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The film makes the assertion that pornography contributes to a climate in which rape is tolerated/normalized. This does not infer that pornography causes rape. It simply means that it produces and sustains gender roles that perpetuate violence against women.
Do you agree?/Disagree?
In most instances of pornography, whose image or perspective of sex is being depicted (male or female)?
What are the facial expressions of the woman? Is she often portrayed as enjoying it? Do you ever encounter images suggesting pain, violence or coercion?
Are men's bodies scrutinized in the same way that women's bodies are?
Are the images realistic representations of sex in our culture? What, if anything, is missing?
Why are men still buying the majority of pornography?
Pornography is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Who controls and benefits from it? What are their incentives? Their views of women?
What is sexual liberation for both women and men? What would images of both look like?
Teens 16 to 19 are three
and one-half times more
likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape
or sexual assault.
Source: National Crime
Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996.