You hit enter, waiting patiently for some information about the White House to come up so you can begin your report for Social Studies. The next thing that comes up isn't exactly what you're looking for. Naked women, horses, whips, and other devices commonly used for sexual acts of dominion and bestiality pop up on your screen. You know your not supposed to see that, but there's just a little bit of curiosity that makes you look around to see if anyone is watching. You continue on to see what else is behind that screen. This is a commonly found scenario of Internet Pornography.
Pornography is defined in the Encarta Encyclopedia as films, magazines, writing, photographs, or other materials that are sexually explicit and intended to arouse sexual excitement in their audience. Deriving from the Greek words porne ("prostitute") and graphein "(to write"), the word pornography originally referred to any work of art or literature dealing with sex and sexual themes, or meaning "depictions of the activities of whores." Pornography is one of the most controversial forms of expression.
The history of pornography goes back as early as the 1950's with Playboy. "By the 1970's, hard-core pornographic movie theaters emerged. In the 1980's, pornography was moving to the privacy of one's own home by technological advances such as video cassette recorders and cable television" ("Effects..."). This has now become available on the fastest, largest technological advance of the century: the Internet.
A clinical psychologist found that the first thing that happened after viewing pornography was an addiction-effect ("Effects..."). Once involved, they keep going back for more. These addictions often cause many negative consequences such as divorce, losing family and problems with the law. These consequences, however, have a cause-effect reaction. With the loss of a spouse, the viewer then turns back to the pornography (Cline). Every addiction demands a first step, and unfortunately, there are no harmless addictions.
Although Odysseus and the Sirens are known as a part of Greek mythology, the Sirens' song lured them over the edge where there was no turning back. While not every person who drinks is an alcoholic and not everybody who looks at porn is addicted, indulgence in anything leads to greater indulgence.
Ted Bundy, a serial killer of possibly 31 young women, just hours before his execution, stated, "You are going to kill me, and that will protect society from me. But out there are many, many more people who are addicted to pornography, and you are doing nothing about that" ("Effects..."). Here, we have a convicted serial killer telling us to do something about this problem and we argue the fact whether or not pornography is harmful.
After the White House, porn scene popped up, a familiar warning came up on the computer screen: "You must be 18 to enter." Does anyone really think this method keeps kids off adult sites on the Internet? "All you have...