Pornography, what and where is it? The term pornography covers a broad spectrum. In essence it is material designed to sexually arouse the reader or viewer. Sexually explicit material (SEM) is an alternative term.
It occurs in most forms of media including books, magazines, videos, DVD’s, cinema films, TV, computer games and advertisements.
The Internet has now become an easy and anonymous source of explicit, depraved SEM.
Is PORN harmful?
The SA Police Officer co-ordinating the Gauteng Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences Units has said that in 98% of cases where the home of a suspected rapist/child abuser has been searched, evidence of the regular use of pornography has been found. (2004)
Child Sexual Abuse
” 90% of young sexual offenders (7 to 14 years) have been exposed to pornography. This is a huge factor as the offenders act out what they have seen” – Luke Lambrecht, Manager, Teddy Bear Clinic, Gauteng (2004)
The trivialisation of rape is the hallmark of porn. It has perpetuated the rape myth that when a woman says “no”, she actually means “yes”.
In pornography the male is virtually always dominant and women are depicted as enjoying sex even when subjected to extreme violence. She is portrayed merely as a sex-object. Today pornography is extremely cruel, violent and degrading towards women.
Addiction to pornography featuring unrealistically glamorous, youthful models in explicit poses, group sex and swapping of partners all contribute to marital dissatisfaction and infidelity. Even violent sex becomes acceptable.
- In the USA, the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a gathering of the nation’s divorce lawyers, attendees revealed that 58% of their divorces were a result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.
- Family Breakdown
Women are often portrayed as objects to be humiliated, ridiculed and abused. Respect for the mother figure thus evaporates. The breadwinner is prone to squander his income on all types of pornographic material including prostitutes.
There are four stages:
Firstly – repeated return to the material; secondly –escalation i.e. a need for progressively more shocking material; thirdly – desensitisation i.e. what was initially grossly deviant becomes acceptable; and fourthly – copying/acting out i.e. sexual activities seen in the porn material are increasingly put into action. Looking is no longer enough and the addict needs to act out on what he has seen. (There is a significant correlation here with sexual crime.)
The majority of young people are already desensitised to the extent that promiscuity has become acceptable – even fashionable and a form of entertainment! Here TV amongst others is a powerful and insidious influence, regularly displaying loveless and deviant sex in contrast to meaningful relationships. Pornographic films on late night channels are becoming increasingly acceptable. The easy access to pornography on mobile phones is the tool of choice for todays youth.
AIDS is well on the way to destroying our nation. Pornography has promoted a culture of casual sex through to promiscuity – the root cause of AIDS. “HIV incidence is highest in the 15 to 19 age group at 65.4%” – Carol Bower, Executive Director, RAPCAN. (2000)
Sex – tourism
South Africa is marketed overseas as one of the world’s premier sex-tourism destinations. Pornographic material is freely available as are child prostitutes who have been “indoctrinated” with all types of sexually explicit material.
Trafficking of Drugs, Women & Children
The sex industry, which includes the trafficking of young women and children and the making and marketing of pornography, is also closely linked into the network dealing in drugs and other illigal activities.
The Link with Crime
Two grand juries (USA) determined that organised crime controls a full 90% of the hard-core porn traffic in the US – Dr A. Grazioli (1995)