Desensitization and the affcts of porn.


 
From a very young age, we all remember watching TV and seeing an extreme amount of violence, fighting and discussions of extreme topics like depression and suicide even on children’s shows like Sponge Bob Square pants. We only notice the affects when we are older. There is desensitisation in all aspects of life and even in our hobbies, it’s common knowledge that when we constantly do something after a while it no longer has the same Affect or gratification that it had to begin with therefore, we have to get a new toy, implement change or increase difficulty in order so we don’t lose interest or get bored.
Most popular porn today is very violent and one sided as it mostly focuses on the sexual gratification of the male partner, and often places the female actress in very extreme or uncomfortable positions and scenarios. There is nothing inherently wrong with being emotionally stimulated by provocative images and videos, but as technology advances, it’s becoming increasingly hard for society to shield it from vulnerable eyes such as children.
In 2019 a group five mothers who were disgusted by the porn industry decided to make their own porn film. They took part in a channel 4 TV show called “mums make porn”, one of the mothers who participated in the show was so disgusted by a category called rape porn that she quit the show. A recent study found that 64% of young people between the ages of 13-24 are watching porn. According to the children’s charity NSPCC, in one year more than half of online sex crimes that involve child took place on Facebook owned apps.


Recently popular porn site Pornhub had to remove over 40% of their content from unverified users due to claims of human trafficking and child pornography plaguing the website. In 2009 a young girl just 14 years old called rose Kalemba was abducted and raped for 12 hours by a group of men. The men filmed her assault and posted it onto the popular site Pornhub, during her assault, they showed her dozens of other videos of women then had assaulted too. Months later, on Myspace a link was shared by several people from her school which showcased her assault and the main site was Pornhub. One video even had over 400 thousand views horrified, Rose sent Pornhub multiple emails where she pleaded with them to remove the videos, by this time most of her school had already seen the videos and as a result, she was bullied, she also hid it from his parents as most of them already didn’t believe she was assaulted. She received no replies from Pornhub and the videos remained on their site, but after sending a new email posing as a lawyer and threatening legal action, they finally removed the video. As a result of the various claims Pornhub introduced a removal system for non-consensual content, however illegal content still persists on the website. In 2019 after detailing her assault and story on social media dozens of men and women came forward saying that their assault videos were on Pornhub too.


Another story about a 15-year-old who went missing and was later spotted by one of her classmates on Pornhub, 58 videos of child abuse. The perpetrator from Florida was found and convicted, however this is just the tip of the iceberg of many cases and so many more that haven’t even reported. Pornhub is a site that allows the public to showcase their videos, 6.8 million new videos are posted to the site every year but are they implementing the necessary measures to safe guard their content. Pornhub consistently fails to remove videos after receiving a multitude of claims about its illegality, even though they pride themselves on being a moral company that donates to various different causes and social issues regularly.


It’s understandable that because of the increasing access to internet porn and violence that parents and teachers are having to give children more accurate and responsible information early on, but to this extent it could be counterproductive. Recently in Birmingham in a majority Muslim area, parents were outraged to hear about a new school curriculum in their children’s schools which praised homosexuality. What amplified the incident was the fact that the school failed to notify and get the parents’ permission about the new school curriculum. Many parents said that their children came home asking questions about homosexuality and transgender-ism. The main problem though was the school teacher’s relation to LGBT and Islam. They did not like how they presented the LGBT as something that was acceptable in Islam. Before society would have never allowed a child dragging, this is another example of how our society is slowly accepting more and more different practices. The same logic can be used for sexuality, example non binary and homosexuality etc., slowly society’s standards start to decrease and people’s acceptance increases. Today there are multiple shows and documentaries even on Netflix that talk about children’s sexuality and identity.
Psychologists and specialist are continuously realising studies that showcase the effect of porn especially towards children. It’s proven that watching porn can lower men’s relationship satisfaction, and for women can reduce their intimacy, feed self-objectification, body shame, and make them more susceptible to coercion or participation in sexual acts. For children it can normalise abuse, and more shockingly due to the susceptibility and naivety of a child’s brain increases the chances of child-on-child molestation as they’re likely imitate what they view. It’s undoubtable that more needs to be installed within schools and society to protect children.

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