Porn Women and Gender Studies Essay

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Porn In The U.S.A Ever since the invention of the internet, many things have become more easily accessible to virtually anyone. Most notably of them being pornography. Porn still existed before the internet, of course, but in the form of magazines and films that someone had to be a certain age to purchase. Nowadays in the age of technology, anybody with a computer and internet connection can view pornographic images for free... All they have to do is click a button that says that they are over 18. Pornography at first seems natural and harmless to anyone who is of a mature enough age, but much like the mainstream media and Hollywood today, pornography creates unrealistic expectations of women and treats them
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When those who opposed pornography started speaking up against it, then the sex-positive feminists voiced their beliefs, starting what became known as the sex wars. Andrea Dworkin, a radical feminist was the most outspoken critic of pornography in the anti pornography movement. She believed that the theme of pornography was male power, and therefor pornography was damaging to women. Dworkin often demonized male sexuality, quoted as saying “Male sexual aggression is the unifying thematic and behavioral reality of male sexuality.” She also believed that pornography is linked to all forms of violence against women. Other anti-porn feminists believed that pornography was making men “sexually callous” towards women, promoting misogyny, and eroticizing male dominance over women. There are copious amounts of ways in which pornography in today’s society can be linked to the social construction of gender. For one, pornography encourages women , not necessarily just to look a certain way, but to act a certain way if she wants to be liked by men. Pornography may have a wide variety of what it defines as beautiful, the mainstream porn stars are all unrealistic looking, and for the majority fake. Pornography sets unrealistic expectations for men (the main target audience of porn) when it comes to sex, and it could disappoint those who watch it regularly. Pornography also encourages women to be submissive to men, making the

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