What Do You Know About Pornography?
Pornography is defined as a representation of sexual behaviour in books, pictures, statues, motion pictures, and other media that is intended to cause sexual excitement. The distinction between pornography (illicit and condemned material) and erotica (which is broadly tolerated) is largely subjective and reflects changing community standards.
Here are some random facts about pornography: A new porn film is created in the United States every 39 minutes. Women like to watch lesbian porn more than straight sex. The 1988 People vs. Freeman court cases stated that adult film production, as long as it does not “hurt” others, was protected as free speech under the First Amendment. 20% of men and 13% of women admit to watching porn online at work. Pornography addiction is a behavioral addiction that causes serious negative consequences of physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being. It is estimated that the monetary size of the porn industry in the United States is 10–12 Billion dollars. Pornography revenue is larger than all professional basketball, baseball, and football franchises — combined. Porn revenue is more than the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC which is $6.2 billion. Twelve percent of all websites on the Internet are pornographic. Over 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites. Around 70% of men aged 18–24 visit porn sites in a typical month. Child pornography generates around $3 billion annually. There are over 116,000 searches for “child pornography” every day. Every second the online porn industry makes over $3,000. Every second, nearly 30,000,000 unique Internet users view porn. Nearly 2.5 billion emails per day are pornographic, which is 8% of all emails. Over 35% of all Internet downloads are pornographic. Nearly one in four Internet search queries are about porn (68 million a day). There are around 42 million porn websites. 25%–33% of those who watch Internet porn are women. Porn makes up 30% of all the data transferred across the Internet. The average age of first Internet porn exposure is 11 years old. Disseminating pornography to a minor is considered illegal in most U.S. states. The only remaining pornography taboo that is nearly universally accepted is child pornography.
Pornography is different from erotica. Erotica portrays sexuality in high-art which focuses on feelings and emotions. Pornography focuses on sex in a sensational manner and emphasizes the physical act to arouse a quick reaction. The distinction between porn and erotica is always shifting because the very definition of pornography is subjective and contextual. An image may be considered erotic in one culture and condemned as pornographic in another.
Porn is often divided into two categories: soft-core and hard-core. A work is hard-core if it includes graphic sexual activity, visible penetration, and unstimulated sex scenes. Soft-core porn typically contains nudity or partial nudity in sexually suggestive scenes, but does not include explicit sexual activity, penetration, or extreme fetishism.
A survey of Hilton, Marriot, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels found that almost 70% of their room service profits came from porn movies.
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