(Rough Draft) How Porn Distorts our Views on Art and Nudity

BY CYNTHIA HOANG

(This article is still undergoing progress)

Pornified culture has made it difficult for girls and women to be comfortable in their own skin (their natural bodies).

Sexist conservative views put pressure on females to always censor most of their bodies with clothes…yet when it comes to sexual objectification of female bodies, such as porn or softcore pornographic advertisements such as bikini models or lingerie, no one really complains.

We are all naked by default and were all born nude. One problem with capitalism is that it exploits the shame we developed towards our natural being as everyone is constantly pressured into always covering themselves up with clothes or fabric that are bought, even when we feel as if we’re being baked in an oven in high-temperature weather.

Capitalism also exploits off the low self-esteem of girls and women who feel that their breasts aren’t symmetrical, perky enough, nor large enough. If female breasts weren’t sexualised (which porn culture does a great job at), the cosmetic surgery industry would be making way less profit as breast implants wouldn’t be a thing. Same with the lingerie business as they constantly sell padded push-up bras to give the illusion of bigger and perkier breasts on females. There is nothing wrong with women having naturally small breasts (and if that was the case, small-breasted females wouldn’t have succeeded in natural selection—they would have all gone extinct). And yet so many teenage girls and women are unhappy about their breast size or feel that they aren’t “woman enough” given the ridiculous standards and expectations constantly promoted in porn culture. Normally the natural breast size of skinny/slim/fit girls and women are on the small/smaller side because breasts are partially composed of fat.

It is truly unfortunate that we live in a patriarchal society that sexualises (makes sexual) female and female-looking bodies to the point where there are many girls and women who feel ashamed of their own bodies. When males go topless in public, no one really cares (unless it’s cold out). When females, even the technically “flat-chested” ones go topless in public, all of the sudden people get mad, shocked, or perverted (i.e. ogling, sexual harassment).

There are even mothers who feel ashamed of breastfeeding in public given the fact that pornography and patriarchal religious teachings have fetishised female breasts as if they are sexual body parts when really they aren’t (as well breasts have nothing to do with the sexual reproductive system as they are not necessary to make a female pregnant nor do they impact how a woman gives birth).

Illustration credit: David Horsey (cartoonist)


If female breasts are sexual, why then do children such as babies have access to them? Because if that’s the case, then it would be considered child sex abuse whenever a mother offers her baby the nipple. In African tribes, there are women who walk around topless and the men don’t even care. They don’t even get turned on by all that exposure (because again, female breasts aren’t sexual body parts despite what western patriarchal teachings say). Sure there are brain scan studies revealing that nipples are erogenous zones but if we were to grow up constantly thinking that non-sexual body parts such as our necks are sexual, our brains would register that as sexual body parts too and we might feel sexually aroused from stimulation of our necks.

In art, nudity is for aesthetic admiration of the human body.
In porn, nudity is fetishised or sexualised for the purpose of quick orgasms; it degrades art.
It is important to remind others that pornography and other forms of sexual objectification are not art.
And if it is, it’s “fart” (we were just making a light-hearted joke here).

This is another good reason why to hate pornography and porn culture as they sexually objectify and capitalise (profit) off sexual exploitation of human bodies, especially the bodies of girls and women. Porn promotes and reinforces rape culture where often girls and women are victim-blamed in situations of sexual harassment or sexual assault for not covering themselves “enough”.

And if we are going bring up dignity (self-respect) as an argument again this, well, dignity is more-so about character rather than what we look like. Pornography does a great job at cheapening dignity.

(This article is copyrighted by Vancouver Anti-Porn Society.)

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