Strengths and Weaknesses of the Approaches to Pornography, Prostituion

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PORNOGRAPHY, PROSTITUION AND DOMESTIC 8

Strengthsand Weaknesses of the Approaches to Pornography, Prostituion andDomestic ViolenceStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation

Allfactors points to the fact that the world is in the middle of a greatrevolution in the history of women. Unlike in the past where thevoice of women was smothered by men in the political class, todaywomen can be heard in legislative bodies, in courts of law, and evenin the street in big cities all over the world (Blume,2006). It is evident that in some countries, especially those in the MiddleEast, women are still subjected to inhumane and sometimes unbearabletreatment. Women in the developed democracies especially in the westhave been fighting over the last one hundred years for equal rights(Walsh,2010).

Womenadvocacy groups have been very vibrant in fighting for women rightsand recognition of fundamental principles that ensure equal treatmentbefore the law and in the society. In majority of democraticcountries, women have been given a sound platform to advance theiragenda and to participate in economic and political processes thatdefine the destiny of the society (Blume,2006).Today women enjoy the right to vote, dressing, movement, expressionand association, and are given equal opportunities and treatmentbefore the law. The introduction of internet could not have come at abetter time. Internet and digital technologies has totallytransformed life in the 21stcentury. Communication and dissemination of information has been madefaster and easier (Jenkins,2015). Today, a million people can access a message sent by a person on theinternet within seconds. It is true that the internet and digitaltechnologies have conferred immense benefits to all civilizations,but unfortunately the other side of the coin has threatened the samelife that it is mean to make easier and convenience.

Prostitutions

Thrownout of the mainstream media platforms of advertisement, prostitutionhas found a fertile ground in the internet, especially in the socialnetworks. In the last two decades the internet and social platformshave emerged as very vital tools for sharing and exchanginginformation about commercial sex (Rochaetal.2010). Onthe internet, there is no way that users can verify the correct ageof the user, sex sellers have been able to reach a large community ofsec buyers on the social platforms supported by the internet. The waythat the community has approached commercial sex has made thesituation worse for the players in business, and other onlinepredators that have wrecked havoc to the social fabric of modernsociety (Jenkins,2015).

Whilesome democracies such as Italy have legalized prostitution foradults, many states do not have stringent measures to curb the vice. The lax government policies in many democracies and the perceptionthat prostitution is a vice have left many participants in thebusiness depressed and vulnerable to sex predators in the society(Rochaetal.2010).While the society is swift at condemning individuals who enter intothe commercial sex business, little criticism of the men involved isreported. To make the matter worse, no one seems to care about whathappens to prostitutes in the streets (Jenkins,2015). The regular maltreatment of prostitutes by their male customers, andthe lack of ways through which they can integrate with the rest ofthe society has created isolation and dejection among players in thisbusiness (Rochaetal.2010).The consequence has been dire, with many prostitutes falling victimshealth risks and premature deaths. For example, a recent survey inthe United States of more than 2000 prostitutes indicated that themain causes of death among prostitutes were alcohol and drugconnected problems, HIV/AIDS suicide and homicide. The study alsorevealed that the rate of homicide among prostitutes were 17 timeshigher than the general population (Jenkins,2015).

Pornography

Themanner in which society approaches pornography and over –sexualizedimages has also been decisive shaping way that individuals involvedin the vice behave and respond to life events. Women advocacy groupshave also been very vibrant in fighting for a free society, whereeveryone has a view to air their voice without interference (Young,2005). Freedom of speech has been exploited by many companies to createplatforms that sell pornographic materials. Pornography is salient inalmost all aspects of modern life. It is not an uncommon feature tosee highly sexualized images on newspapers, magazines, television,movies and more pervasively in the social media platforms (Slick,2015).

Mainstreammedia has become engulfed in a fireball of hypersexualized images ofcelebrities and other artists promoting various events and productsfrom premium companies. Modern society does not question suchpersonalities on national television and other mainstreamentertainment avenues (Jenkins,2015).Reading materials such as novels that were at one time categorized aserotica have taken things to another level, and display overt sexualimages and messages without any regret. Movies and video games thatwere one time meant to help the general populace relax afterstrenuous activities have also been swallowed in the sexual fantasyquagmire. Art work such as music and even attires and costumes havealso progressively become hypersexualized, including materials meantfor children and young adults (Jenkins,2015).

Thesocial platforms have been the main playground for pornographicactivities that does not choose gender or age. In a move to mimicfamous celebrities and persons of interest who appear on themainstream media as sexual figures, many young people have learnt thehard that pornography can destroy moral character of a person (Blume,2006). An excellent example is the case of Amanda Todd who wasrepeatedly exploited by the boyfriend and put on the social platformsas a pervert. She felt dejected, cheated and lonely, and she latertook away her life after shooting a video of her tribulations.

Pornographyhas been propagated as a harmless amusement and even branded as themedicine for marital intimacy. In this light, many men and women inthe modern society do not perceive watching pornography as a badbehavior (Jenkins,2015). Nonetheless, this view only remains constant when the participantsin the phonograph are not people within our social sphere or we know. Massive condemnation and banishment is leveled against anyone whoengages in the vice.

Thisperception of pornography especially on the social media platformshas some advantages and disadvantages. One of the key benefits isthat this attitude has played a crucial role in dissuading manydespondent youths and adults from participating in the vice orpromoting it directly (Blume,2006). In fact many people prefer to watch porn in alone, and thosethat participate in film making, conceal their real face so thatpeople within their social cycles do not recognize them (Jenkins,2015).The internet has replaced the human presence with virtual reality,and this has made it possible for public condemnation of individualsin the society who do not behave in line with decorum. People do nothave to fear any more of the manner in which an individual wouldreact because the personal touch has been eliminated. People have anopportunity to do things they would be loath to do when off-line(Jenkins,2015).

Nonetheless,the internet has also made it possible for people to maintainanonymity, send messages and view images that they would not do whileoff-line. This has created a double standards, where people useanonymity to condemn activities perceived as pervasive and viewmessages and images that would otherwise attract condemnation fromthe public (Jenkins,2015).The case of Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after sexualexploitation by the boyfriend, who together with other female friendslambasted her by posting her images on the social media platform. Ithas become too easy for individuals to lambast innocent people whofall prey to their tricks.

DomesticViolence

Domesticviolence has been on the rise in the United States and Canada.Generally violence in the society is characterized by sexualassaults, murder in the street and at homes, drug wars and violenceat learning institutions (Lawson, 2003). In a dynamic world that isshaped by various elements within and outside a country’s boundary,many authorities have found it increasingly difficult to create aviolence free society. The way that individuals, communities and thegeneral society approaches domestic violence has also been a keyaspects in facilitating or hampering the process of eliminatingdomestic violence in the society (Blume, 2006). Many people stillhold the myth of the harmonious, nurturing and loyal families in acommunity that supports freedom from oppression, exploitation andpain. Unfortunately this principle is not maintained for all peoplein the society. Individuals who are perceived as non conformists tothe generally accepted social values and principles are maltreated inthe family and society (Jenkins,2015).Modern communication has removed the barriers that existed in thepast and that made it difficult for people to share informationrelating to various social phenomena. Digital technologies have madeall forms of domestic violence visible to other members of thecommunity and this has facilitated a quick and smooth redress of thesituation (Walsh,2010).Nonetheless, social platforms have also served a background fromwhere non-conformist are lambasted and condemned. This has not onlyexpanded the definition of social and domestic violence. Publicanxiety about violence has dramatically increased, which has resultedin changes in lifestyle just to fit within the social sphere (Walsh,2010).

Conclusion

Theway society approaches issues facing individuals in the community hasstrong bearing on how such people will react and relate with otherpeople. Theintroduction of internet could not have come at a better time.Internet and digital technologies has totally transformed life in the21stcentury. Communication and dissemination of information has been madefaster and easier It has made dissemination of information much morefaster and easier. The manner in which society approaches pornography and over–sexualized images has also been decisive shaping way thatindividuals involved in the vice behave and respond to life events. The double standards approach to pornography prostitution anddomestic violence have served as a discouragement and condemnation tothose involved in such activities.

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