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Protection from porn? August 31, 2005

Posted by Winter in censorship, pornography.
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It flickered briefly in the news yesterday before sinking away into the BBC archives. The UK is backing plans to make possession of ‘extreme’ pornography illegal, it’s a shame that nobody seems very interested. The distribution of gonzo porn is already illegal in the UK but at present that does not prevent people down loading it from sites outside of the UK. This legislation effectively means that having this type of material on your computer will be reason enough to have you arrested and given a possible three year sentence. The psychology behind the use of gonzo porn is quite simple, and for people who may have ‘sexually deviant tendencies’ will highly increase the likely hood of them assaulting a woman, or a man for that matter. Basically, sexually violent men will use porn to get aroused, the more and more they use it, the more extreme it needs to be to satisfy their urges until eventually, the porn just doesn’t get the job done anymore and they need to turn to actual violent acts against women, and sometimes men and children.

So does this herald a new dawn in actually trying to protect women from domestic violence? I’m not so sure, the problem is that this legislation seems to be tackling only very extreme pornography, the type that “go far beyond what we allow to be shown in films or even sold in licensed sex shops in the UK.” For anyone who hasn’t been into a licensed sex shop recently, you can get your hands on some pretty nasty stuff just over the counter, or straight of the shelves. This legislation marks only a small drop in a big ocean, and whilst it may be of some comfort to the parents of Jane Longhurst, it doesn’t go so far as to ban the majority of pornography that features violence against women in some form or another. Whilst violence and sex are still represented as going hand and hand, that is what will continue to happen in the real world, as well as on the grubby silver screen.

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1. Winter - August 31, 2005

Hey N. I was just wondering, have studies actually proved then that watching porn encourages men to commit sexual violence? I know this is the line generally taken by the anti-porn campaigners, but I’ve never really bought it myself. I’ve always thought of porn as symptomatic of misogyny, rather than a cause of mosogyny, but I guess it might offer a lot of encouragement to an already violent man. Hmm. I suppose I do think banning very violent porn is a good move.

2. Naiades - August 31, 2005

Yes, there are studies in the criminology literature that have looked at this link. I’m not familiar with them my self as it’s not my area but Liz and i did a module on criminology last year and one of the lectures was on this. in some cases this kind of violent porn does directly lead to violence against women, although that’s in a minority of cases.

as you know i’m very anti censorship in general, but i really think there is a case to put much tighter controls opn this kind of stuff.

much love

rx

3. Naiades - August 31, 2005

Oh, I should point out that the links are for men, as you saidm who already have violent or sexually devaint tendencies, and not just a blanket ‘all men’ (most of the men i know would be really alarmed and disgusted at this kind of thing) but the evidence is there.

rx


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