since then. Pornography is defined as “printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement” (Lubben). The word pornography is derived from the Greek words por’ne (“prostitute”) and graphein (“to write”). In essence, when watching pornography, one is watching prostitution take place (Lubben). Buying, watching, or selling pornography is participation in the industry of prostitution.
Having defined what is moral/immoral, it becomes necessary to formulate a definition of pornography. To say pornography is sexually explicit material is a premature definition, where the term “sexually explicit” has a diverse meaning and a large variety in content: postures of sexual display, sexually non-violent acts (homosexual and heterosexual), sexually violent acts which include ‘mutilating, torturing, raping and even killing,’ sexually degrading acts that are non-violent (positions of servility to others), material including children, etc. To keep the normative force (that pornography ...
Better than Chocolate! In this paper, I will attempt to review the debate on pornography in Chapter 4 - State and Society - of Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, Seventh Edition by John R. Burr and Milton Goldinger. Can or should a state justifiably prohibit citizens from viewing pornography? Would that not be an unwarranted infringement of basic freedoms?
Pornography dates back to the 19th century in the Roman Empire, and eventually spread to other nations leading to outlaws of it. Ultimately, it was abolished, but pornography still managed to be smuggled. Pornography is now legal, to an extent according to age. Presently, there are many people who believe that women are portrayed as objects as opposed to persons when exploited in pornography. Also, that this creates the false impression that these women in pornography are secretly yearning to be raped. Other people, however, would disagree with these ideals and claim that pornography does not exploit women by characterizing them as objects. Some say that there are certain extents to which women are depicted as objects as well as where this