Is porn liberating?

For centuries, women have been told to conceal their bodies and men and women have been sexually oppressed. Feminist icons in each generation have been exposing more of their bodies and wearing their sexuality on their sleeves in an attempt to fight the patriarchy. This has been amazingly beneficial for our society. Given the fact that every human has one, the human body should never be “taboo.”

Neither should sexuality. The strange moral and legal code around sex is slowly but surely loosening its grip, and people are increasingly comfortable being themselves and enjoying their bodies however they would like.

An increased acceptance of porn, in which the human body and sexuality are explored in every way imaginable, might appear to be another step in the right direction. The cultural celebration of porn, however, works against liberating sexuality and the body.

The central job of the porn industry is to commodify sex. It exploits the body for profit.

According to Forbes.com, the average age at which children begin viewing porn is 14. From 14 years old, people begin filling their brains with images of unrealistic and often disturbing scenarios, unrealistic bodies and uncomfortable, degrading sexual acts.

Because the mind’s pleasure system is progressively dulled when it is saturated by these images, people desire more extreme images to get off. This requires the porn industry to produce more elaborate, graphic and increasingly degrading videos to keep customers satisfied.

Porn actors and actresses frequently develop work-related health issues, are pressured into abusive situations and are usually thrown out by the industry within a year unless they can adapt to a niche target audience, according to the documentary “Hot Girls Wanted.”

Feminists want to free the human body from oppression. The struggle to liberate sexuality is ongoing.

To help in this fight, society should condemn porn. We should protect our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters from being exploited for money. We should condemn the idea that the human body is something that can be turned into a commodity. We should instead focus our attention on recognizing the unique and beautiful intellectuality of each human being instead of buying into an industry that abuses its workers and disregards humanity.

This is not about conservatism or sexual repression. Quite the opposite. You should have complete freedom to do whatever you want with your body and pursue whatever consensual, sexual experience you desire. My only argument is that the body should never be objectified to the point where it can be prostituted to a 14-year-old.

Sex should never be for money. Men and women need to be respected, cared for and loved. Whether a one-night stand or a long-term relationship, sex should be a celebration of humanity and compassion.

As long as the human body remains a commodity, it will never be free.

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