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PORNIFIED The Pornification of Women and Society

Romala Garai had them tittering at the Bafta awards, two months after she had given birth. She told a bad-taste joke: “I had the misfortune of having 23 stitches in my vagina. So I didn’t think I’d be laughing at anything for a long time. 
But tonight’s nominees have proved me wrong.” Few feminists laughed with her then. But having a baby daughter, it seems, nudged Garai towards feminist politics. She is a versatile and winning actress and also gorgeous, which shouldn’t matter but does, in all female careers. Though she appears in the Fifties TV drama The Hour wearing tight, alluring clothes and much red lipstick, she has joined the crusade against misogynistic men’s magazines and the supermarkets that sell them. This week “Lose the Lads’ Mags” campaigners are going after Tesco.
I back these sisters unconditionally. I, too, am revolted by Nuts and Zoo and other such rags which celebrate coarse, rough manhood. But I wonder if the protesters are being myopic or naive or disingenuous. Garai’s own life choices reveal the conscious and unconscious ways women collude with sexism, sometimes for self-promotion, sometimes because they can’t fight the cultural pressures and imperatives of modernity. She admits: “I have been part of the problem. Let me now be part of the solution.”
She wants her daughter to grow up in world where females are not demeaned. Amen to that. So do millions of other women and men. But the problem now is not just sicko men wanting to leer at female bodies or watching hard porn and sometimes acting out violent fantasies. It also includes those women who are up for all that, too, in their heads and some in real life.
Female porn models and performers are not new. They have always been around. A woman, Pauline Réage (real name Anne Desclos), penned that hard SM novel Story of O (1954), about a woman whipped, branded, pierced and raped into willing submission. The Sixties sex romp Emmanuelle was also written by a woman, Emmanuelle Arsan. The porn business would have died long ago without female participation. When we railed against the industry in the Sixties and Seventies we never addressed these inconvenient truths. Now that the pornification of society is so pervasive and deep, we have to deal with the many ways in which women support the evil, rather than fighting it.
The shabby and trashy Fifty Shades of Grey is soon to be a film. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, a woman. Such liberation, say fans, shows how women now own porn. Like hell it does. It just confirms that women have completely capitulated to the forces of darkness

What is erotic about a virgin graduate, groomed into sexual compliance and controlled by a filthy rich businessman? The campaigners against lads’ mags never got together to condemn that trilogy, which was read by millions of young women who now think it is cool and sexy to be handcuffed and beaten by an overpowering male.
And little is ever said about the grotesquely sexist women’s magazines in which female bodies are turned to meat and the sexual content is as coarse as in publications for randy men. Our daughters are caught up in this sexist whirlpool and most can’t fight the currents.
Then there is internet porn, which churns out the most depraved and dislocated sexual acts and is watched compulsively by millions, not all of them men

The number of women addicts to the hard-porn sites is growing exponentially and they, too, are getting desensitised, watching and wanting more violence, finding satisfaction and relationships ever more difficult. The Quit Porn Addiction counselling service had no female clients in 2009. Now one in three are female.
The psychotherapist Phillip Hodson has noticed the shift: “Traditionally, women’s voices have been against porn, which is seen as a male thing.” That is no longer the case. Women use it to have sex, quickly and easily, without emotional investment. He doesn’t think we should get too het up about the emerging phenomenon. I think we should. To focus on male porn habits and not females taking up the habit is perverse.
We know through serious research that there is a subtle but real connection between the objectification of women and violence against women. Tomorrow, the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is hosting a meeting in Parliament where Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, will present some alarming statistics showing how younger women now are more likely than older women to be victims of domestic and sexual violence.
She and others have long argued that hidden and overt media sexism and porn can drive men to hurt and abuse girls and women. But without addressing the role played by women in this story, they are repeating the mistakes we older feminists made in the Seventies and Eighties. On this issue – though men must bear the larger responsibility for where we are today – women cannot avoid blame and claim innocence and helplessness.
Reproaching blokes and campaigning against sexism in the media and on the internet is vital. But to clean up our world, women need to be honest about their complicity

Female editors, advertising professionals, models, actors, media CEOs and, most of all, consumers, could together defeat the pernicious spread of porn. They just choose not to.

Women are complicit in misogyny, too 13 October 2013

WHEN Paris Hilton's sex video catapults her to the A-list and the porn star Jenna Jameson's autobiography is a best seller, it's clear we're living in a pornified age. Sex stars appear in music videos, the raunchy docu-series ''Girls Gone Wild'' has become a staple of the culture, and preadolescent girls wear thong underwear. In ''Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families,'' Pamela Paul, a journalist and the author of ''The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony,'' denounces this sea change, lamenting that we've become inured to porn's negative effects on American men, women and children. Her biggest gripe is with the Internet pornography boom of the past decade, which she believes is creating sex addicts and splintering families

Some teenagers have even become pornographers themselves. At Scarsdale High School, a tape of two 14-year-old girls having sex was widely distributed among students; in the background boys could be heard urging them on. Paul blames the porn industry for this event, but perhaps she should place her real anger on mainstream popular porn culture. The girls may have been emulating pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, not porn stars like Jenna Jameson.
Young people are inundated with porn-style images these days, whether they want to be or not: Calvin Klein billboards, Maxim magazine covers, even Britney Spears's new reality show. Boys imitate misogynist rappers and sexist comedians, while girls emulate the starlets who do peekaboo spreads in the pages of lad mags. Together, they collude in one grand pimp-and-ho ball. The real proof of our culture's decline may not be that so much pornography is available these days, but that you no longer have to look at pornography to get porn.

The rise of sexual bullying and "sexting" - where people send sexually explicit text messages - is a result of hyper-sexualisation.

Of particular concern is the way in which new technology, such as smartphones and the internet, is changing the way in which young people engage with their sexuality, leaving teachers and parents struggling to keep up.
In 2009, the charity BeatBullying found that over a third of young people had received a sexually explicit text or email, with the majority of these coming from peers.
Many young girls are pressurised into exposing themselves online, Ms Abbott said, and are unaware that pictures posted onto the internet can be there forever.
She identified sexual bullying known as "slut-shaming", where young women are attacked by their peers for their sexual behaviour, as a symptom of the porn culture.

Children damaged by 'pornification' of British society, says Diane Abbott 22/01/2013

Kathy McGuinness, who runs a campaign called Child Eyes, sent in such an awful image that we're not printing it (I can describe it: it's a T-shirt with some CGI rapist cutting off someone's pants).

A number of high-profile organisations have come out in support of No More Page 3, including the National Association of Head Teachers, and the Girl Guides. It was when the Guides added their voice that Cameron said there was no problem with Page 3, parents should just "turn the page". "But the Guides are young women," Davies-Arai points out. "The argument about children is strong, but for me, the group that are most damaged by this are young women, looking at a newspaper and seeing that this is what the mainstream thinks of women.

The pornification of Britain's high streets: why enough is enough Zoe Williams Tuesday 16 July 201

There is a problem of ‘sexualisation’ today, with sex now omnipresent in popular culture, on TV, in film. You don’t have to be a blue-rinsed prude to recognise that there’s something off about seven-year-old girls sitting around eating Wotsits while watching Lady Gaga whip her backing singers with a bicycle chain. But this so-called ‘pornification’ of society doesn’t spring from the underbelly of the internet, or from MTV, or from Rihanna’s thongs, or any of the other things Perry and her backers are fretting about. Rather, it is a consequence of deeper social trends, and primarily of today’s denigration of intimacy and demonisation of romance, which have led inexorably to the fetishisation of sex.

Do we live in a ‘pornified’ world? BRENDAN O’NEILL 31 JANUARY 2013

Porn is the new metaphor. But it doesn't stop there. It is also the new universally shared experience. The nation has been "pornified." It's everywhere.

The "Pornification" of Human Consciousness Our Minds Have Become "Pornified" March 26, 2009

Women's self-loathing is big business, and supports a global capitalist system that, ironically, depends heavily on the exploitation of women

Il mondo delle merci, che ha storicamente attuato la sostituzione tra desiderio e consumo, è sempre più esplicitamente influenzato dalla porno-cultura che, in varie tonalità e gradazioni, fa sempre più parte delle esperienze di consumo quotidiane e permea le pratiche sociali e la dimensione pubblica contemporanee. Le narrazioni hard diventano un territorio valoriale di riferimento per i prodotti, i luoghi di consumo, i media, la comunicazione e il marketing.

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