Rape Culture vs. Porn Culture

 

Rape culture exists when dominant cultural ideologies, media images, social practices, and societal institutions support and condone sexual abuse by normalizing, trivializing and eroticizing male violence against women and blaming victims for their own abuse.

In other words,  a rape culture is a  society that accepts men sexually exploiting and/or assaulting women and then blaming the women themselves for being exploited or assaulted.

 

Porn culture is normalizing rape culture and it’s time to connect the dots. In porn culture,  violent sexual exploitation of women and children is portrayed in media images, music, and the written word. Today, it is both accessible and acceptable, and is normalized as a form of sexual education for teens. Unfortunately, it starts much earlier than college or even high school.

 

It begins as young kids in elementary school and middle school start to view it. The average age that a child in the United States first encounters porn is 11.  While their bodies and minds are in key developmental stages, kids are viewing images that portray women as objects to be used in whatever way a male desires. Is it any wonder that boys being educated about sex by pornographers become men who associate sex with the rape and bondage pornography that ignores the humanity of women?

 

 

One study published in CyberPsychology and Behavior found that 39 percent of college-aged males and 23 percent of college-aged females said they had viewed bondage porn as teens, and 18 percent and 10 percent respectively said they had viewed rape porn

 

 

Connecting the Dots Between Porn and Rape Culture

 

Here’s how I connect the dots between children’s and teenagers’ porn consumption and the increase of rape in our society.

 

Pornography presents women as inferior —The majority of pornography devalues and degrades women. In pornography, women are only valuable as they bring pleasure to men.

 

 

Pornography objectifies women — Similarly, the vast majority of pornography objectifies women; their bodies are important, as is their function as an element in sexual gratification. But their hearts, minds, opinions, experiences, feelings, and everything else that makes them who they are is completely irrelevant. The attitude that the women involved in porn are voluntarily participating only further perpetuates excuse in the minds of men and boys who tell themselves “this is what she really wants.”

 

Pornography perpetuates the harmful notion that sex is everything- The value of things like consent, the perspective of others, relationship, love, conversation, covenant, interaction, deeper meaning? Unimportant.

 

Pornography addicts require increasingly more violent images  — Not only is pornography continuing to expand, but formerly fringe forms of pornography are becoming more mainstream (i.e., bondage porn, rape porn, BDSM). There is a logical reason for its growth; scientists have found “people who watch a lot of porn are likely to need increasingly graphic material to achieve the same sexual stimulation.”

 

Pornography encourages male aggression against women. Studies show that men who watch porn are more likely to sexually assault women, and more likely to say that rapists should receive light sentences (if any). Serial rapist and murderer Ted Bundy said exposure to pornography as a child (and his subsequent addiction to porn) contributed to his crimes. He also said that every rapist that he encountered in prison “without exception” was “deeply involved” in pornography. (View the video.)

 

Now more than ever, we must address the impact pornography has on sexual violence against women. I believe we can begin changing rape culture by changing the way we educate and raise our youth. Many are standing up against our rape culture. But what we need is to connect the dots and be as outraged against the root of the problem, pornography.

 

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