How the Representation of Women in Pornography has Led to Sexual Entitlement

By: Anonymous

Despite how knoweldgable our generation might claim to be of sex-related matters, it is unfortunate that for most, a large portion of this knowledge seems to stem from watching pornography. This is why it’s only necessary that we are reminded that what one might witness in porn is simply not real. No matter how ‘realistically’ it might be depicted, the people on the other side of the screen are primarily performers, and their acting is more often than not far from being true to real life.

Odd or even potentially violent behaviour such as choking being depicted as pleasurable. Establishing the dynamic of a dominant male and a submissive female, instilling in the minds of viewers – primarily composed of males in their teens – that that is how it should always be in real life. These, amongst many more phenomena in pornography, tend to point these still relatively innocent male teens towards applying these kinds of behaviours as they grow up, due to the fact that they are never educated on this kind of a matter through other means. Imagine trying to study for a science exam by watching Jimmy Neutron. 

So where exactly is the sexual entitlement? First off, to clarify the meaning, sexual entitlement is the belief that one is owed sex, no better reason being needed other than the fact that they’re a male. While this seems incredibly extreme at first, it can often be present in more subtle ways than you’d expect, such as in marriage, or even in forms of sexual harassment, with thrown-around phrases such as “she was asking for it,” implying that once a woman decides what to wear, it falls into a man’s hands to decide what he is allowed to do to her. The very fact that the phrasing “do to her” has been normalized as well, is further proof of how this kind of a mentality has become ingrained in our culture even if it is not immediately noticeable. 

Alright, even if this argument has a few valid points, who’s to say that porn is the reason this is happening? Why can’t we say it’s certain traditions that have affected the way we’ve been brought up? The main difference between the two, and in my opinion, the reason porn might play a larger role than we initially consider, is the fact that you will very rarely doubt something that is not talked about.

Traditions are constantly being debated, rejected by newer generations who see them as outdated and invalid in the times we live in now. There is an ongoing discussion and that in itself is enough to get you thinking about the matter, and actually form an opinion, whereas with porn, people are simply much less vocal about it – perhaps due to traditions – which has prevented a proper discussion to be created in many situations where it would’ve been necessary. Almost no one sees an issue to address, and even if they do they simply won’t talk about it. 

That is what makes pornography detrimental to the societal view of women, which while is definitely changing as these kinds of matters are finally being addressed, is still far from being the way it should be.

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