Rosie Stewart

The Problem with Porn

Porn. 64% of young men and 18% of young women view it at least once a week. Since the start of 2015 there have been 1,784,154,467 online searches for porn, and counting. That’s a lot of people watching porn.

I think there is no problem with women expressing their sexuality through either watching porn, or working in the sex industry. Women have every right to star in porn, direct porn, write porn and watch porn. The problem I have is that porn is not made for women.

Porn is made for men.

Not only is it made for men, it depicts aggressive scenes towards women. 88% of scenes in pornography are scenes of violence and 49% have scenes of verbal aggression, mainly towards women. A lot of people, however, would argue, that porn is a good way for men to get rid of their sexual frustrations. That it’s better for people to watch violent porn than actually be violent to their partner in real life, but I disagree.

We need to stop making violence acceptable in porn. On average children as young as 11 are starting to watch it. That means that kids are being told that forcing women into sex is normal, that the people they see on screen look normal. Children are always going to find porn on the Internet. And we know that education about porn and sex in general is very important. But we actually need to start changing the content that’s available online. We don’t need to block porn or ban certain types of porn, porn at the end of the day is a business. But perhaps the reason that violent porn is the most watched type of porn is because its the type that’s being shot.

We need to create a sex industry that is equal, where we have female directors, female writers. Where films are directed towards showing equal and fair relationships. Where the women’s desires are just as important as the men’s. The giving and taking between the two or more people on screen is seen as consensual and not forced.

As a young female I’ve seen the effect that porn has had on my male partners. There seems to be a distinct lack of communication, and a huge disinterest on the woman’s pleasure. I feel that an increase in equal porn would help normalise the idea that not all sex is about the man’s pleasure. Sex is about the pleasure of all people involved, regardless of their gender/genitalia.

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