The problem with porn

Gendered portrayals in the medium further worldwide cultural degeneration.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon, a movie which details the struggles of porn addiction

Pornography is a lustful doorway to immediate pleasure. Closing this door, however, appears to be far more difficult. While what one does in the private sphere is far from a cultural issue, it appears that our collective pornographic satisfaction exploits men and women worldwide. Pornography is one of the most neglected social issues of modern times. Most people are likely unaffected by porn, but, with the recent advancement in digital technology, there is booming growth in this dark industry. This growth has negatively contributed to the degeneration of our society and culture.

Time and time again, pornography has been demonstrated to be a source of social and psychological problems for young men. Like all things pleasurable, pornography is biochemically addictive. Once intimate moments, through porn, have become physically, emotionally, and mentally detached. The line between real intimacy and pornography has become dangerously and increasingly blurred.

As Pamela Paul explains in her book Pornified, “the problem with softcore pornography is that its voyeurism teaches men to view women as objects rather than to be in relationships with women as human beings.” The pornography industry is male-centered, leading to the portrayal of women as tools for satisfaction. Consequently, women and girls, in society, are judged by their sexual appeal rather than their intelligence.

This widespread objectification degrades women’s collective self esteem and strips them of their value as human beings. Instead, pornography and the following culture leaves them with a sex-focused identity which — one which ignores nearly all other human attributes.

The proliferation and constant advertising of the industry furthers our cultural failure. Young minds are taught to objectify women as tools rather than as partners. Pornography simply portrays a false narrative of intimacy. Nobody — especially the woman — ever says no. Men are similarly portrayed as bodies who are entitled to use women how they see fit. There is not a single frame of love nor intimacy in pornography. This ‘art’ fails to mimic or prepare young minds for reality.

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