CHAPTER 1THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTINGSIntroductionPornography
is the explicit depiction of sexual subject matter with the soleintention of sexually exciting the viewer. It is to a certain extent similar to erotica, which is the useof sexually arousing imagery. Over the past few decades, an immense industry for the productionand consumption of pornography has grown, due to emergence of the VCR, the DVD, andInternet, as well as the emergence of social attitudes more tolerant of sexual portrayals.The content of pornography is a function of many things, including culture, history, biology, andtechnology. Over time, pornography has grown more and more sexually explicit as producers havetaken advantage of the freedoms that accompanied the spread of democracy. Pornography and itsappeal are nothing new to mankind. What makes pornography a forbidden practice, is its promiscuous and uninhibited nature. Source:
Millions of people access pornographic sites around the globe everyday.The battle of defending and fighting pornography is one that will never end since the two opposingviews are equally strong. Pro-pornography or anti-pornography, the Western world remainsobsessed with sex and its means of expression; that is why the pornography issue will not easilydisappear. The reasons for opposing pornography are as diverse as it gets. Religious groups andlots of academic educators believe that pornography demoralizes society's values and ethics.