Watching the intimate acts of other human beings, I believe, is a subject of common intrigue. We watch romantic films, read romance novels, and try to imagine ourselves in the arms of the attractive protagonist. Where, however, does this obsession jump to a level of perversion and deviancy? There seems to be a fine line we try to walk. We hide our natural desires for the fear of being cast out as a pedophile or sick individual. With pornographic films, one might say we can simply view these images and graphic films, release these pent up feelings, rather than holding them back. I don't know if this is true, but it's a delicious debate to have.
Since the seventeen hundreds, writers have written about giving in to your deepest pleasures and desires, no matter how over-the-top they might be. This is especially true with French writer The Marquis De Sade, who wrote some of the most violent and wild pornographic stories I've ever come across. His worked was both loved and shunned during his lifetime to the point where he was kept hidden away in prisons and insane asylums throughout France. Some even said his works had the power to ignite acts of rape and murder to those who read his work.
This is history, but it's a history which has been forgotten by many, until modern story tellers and filmmakers gave his story a new life with the film Quills. "We Eat. We Shit. We Fuck. We Kill. And We Die." The Marquis De Sade wasn't the first, and certainly not the last to find away to express himself through the ways of sex and physical appetites.The 1940s marked some of the most famous forms of pornography with the classic shots of pinups to send to the brave men who were fighting for our country during the second world war. They could have their cataclysmic release and continue to fight without the pent up sexual frustration, though some might say this tension may have been just what a good fighter needs to survive (debatable though).
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Soon after came the still-popular magazines like Play Boy and Penthouse. Both of them starting with the classier look of naked women, then further down the line began to push the envelope with less clothes, more exposure; each leading to the pay of higher sexual gratification. As this acceptance increased, so did the hunger for more, now porn is more over the top with more extreme acts of sex then one can even dream of. Is this a good change? Is a bad change? Many are still arguing these questions.
Are porn stars just glorified prostitutes, or are they actual human beings who maybe once tried to be entertainers but become themselves victims of circumstance? I'd like to think they are victims. In interviews with several different porn stars, maybe eight out of ten confessed to being the victims of sexual molestation. Overshadowed by the judgments of many, this is a truth that's often forgotten.
The porn industry is now a multimillion dollar industry with millions of viewers who need the sight of a porn star being destroyed sexually in order to "get off". But it isn't just men as most might think; women are some of the biggest consumers of porn, for many different reasons. Always being told to be nice girls when they were little, porn might make them feel empowered to do things in the bedroom which might blow the minds of their lovers. Others might want to look like the women in the films and pictures, with their plastic breasts and well trimmed bodies. Some women might just want the escape, with the feeling of a powerful orgasm that renders them speechless; something a man, or another woman, might not be able to provide for them. Whatever the reason is, women are watching porn and are just as obsessed as the men who watch it.
The obsession will never end. Not in my opinion. If anything, pornography will grow to find new ways to defy the laws of sexual gravity. It will quite the thing to see as the years pass. Will it be beneficial, or will it be the destruction of our nation? Only time will tell.