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Porn vs. Violence: why is murder on tv ok, but we can’t watch porn during primetime?

Posted by E on September 27, 2007

In the wake of new video games that glorify combat violence, as well as the increasing popularity of gruesome TV shows like CSI and Numbers, I feel the need to take on the old question I’ve always asked myself: why is violence “sexy” on tv and in the movies, while nudity is considered risque and bordering on obscene? In other words, why can’t we watch porn during primetime?

As a regular, thinking individual with no predisposition toward any “moral” or religious reasons behind my formulation of opinions, I have to really ask:

Why isn’t sex and nudity mainstream on television? Why, instead, is violence, murder and dismemberment so popular? Sex is a natural act for human beings; it is something we will all engage in at some point. And of course, we come into this world naked and leave it the same way. So why is nudity considered obscene? Why are pornographic movies not played on mainstream television? The reality of porn is that it is a seeking of pleasure, an unabashed, rutting seeking of gratification and pleasure. Why is it wrong? Yet serial killers who rape, maim and kill are depicted on prime time every night?

I remember being about six years old and visiting my parents’ friends who lived in Sweden. One night, while the adults were busy talking, one of my playmates picked up the remote control and started surfing the channels. This being Scandinavia, porn flicks were not limited to the after midnight only rule, so we randomly discovered a show where a man was taking a woman’s dress off and licking her breast. I was fascinated to see such a thing – I always thought that only babies nurse at their mothers’ breasts, so why was this grown man doing this?

Suddenly, my mother flew into the room and proceeded to freak out. She covered my eyes and grabbed the remote control, muttering intelligibly about this being “dirty”, terrible stuff. I tried to ask what the two people were doing, but she just wanted to have no part in explaining anything. No discussion ever took place, but I understood that there were terrible, unspoken things that men and women did which involved being naked.

Fast-forward a couple of decades, I am a pre-law university student studying criminal psychology before CSI ever made it out of a nutcase producer’s feverish brain. The only risque shows on television were Law & Order, which now pales in comparison to the more disturbing trend of tv and movies such as Saw, Hostel, Irreversible, the Hills have Eyes, High Tension, Wolf Creek, The Departed, and even Passion of the Christ, which is basically a snuff film rapped up in religious zealotry.

As I studied the profiles of serial killers in my class, I never once found it to be a glorious and exciting event. Volunteering inside prisons, where I talked with women who killed their children, I never thought that in just a few short years the university’s Criminology program would be teeming with Forensic Inspector-wanna-bees who unabashedly would declare that their interest was first aroused by shows like CSI.

Why is it so fascinating for people to see limbs being severed, eyes being gouged out, entrailes removed, torsos crushed with hammers and pick axes, and women being raped and tortured, yet mainstream porn films which show women enjoying themselves be considered so wrong? Why does everyone assume that porn is the “gateway drug” to crime, when in reality only a minuscule number of porn-watchers become actual rapists? And how many of those rapists actually got off on violent films, using the realism involved in television portrayals of torture and murder as feeding fodder for their imagination?
I would rather my child watch a porn film anyday before allowing her to see half the primetime shows on TV.

These violent movies and video games on a subconscious level begin to change you. They are destroying a new generation of youngsters, robbing them of their own humanity, since it is humanity itself that is being degraded, mutilated, and has its soul ripped out for bloody entertainment. We have travelled back into the dark annals of a gory Roman time where the only form of entertainment was to see massacres and blood flowing through the acqueducts of Colloseum forums.

The dead are no longer human; they are things you look at, but no longer comprehend that they are like you. The tortured, the dismembered, the grotesquely murdered are only entertainment.

Yet anything to do with the beauty of the naked human form, with its enjoyment of the senses, and yes, this includes sex, is being puritanically and categorically censored. Even in the Middle Ages all the way up to the Impressionist era, the beauty of the human form was pursued in creative outlets. Only this “advanced” century would have Michaelangelo’s David and his Sistine Chapel nudes censored in elementary schools.

Just two weeks ago Facebook banned several women who had uploaded photos of themselves nursing their babies. Under the auspices of these photos being “Obscene” since they involved a partial view of a woman’s naked breast, the Facebook gestapo would rather believe that babies nursing is a sick act, unnatural, immodest and dirty.

How low has this society come, for people to regard natural life aspects like sex, childbirth and nursing as something to be held privately, behind closed doors, yet unnatural blood and gore as exciting, fun and gratifying entertainment?

I would not want to be a child growing up in this violent, irrational time. I dread to think of the effects on their maturing psyches. In this age, murder is no longer taboo; it is something that gets you on TV.

In this age, to be a celebrity you just have to be an anorexic rich walking imbecile, a pop singer or an actor. Should you invent the cure for cancer and HIV, should you discover new constellations, write great novels and dance like the wind, you are certain to go to your grave without being a coffee-table name. But if you shoot a few people on a university campus, you can be sure to have your name on a collectible trading card.

Sad.

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10 Responses to “Porn vs. Violence: why is murder on tv ok, but we can’t watch porn during primetime?”

  1. thats true . i think this is really true . the govnt should look upon this

  2. abcs said

    I always saw the desensitization to violence through fictional media to be a way to desensitize individuals to violence in general, particularly those depicted in the media that are non-fictional (ie. wars) In this regard, people become ignorant to the grotesqueness of the wars fought at the expense of the lives of people and view it simply as another “fact” of life rather than being appalled by it and genuinely opposed to it.
    Sex, and open sexual behaviour, is sinful in most Christian culture which is why it is not shown on US television. Since there are no political gains from sexual behaviour, it is easy to complain about it, particularly to remove concern from more important matters.

    I remember seeing in the news a year or so ago that a secret part of Grand Theft Auto had a scene where two people were having sex. It was all over the media about “how can we show this to our children?” I remember Hillary Clinton complaining about it. But no one even thought to look at the type of game that it was in, where you play as a person that runs over people in the streets, steals cars and kills people. I thought it was rather amusing how retarded the view on inappropriate material is.

    I also found it hard to believe that we can show our children violent movies but do not allow them to hear the swear words that pale in comparison, and the swears are censored out of movies shown on TV but violence rarely is.

  3. RevGreg said

    I have to say that I am in 1000% agreement with you, I being a open theist Christian, and at the risk of sounding like the church lady on SNL would suggest that these R and NR films like wolf creek etc are sublimely satanic, and are changing young minds to accept something really horrific that is coming doen the pike in the near future. But this is your blog and I am happy that you are not blind to what is going on. One thing I am sure that you know some porn of the BDSM fame makes some R rated horror films pale by comparison. But I agree that the XXX porn that stays away from (non consensual maybe) BDSM and deals with normal sex (whatever that is) is Ok by my clergy. Too bad my congregation consists of myself and my basset hound Bogie. The I am an minister and own a couple of very modest non profits and a non preaching church, and would like to say that I find your views very uplifting and fresh. Keep publishing !

  4. RevGreg said

    sorry I hit the send button before I sent the above….duhhh, hey its early AM here!

  5. Richard said

    I don’t understand nor like it ether. I saw 13 ghosts on Sci-Fi channel a basic cable channel that any kid could see and this movies contains murder, gruesome, gory, and violent images, which the channel didn’t cut much out of and yet one of the characters is a nude ghost girl and they edited the movie to show her wearing a white bra and panties. Why was the violence, and gore aloud to be seen but the nudity wasn’t?

  6. sara said

    I am 100% anti porn. I do not believe it serves any positive purpose. I understand that people will drag on and say they use it when they aren’t having sex with their wives or to spice things up blah blah blah. The fact is, if you have to look at other people having sex to get “turned on”, you have a serious issue. Yes, I understand that men are “visual beings”, should that be an excuse to participate in an industry that mainly focuses on the exploitation of women and encourages violence towards women? Porn is prostitution in action, so if you watch porn you must think that prostitution should also be legal. The only difference is porn is taxed.

    Prime time tv is sickening, but its’ up to the parents to control what they allow their children to watch. You don’t want the government telling you that you can’t get an abortion, or that you have to vaccinate your children, but you want to government (media) also know as the 4th estate to have control over educating your children through television? That doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. river said

    I think porn also affects the subconscious mind and makes children more prone to fall in inappropriate sexual behavior, and also become desensitized to sexual behavior from somebody else. I think a child who watches porn are more vulnerable to molestation and per example, internet predators. Because kids will become curious about sex and enjoy talking about it, which can easily end up in their molestation.

  8. Elisa said

    Are you kidding? Kids being curious about sex isn’t a bad thing, and by talking about it and being educated about it (not through porn as a tool, mind you), they will actually be more streetsmart and alert to predators, as opposed to kids who don’t know anything about sex, sexual predators, and are too trusting.

    Becoming desensitized to sexual behaviour is not the big problem here; being desensitized to violence at a young age leads to school shootings and physically-abusive bullying. It’s scary, seeing this new generation of kids being turned to mindless drones by the violence of video games and sick horror movies. Watching porn, by comparison, is a walk through the park.

    Ask yourself this – if you think porn will affect kids subconsciously and make them fall prey to depraved behaviour, what will graphic violence do to them?

  9. erick said

    I think that neither of these things should ever have been shown to children in the first place but, since violence has been shown there is nothing we can do to stop it if the government stops any of the domestic violence now the children would become depressed and start to make violence on their own leading to total destruction of the US.

  10. Nathaniel C. Nome De Plume said

    I have looked over the bible some and find references to men enjoying beautiful women and see how men react to this and do not feel any shame. I also see horror and violent movies portrayed and can hardly stand the commercials for them. I personally find most violent including “The walking Dead” show horrible and can hardly stand it and realize that our visions are distorted. Some nudity and skin seen offends me almost none and I have no issues with it but I do take offense at the violence seen. Most of the religious objections are too high and mighty as it assumes we know who “God” has put together. Admonitions about divorce and infidelity are often misplaced and more judgmental than Jesus would ever have been. I do not take offense at most basic sexual acts between understanding adults. What bothers me is sanctimoneous piety of those I very well know feel the same “lust in their hearts” most straight men feel. If they are not committed and made promises, I do not see any reason that they are not free to pursue relationships that please them. We all just should take responsibility for our actions and be safe. I would much rather have less violence and accurate portrayal of loving relationships than the current video and television fare. Depraved behavior of the previous writer is in the eye of the beholder. Sexual behavior openness is on more of a scale of comfort for privacy of the beholder and can be metered by watching other things out there. What I do object to is the open violence as this does damage sensibilities. What you consider porn, I may just consider two people expressing their love and desire for each other. God says the greatest of all is Love of the commandments. Nothing expressing that can be ungodly.

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