Day 183: A Video Set-Up Justifying Sexual Violence

My boyfriend today told me he needed to film some clips for his digital video production course. We talked about combining them with some of my SAAM theme this month, and so far had come up with nothing. Thinking about film and sexual violence finally led me to the photo of the day… But wait! It’s not as crazy as you think! It’s just a photo of a porn set up, but you’ve got to keep reading to understand the connection.

Last term, in a Women’s and Gender’s Studies course, we watched a crazy documentary called “The Price of Pleasure.” It was about how the pornography industry affects society. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone who doesn’t think pornography is a problem, but I would warn that it gets pretty graphic. Anyway, this a huge contributing factor to how people view sex and view women’s wants from sex. As one man in the video put it, porn made him think, “All women want to be f***** by men.”

The pornography industry grosses roughly $10 billion annually (more than the NFL, MBA and MLB combined), but the industry is basically hidden from mainstream society. Until I watched, “The Price of Pleasure” video I didn’t realize what a visible affect it has on society, and I know that the typical viewer doesn’t think twice about the effects of pornography on society.

I think that many men who have raped women do not know that their behavior is wrong. I have seen this in my own life as well as the lives of many close friends of mine. I always attributed this to inadequate sexual education, but now I see that the problems extend much further than that. Pornography is definitely a contributing factor to why many males do not see aggressive, violent, or unwanted sexual behavior as wrong.

The pornography industry shapes viewer’s sexual needs and wants. Extremely inappropriate clips undoubtedly cause unwanted sexual behavior. When a girl in porn says no, it seems like she really means yes. But, in real life when a girl says no, she really means no.

People watch porn not only for pleasure, but it also for new ideas or ways to “spice things up.” The spicing things up could come from using violence in the bedroom, as portrayed in many pornography films. The pornography industry uses violence as a good thing and something women desire. Pornography films that feature these strange fetishes, like torture, probably create those fetishes.

A video set-up that leads to unintended effects on society.

**First photo removed and the title of this post was altered**

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7 Responses to Day 183: A Video Set-Up Justifying Sexual Violence

  1. schleefy says:

    Thats right, definitely. The problem is also that u can get porn everywhere in the web and I believe that the wrong picture the industry is showing will affect the current young people much more and will possibly generate an incease in sexual violance. When the kids start using the internet they will get in contact with porn no matter what…and than they will get the wrong picture implemented. Other question: Will the girls be changed in their behavior as well – like the boys? (maybe not all) Will sexual violance be “normal” one day because no one is reporting it anymore? Because it is normal? The education of kids is a full time job next to your job to feed your family – maybe something get lost and the parents not seeing the development of their kids in that direction.
    I will stop now…it is to scary to think about…I hope u understand what I mean….

    keep going……
    btw…the set up of the photos is great….good work

    • I’m so glad you’re all the way with me on this! Everything is so, so violent these days that people must get the idea that it’s normal. A lot of media is either violent or sexual, or combines the two! It’s just crazy to think about. And yes! Exactly! A lot of it comes down to the parents too! The parents are working very hard to get the kids all the things they think they need, but a lot of things are still getting left behind. Sexual violence is nothing new, but I feel like you’re right: it’s just getting more normal and accepted! What a terrible thing! Anyway, thank you so much for your thoughts! I appreciate it so, so much!

  2. Margaret says:

    Very interesting and relevent topic, great shots for the piece too!

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, many things are far too violent and/or sexual today… it’s just a shame that parents/guardians can’t keep up with all.

    • Thanks!!
      And, definitely! But, with everything being so violent it’s hard to recognize what has gone too far. There are so many ways that kids can get a hold of it, as the comment above pointed out, that it’s hard to keep up on. It’s such a complicated situation! Definitely hard to figure out what to do about it. Not hopeless though! I think if we keep talking about it, it will be easier to recognize!

  3. bonniegunkel says:

    I love your dedication to your theme Whitney. Another fabulous message and photo.

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