Pornography

Hiroyuki Koshiga

Aichi University of Education

 

Hiroyuki Koshiga is a 4th year student majoring in Kokusai Bunka (Intercultural studies) at Aichi University of Education, a national school of education in Aichi, Japan. The writings included herein are work he submitted to the teacher of his senior writing course.

 

@@@@@@@ Pornography prevails all over the world now. It also can be got easily by whoever wants to. Therefore pornography easily influences the readers who are generally men to do what is depicted in pornography against opposite sex, especially women. The phenomenon frequently produces serious concepts that men regard women as menfs inferior. So many anti-pornography feminists have tried to get rid of harm of pornography to improve the situation of women. However, there are opinions that approve of pornography. These opinions are mostly maintained by freedom of expression. The propriety of pornography is difficult to conduct which is good or not. This paper will discuss harm of pornography and pornography related to freedom of expression. In harm of pornography, I will discuss menfs violence against women and to dehumanize women by pornography. On the other hand, approve of pornography in terms of freedom of expression.

@@@@@@@ Pornography contains many harmful things for women. At first, pornography is said to induce menfs violence such as rape, incestuous and confinement against women. Because pornography, including adult movie, ads, portrayed and so on, depicts generally cruel menfs violence against women on purpose. For example, a man subordinates to a woman and forces her to do what he demands or a man compulsorily rapes a crying woman. Once men watch these pornographies, they will consider that the relationship between men and women is same as what they have watched in pornography and make the distorted relationship natural. gIfve seen soft-porn movies, which seem to have the common theme that a great many women would really like to be rapedch(http://www.dianarussell.com/pornocontent.html) This statement clearly represents harm of pornography causing menfs violence. Recently, news is reporting the confinement of a girl and the forced relationship of master and servant in Japan. While the police investigating, many extraordinary materials such as abusive sexual games and videos were found in the criminal house. Especially, these games are said to be able to do virtual experience of bondage to women and command of women freely. Thus, pornography directly involves in menfs violence against women and persuades men that women like to be raped.

@@@@@@@ Moreover pornography is depicted to degrade women. Women depicted in pornography are entirely powerless and gave their worth only in sexual intercourse with men. In other words, women are subordinated to men and men are looking down on women in pornography. Actually, degrading sexual behavior is seen in much pornography. For example, men compel women to do humiliating behavior, treat women as sexually dirty or inferior and call women insulting name such as bitch and whore. Men watching these pornographies may tend to depersonalize and dehumanize women both in an intercourse and everyday life. gWomen are represented as passive and as slavishly dependent upon men. The role of female characters is limited to the provision of sexual services to men.h(http://www.dianarussell.com/pornintro.html) To a greater or lesser extent, men who have watched pornography have mind like above quotation consciously or unconsciously and this phenomenon help degrade women condition in the various place. To make mater worse, this cause crucial handicap for women to get equal right to men. Women are indirectly in trouble to promote their career or embarrassed about sexual harassment, which are tolerated in so-called the men-dominated society.

@@@@@@@ However, there are opinions that approve of pornography as freedom of expression. Although public organizations have criticized sexual criminal, they have taken a tolerant attitude toward pornography as freedom of expression. They conduct that there is not relationship between pornography and sexual criminal or harm of pornography. They even regard pornography as fine arts. In the case, women show their nude bodies by themselves and commercialize their nude bodies intentionally. Therefore, to prohibit pornography means to violate freedom of expression and discourage their autonomy.

@@@@@@@ In conclusion, almost all pornography depicts to degrade women. Men tend to look at women through these pornographies and unconsciously try to imagine that they do intercourse like an assault and dehumanization women. Pornography has a negative impact on men. However, pornography is used as freedom of expression and womenfs right. So we must be careful when we see pornography. Otherwise, pornography should be various sexual expressions including womenfs ideas as well as menfs idea. Women never stop fighting against pornography that only dehumanizes women.

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@@@@ Reference

@@@@@@@@@@ Diana E.H. Russell, Pornography as a Cause of Rape, Retrieved May 16 2005, from http://www.dianarussell.com./porntoc.html@@@@