Friday, 15 June 2012

Twilight of the Porn Stars: Consequences of the industry



The pornography industry is a product of western democracy, sexual freedom and capitalism. It is a market which is based on a sexual demand i.e. males and females wanting to view recorded sexual acts for either physical pleasure or for other stimulation.

There are many groups against porn such as religious groups, feminist groups, moral activists and others who say it is damaging to society. Feminists argue that the material is demoralizing to women, reducing them to mere sexual objects to be used and abused. They also claim that economically women feel pressured to enter pornography either to fund college fees or just to get by, however this could be said about the illegal drug dealing, prostitution or stripping. This could hint at a moral hole in the western world, or just the lack of skills sets that some young women have due to a lack of education or un-healthy upbringing.

Many claim that some extreme porn which features hints at abuse and rape have causal influences to domestic violence and sexual crime. Such claims have yet to be vindicated by study and hence no links have been made between pornography and any crime statistics.

Louis Theroux presents an interesting documentary about how the industry is effecting its stars. How some male pornstars in particular find it emotionally unsettling and how it has led to the death of a well known pornstar who had a wife and daughter.

The industry is suffering due to free youtube style porn sites which make revenue from advertising yet pay little towards the makers of the material. Hence the directors and pornstars are economically suffering.

The documentary is definitely worth watching as you are able to comprehend the stars and industry from a different yet more realistic viewpoint.

A big question has to be asked though, what are the effects of pornography on crime, mental and sexual health and on our perception of women?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01j84qt/Louis_Theroux_Twilight_of_the_Porn_Stars/

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