XXX Pornography and Women.

This will certainly be the more controversial of the two media artifacts looking at pornography.  Unlike Playboy which is considered more refined and tasteful, XXX pornography found in print, online and on video is generally focused explicitly on a variety sexual acts between one or many partners.  The real dangers with this type of media in relation to women and their representation within our culture is how easy it is to produce and consume and how readily accessible it is to people of all demographics.

In about 3 seconds using Google and searching for “free XXX pornography” I was able to find over 400 websites promising to deliver free, streaming pornography.

In a similar search looking for “free children’s cartoons” only the first 8 matches were claiming to be streaming children’s cartoons.  The rest were either links to networks or links to resources about the children’s cartoons.  This comparison puts the accessibility of pornography into perspective.

If there is that much material out of the internet for anyone to see, it is fair to assume that some pretty inaccurate representations about women and their bodies are being conveyed to impressionable men and boys of all ages.  This impression can significantly affect how they eventually interact with women if they have begun to associate them only with sexual intercourse and other sex acts.  This also calls into question not only how pornography shapes representations of women but how these representations shape violence towards women.  The dehumanizing nature of pornography may lead to violence against women as a dehumanized person is an easy target.

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