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Pornography And The Decline Of Sexual Morality

2051 words - 8 pages

Sexual morality has declined in America today. The immoral life can be seen all

around us. We see it in drugs, alcohol, movies, magazines, gangs, teenage pregnancy,

pre-marital sex, and society as a whole. A person can walk into almost any convenience

store and purchase a magazine depicting naked women. Videos and movies with graphic

sex scenes can be rented or watched in any movie theater. They have become more

common than ever before. Almost every movie with an "R" rating will have at least one

sex scene. Even Forrest Gump, a highly acclaimed movie, had a sexual act and nudity

involved. Also public television has been known to show nudity and sex. Allusions are

made to sex in every part of our life. Work, school, sports, and recreation are all forums

through which unhealthy sexual views are expressed.

One of the more predominant and obvious forums for the proliferation of

unhealthy sexual desires is pornography. Pornography is displaying the human body in a

perverse, sexual way. It can be found in film, magazine, television, on CD-ROM, and

even the internet, and can range from "soft-core", depicting natural poses and action, to

"hard-core", or depicting sex combined with violence, that any reasonable, decent, well-

adjusted human being would recognize as horrible and disgusting. Much pornography is

socially acceptable, with few people actively speaking out against it.

Pornography can be bought at many "adult" or "adult novelty" shops. One only

has to listen to any popular local radio station after 8 P.M. to hear strings of

advertisements for local pornographic outlets. Television advertisements are shown

also, but not as often as on the radio. Pornography is so socially acceptable in

today's society, that it is protected by the same amendment to the constitution that allows

Pro-Life groups to protest abortion, the first amendment to the constitution. For years,

the first amendment has been quoted to support pornography, as well as everything from

freedom to protest abortion, to freedom of holding Nazi views. The first amendment was

drafted, not to protect boring, popular, or inoffensive views, however, but to protect the

right of people to hold and express controversial ideas.

There is a line, though. A television network cannot show images of children

having sex, but it can show a naked woman, if the perspective is such that certain parts of

her body are not seen. In Germany, access is blocked to certain "chat rooms" which

contain pedophile pornography. In Denmark, the government has dropped all legal

barriers against pornography for adults. Explicit magazines cannot be sold to anyone

under the age of eighteen, showing...

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