Dehumanization Of Pornography

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Pornography: Sexuality Redefined Despite increasing legal and educational efforts, the rates of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence have remained steady. It is hypothesized that this is a direct result of the vast misunderstanding of what sexual assault is, in addition to society’s apathy which is maintained through various mediums. This literature review and synthesis will detail how the media plays an integral role in the preservation of rape culture through rape myth acceptance and justification. The scope of this review is intended to address how rape culture exists in the media, specifically within pornography; so much so that it perpetuates and reinforces rape myths. Due to the volume of research regarding this topic, …show more content…
Scholars have hypothesized that this effect may be seen as a result of the impersonal, objectifying nature of pornography (Foubert et al., 2011). When men commit sexual violence against women, they often objectify the victim; neglecting to view them as individuals capable of feeling pain. In this same way, pornography aids the process of dehumanizing women; shifting the focus from intimacy to instant gratification at whatever cost necessary. It plausibly follows that a man would be more likely to pursue a sexual act with a woman regardless of the lack of consent if they have been conditioned with scripts that, “reinforce that the desire of the woman is not important, that women are there to service men’s needs at all times, and the women are merely objects to be penetrated” (Jensen 78). These theories support and validate the ideas promoted throughout rape …show more content…
This normalization of rape seen in pornography allows for its occurrence to be dismissed and regarded as undeserving of an empathetic response. Pornography provides justification for this theory by suggesting that sex is supposed to be violent and seemingly nonconsensual. Within this framework, it would follow that rape is just sex. Pornography “sexualizes rape, battery, sexual harassment, prostitution and child sexual abuse, it thereby celebrates, promotes, authorizes and legitimizes them” (MacKinnon 171–72). In this way, rape is removed from the context of a violation of someone’s most basic rights. Pornography allows a denial of the lasting effects of sexual assault and reduces its occurrence to that of ‘bad

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