A pornified culture

 Chris Da Silva

Pornography can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection and one click of a button.

The latest studies found the average age of exposure to pornography was 11, and that 63% of teenage boys and 18% of teenage girls watch porn regularly.

21% of young men said they viewed porn everyday, or nearly everyday. Sociologist Jill Manning said as a society we have not yet reached the climax of porn’s impact.

“Research reveals many systemic effects of Internet pornography that are undermining an already vulnerable culture of marriage and family. Even more disturbing is the fact that the first Internet generations have not reached full-maturity, so the upper-limits of this impact have yet to be realized” she said.   harmful

Online organizations that specialize in Internet filtering found with the proliferation of Internet porn, sexting among teens has increased.

According to a poll of 500 children aged 13-18, “60% said they had been asked for explicit photos or videos of themselves”. Surveys given to those working behind the scenes of the porn industry also reveal a much less pleasurable experience for actresses than what is shown onscreen.

Internet filtering site Covenant Eyes reports porn star Rocco, who has purportedly made 600 porn films with 3000 women, as admitting to the low standards of hygiene in the industry: “Every professional in the porn-world has herpes, male or female”, he said.

Porn actress Erin Moore, in an interview with the Pink Cross Foundation, admitted to the prevalent drug culture: “The drugs we binged on were Ecstasy, Cocaine, Marijuana, Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and alcohol”, she said.

Former porn star Tanya Burleson explained why virtually every porn star was a drug addict: “Guys are punching you in the face. You get ripped. Your insides can come out of you. It’s never ending. You’re viewed as an object — not as a human with a spirit. People do drugs because they can’t deal with the way they’re being treated”, Tanya said.

The Pink Cross foundation reports that the average life expectancy for porn stars is 37 years old. In most cases the cause of death is suicide. This is the hardcore truth.

Check out this three-minute audio feature on the effects of pornography: 

More info: Why should you say no to sexting:

Collective Shout is Melinda Tankard-Reist’s grassroots movement aimed at stopping the ‘pornification’ of society, especially regarding women and girls.You can also get involved with them through their Facebook page. Fight The New Drug is another great resource to get you clued up on what porn is doing to individuals and society. They also gave us permission to share this video on our blog. Their Facebook photos are filled with young adults who have caught the vision to fight porn world wide. If you’re interested in porn-proofing your computer for the sake of your family, Covenant Eyes is the place to go.

Women & #Gamergate

There is a continuing controversy surrounding the video games industry that is refusing to die down.

Gamergate, as it has come to be known, initially examined the relationship between those who report on video games and those who create them.

Indie game developer Zoe Quinn was falsely accused of sleeping with a games journalist Nathan Grayson to receive better coverage for her work.

As the claims were made by Quinn’s ex-boyfriend and the game in question was never reviewed by Grayson’s company the allegations have been dismissed as untrue.

Before this accusation was refuted however not only was more attention placed on Zoe Quinn than on Nathan Grayson, some of it was aggressive and violent.

While this is just one part of a larger complex story, it brought discussions that the gaming community has had about sexism and misogyny into the mainstream media.

Women in the industry and female gamers have long been critical of how they are treated and how women in games are portayed.

Apart from Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian has been another victim of harassment and bullying due to her Kickstarter funded web series Trope vs Women in Videogames.

Not only did Ms Sarkeesian receive backlash for her criticism of how women in video games are potrayed, she was even forced out of her home.

Online gaming is also proving a potentially hostile environment for female gamers.

Gaming, Social Media and Tech Journalist Rae Johnston has ceased playing online with people she calls “randoms” due to the treatment she receives.

“I’m invariably treated with either hostility, contempt or subjected to constant rape threats,” Ms Johnston says.

“Especially if I’m winning.”

Geek Bomb founder Maude Garrett has been reluctant to even venture beyond playing with friends online.

“I don’t open my mic and I don’t play in open lobbies,” Ms Garrett says.

“I’ve had mainly positive experiences when I’ve branched out with this, but not enough to make me want to continue it.”

Due to the events such as gamergate becoming so prominent, outlets such as Forbes, Time as well as Australia’s ABC have begun to report on issues they’ve rarely examined before.

Celebrities such as film director Joss Whedon and game developers such as Double Fine Studio’s Tim Schafer also voiced their support particularly for Sarkeesian.

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While there have been some extreme examples of misogynistic behaviour, there are those who disagree that it is a wide spread problem.

Feminist and author Christina Hoff Sommers is one such critic of this idea.

Dr Sommers , who posts Youtube videos under the name ‘Factual Feminist’ is critical of those who argue aggressive behaviour towards Ms Sarkeesian and Ms Quinn is part of the broader gaming culture.

Other Youtubers have been critical of some of the views that Ms Sarkeesian and others have put forward such as the creator of the Unfairreviews channel.

Sexism in the gaming world is a debate that has raged on since Ms Pacman was identified as female by adding makeup, high heels and a bow.

It is likely to keep raging long after the gamergate controversy has been long forgotten.

exposing the dirty truth of a pornified culture