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PORN ‘MAKES MEN MORE SEXIST’
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DOES porn encourage negative effects on the safety of women and contribute to their abuse by men?

There are still many different views on porn, with some pointing out that it can actually have a positive effect in relationships where partners have different sex drives, for example.

There are also many kinds of porn, not all of which show women in degraded sexual situations. “Feminist” porn, for example, often features storylines, and only shows contracted, paid adults having consensual sex.

But there’s a growing outcry internationally against the negativity towards women being caused by porn, with many saying the internet is to blame for making it so easily accessible.

One 2015 study in America showed that 30% of all data transferred online is porn. It is estimated that 70% of men consume porn compared to 30% of women.

Britain this week became the most recent country to try to get to grips with the impact porn is having on society.

A Women and Equalities report was presented in Britain’s parliament on Tuesday, the Sun is reporting.

The report contained some very serious claims about the harmful contribution porn makes to women’s experience in society. It says there is evidence that men who watch it are far “more likely to hold sexist attitudes and be sexually aggressive towards women”.

Women and girls in public spaces were “routinely and sometimes relentlessly” harassed on the street and in parks, on public transport, in bars, clubs and universities, and online.

Women did not feel safe. They were forced to change the routes they travel home, take off headphones while running and switch train carriages to avoid “far reaching” abuse.

Surveys have found two thirds of women in Britain had experienced unwanted sexual attention in public places, like “upskirting”.

“Upskirting” is when a filming device like a phone is secretly placed under a woman’s skirt to film her thighs and bum.

As many as 85% of 18 to 24-year-old women and girls had experienced rape threats and men exposing themselves or groping them, said the report.

Recommendations include banning the watching of porn on buses and trains, and requiring bars and clubs to take action to prevent harassment.

 

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