There are two general categories in which pornography are classified. The first is soft-core porn. Soft-core porn is said to be a film in which no genitalia or explicit sex are portrayed. In hard-core pornography they film otherwise. A woman being raped on camera would fall under the category of pornography. There’s another name for film, literature or art that depicts two mutually consenting adults in sexual acts. This is known as erotica.
Material considered to be offensive as a generally accepted standard by the current society is classified as obscenity. Falling under the category of obscenity is both child pornography and rape. I’d like to discuss; 1. Sexism and stereotypes in pornography 2. Pornography, aggressiveness, and offense. 3. Measures and actions to stop the degradation of women Sexism and Stereotypes in Pornography According to the book, Social Problems and the Quality of Life, “physically abused wives are also significantly more likely to be sexually abused when their husbands are into pornography.
” (Slope 2004) The partnership is shown to weaken through the use of pornography. The male is shown to have less value on partnership and monogamy. The woman is shown to feel less valued, not confident in the relationship, and to lack confidence as a woman. Through different research projects it has been shown that the makers of pornography play into general sexual and racial stereotypes about the women involved. Some of these include; the china doll, the black animal like, and the over sexual Latina, etc. Pornography, Aggressiveness and Offense in Porn.
Some researchers believe that pornography and obscene materials lead to the hatred of women and rape. It has been concluded that soft-core pornography and hard-core pornography both have affects on the way in which a man who views them treats women. As shown in the book, Social Problems and the Quality of Life, men that watch soft-core pornography were likely to use coercion and sexual aggressiveness. Men that watch hard-core pornography are likely to be sexually forceful. Another study shown in Social Problems and the Quality of life, rates female victims of sexual violence and the use of pornography.
28% of 100 women sexually violated reported that the abuser had used pornography. 12% of the women stated that the men had imitated the pornography during the abusive incident. (Bergen and Bogle, 2000) Measures and Actions to Stop the Degradation of Women Currently, there are some actions at work to stop degrading women through pornography and obscenity. Some suggest that we should educate our children at an early age. This suggestion is based on the belief that when young children learn of the damage caused by viewing or partaking in this type of behavior they will not want to participate.
The children will grow up with the idea that it is wrong. This could be a way to stop the humiliation associated with the pornography industry. Another suggestion is to boycott and protest the sale of offensive material. This will cause a loss of money because of the distribution of the material, which will get the retailers attention. Another proposal is to make it illegal to be paid for sex in this country. This would cause major problems for all involved in the pornographic industry, but in my opinion may have an adverse affect.
It may make pornography a rarity and more profitable. Conclusion In the book, Social Problems and the Quality of Life, it states that violent pornography contradicts our value on human well-being as well as the norm that sexual behavior should be voluntary and not coerced. Pornography affects all women, including those who are involved. We need to take precautions against this degrading industry, not for our sakes alone, but for the future of society as a whole. No woman deserves to be mistreated, hated, abused, or raped because of the viewing of pornographic material.