The term pornography originates from two Greek words, porne, which means harlot, and graphein, which means to write. My belief is that the combination of the two words was originally meant to describe, in literature, the sexual escapades of women deemed to be whores. As time has passed, this definition of pornography has grown to include any and all obscene literature and pictures. At the present date, the term is basically a blanket, which covers all types of material such as explicit literature, photography, films, and videotapes with varying degrees of sexual content.
Pornography is a social problem and is a commodity brought into existence by certain characteristics of a highly developed civilization. The problem with pornography is that any form of censorship or suppression cannot solve it. These aggressive methods would merely aggravate the disease and create other tragic consequences. Prevention is better than cure, and by diagnosing the psychological motives of those who consume pornography, we may be able to change the instincts involved (McCune, 14).
Television, perhaps more than any other medium, is the average persons first glimpse at pornography. It invades your home through regular programming, cable and videos. A large part of this pornographic blitz pairs sexual pleasure with violence and develops the concept that women are expendable (McCune, 18). There are countless plots on television dealing with rape, murder, kidnapping, and beatings. All of this done to the leading man's wife or girlfriend and has become the rule. Similarly, pornography in movies has become common entertainment. These movies leave little to the imagination and exhibit the most violent scenes of bondage, rape, and mutilation. The ultimate being the so-called "snuff" films where the victim is killed at the culmination of the abusers sexual release.
Your telephone has also become a vehicle for pornography through the infamous 900 numbers.