Porn and its Effects: Behind the Screen

 

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Pornography, unfortunately, has become a commodity around the world. It is used by every demographic, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Because of its popularity and normalization in American culture, our society tends to overlook the harm it has done to the people who watch and look at it as well as to the people involved in making it and performing in it. Pornography used to be something you had to go into a store to purchase.

Now, however, it can be obtained and seen on most social media sites, apps, television, and websites…for free. Tumblr, Instagram, surfing the web to even using Pinterest are some of the many ways where you can find sexual images and videos. They are everywhere and are very tempting to those who come across them (including young children and teens). A lot of them try to stop and to look, simply for curiosity’s sake. Porn has been really normalized in our culture.

The Faces Behind the Screen

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While many may argue that porn isn’t always a bad thing, they, like most other people, do not know the dark side of porn — the behind-the-screen, if you will. What most people are not aware of is the fact that the actors and actresses featured in pornographic videos are not only sometimes being forced to do things that they might not want to do/are not comfortable with doing, but some pornography is a product of human trafficking.

There are countless stories of women being abused on camera, women who did not want to keep going but were forced to do so anyway. The humiliation associated with making pornographic videos is absolutely horrifying. Men and women continue to sell their bodies. Every time, they need to give a little bit more away. Furthermore, if they’ve become old news, they must take it a step further to make the same amount of money. Thus, when someone watches porn or views pornographic images, that person has no idea what is actually going on in the scene that he or she is using for his or her own personal satisfaction.

In fact, this person could possibly be witnessing a rape, abuse, and/or torture. The people in these movies and images are real people, not items. It is time for people to face the unethical reality of what they think is simply a product for their enjoyment.

Viewers

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Pornography’s negative effects are not limited to the people involved in producing them but stretch to its viewers. We already know now how viewing porn contributes to a much larger problem for those who work in the porn industry, ethically-speaking.

Now it is time to think about the bigger picture. Unfortunately, pornography is where a lot of children get introduced to sex in our modern society. This is what the current and next generations will see — people being used as objects for pleasure, men, and women in pain or being humiliated for the sake of a good show, and polished bodies that are as unrealistic as the pleasure they show to be experiencing.

Most adults have grown used to the images and videos available. They are also becoming molded by the porn industry to think that that is what sex should look like. Violence and objectification are basically being taught through porn. This can contribute to our mindset about members of each gender.

Often times in pornographic videos, women are seen as weak, servant-like, and unnaturally flawless in their physical appearance. They are shown doing humiliating and degrading acts while simultaneously being called horrendous names. Girls and women who view this content often start to believe that this is what they must do and endure, while young boys and men think that this is what they can do to another human being. Then, it will all be considered normal.

How did this happen to our culture? It is time to take a stand against it. Open your eyes to see the negative effects of porn.