Humberto Detrinidad .
September 21th, 2009
PORNOGRAPHY, THE WAY TO DESTROY OURSELVES
Sending and receiving information has never been as easy as it is today. The Internet has created a digital revolution in the world. With just a few seconds and clicks people can have an unlimited access to almost any kind of information they want on theirmonitors. However, surfing on the internet could be very dangerous. People must be careful, analytical and judicious when they are online because as it is mentioned before they can find any kind of information there. Sometimes, the information is useful, educational and productive such as in documentaries, scientific research, online-classes, etc. but in other cases, the information is immoral, uselessand harmful such as pornography.
A few years ago, pornography was just available in adult stores, X-rated video rentals, magazines, and in some newsstands; nevertheless, nowadays, with just one click 625,000,000 porno websites may be shown. Maybe the alarming number of porno websites is because the internet is a medium where anybody, anywhere in the whole world can publish whatever they want.Nobody can define the term “pornography” absolutely since it varies from culture to culture. For example, in some countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, an image with a woman displaying her uncovered ankles could count as sexually explicit; consequently, it might be considered as a kind of pornography whereas it is not in most western cultures nowadays. One judge once famously said, “Ican’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.” (Justice Stewart in Jacobellis v. Ohio378 US 184 (1964).) Even though it is hard to define, many encyclopedias agree that pornography is any material (even pictures, videos or words) that has little or any artistic merit and whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal. Pornography is not a new issue. It appeared on the early days of thehuman history. For instance, scientists have found many expressions of pornography in Rome and Greece such as paintings, rock sculptures and petrogliphs.
The word itself comes from a Greek word meaning “writing about prostitutes”, porné “prostitute” and graphein “to write”. There are two kinds of pornography, real and virtual. Real pornography includes the uses of real people involved in sexualconduct while virtual pornography is made up of a number of different types of erotic materials that do not use real people (including paintings, cartoons, sketches, digitally-created images and written descriptions).
In the late 1987 The Minister of Justice of the USA appointed a committee to inquire into pornography. The committee made a report which contains 202 recommendations for change. Thereport concluded that there is enough evidence to suggest that porno may have harmful effects on male attitudes and behaviors, and it is clear that pornography harms women directly. As it can be argued, pornography should be restricted because of its many harmful effects on men and women.
Pornography destroys marriages, relationships, families and the concept of sex
People in favor ofpornography state that looking at naked women does not mean that a man does not love his wife, or that he does not enjoy making love to his wife. They say that porno is entirely separated from their marriages. In addition, some couples suggest that a sexual relationship can be enhanced when imagination is allowed to run freely. For those couples, porno is a simple part of their sex toy kit. It is just atool that opens them up to experimentation and gives them inspirations for new ideas.
However, according to the Report of the Surgeon General's Workshop on Pornography and Public Health: Background Papers: 'Effects of Prolonged Consumption of Pornography' by Dolf Zillmann, extensive viewing of pornographic materials produces many sociological effects on couples which the report characterizes...