Is the Portrayal of Women to Blame for Sexual Assault?

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017


With the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sparking women to speak out and others to be accused, crimes committed by various celebrities and politicians, have come to light. Most recently, sexual assault allegations against Star Trek actor George Takei and comedian Louis C.K,  along with pedophilia allegations against House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, have all come to light.

The #MeToo movement works to call out sexual predators. Hundreds of victims have come forward, finding strength in the community. They cannot believe that men, women, and even children are seen as sexual objects to the accused. However, looking at society over the years, let me ask you, is it really that shocking?

Sex plays a large role in almost every part of society and we glorify it. The biggest culprit: Hollywood. With all the sex, nudity, sexual themes, and skimpy outfits we see in movies, it’s clear that Hollywood uses sex to sell. The Fifty Shades of Grey movies are essentially porn promoted through the guise of a popular storyline.

We’re all shocked that these Hollywood executives attempted or succeed to sexual harass or assault them, but society and the media have done their best to sexualize everything. Our hookup and one night stand culture has taught people to make their lives revolve around sex. It’s literally everywhere. A lot of female movie or TV characters are sexualized, even if they are actually an important part of the story and not just cheap fan service.

Hardy’s and Godaddy.com have used sex as a marketing scheme.

There was a time where people hid the fact that they enjoyed porn and even masturbated. Now, we celebrate it. Embracing your sexuality has become a positive change in the past few decades as people are no longer hiding who they are from their families and community as social networks and media build nationwide communities for people who would otherwise feel alone.

Now, I’m already aware that people will tell you that watching porn does not increase sexual assault. Whether there is or is not any direct correlation between active porn viewing and sexual assault, we can all agree it doesn’t exactly help and certainly doesn’t increase a viewer’s respect for women. The articles below from two psychologists show that porn, in fact, does cause viewers to look at women differently and disconnect from them emotionally leading them to see women as objects of their sexual desires. Dr. Syras Derksen even states that porn absolutely can lead to “hostile sexism” and can cause even a non-sexist viewer to degrade and objectify women.

Pornography teaches boys and men that women are good for one thing and one thing only: sex.

Everything being covered here comes down to one thing, the fall of morality. Morality is out and immorality is in. Society does not want to be moral, yet finds extreme cases of immorality appalling. The majority of celebrities accused are people society has hailed for years: Harvey Weinstein, George Takei, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, Al Franken.

When the media started to report that Mike Pence will not meet one on one with a female over dinner, the media mocked him. Looking at the majority of stories of sexual assault by celebrities or powerful men, we see that a lot of them occurred when the accused and the victims were alone in a hotel room.

Maybe Pence is onto something here, the answer to the problem is pretty simple: encourage morality. We, as a society, need to stop selling sex and instead encourage respect. We absolutely do not teach respect right now, especially when it comes to political views. If we want to combat the gross amount of disrespectful behavior, simply encourage respect and combat gross immorality, by encourage morality.

 

 

Photo Credit: David Shankbone

 

Zachary Thomas is a student at York Technical College, a freelance writer, and an engineer at a commercial cabinetry company. Though his passion for politics hasn't been around long, he has always had an interest in the law and plans to further his education to become a lawyer. He loves his God, his country, his family, and his sweaters.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Zachary Thomas is a student at York Technical College, a freelance writer, and an engineer at a commercial cabinetry company. Though his passion for politics hasn't been around long, he has always had an interest in the law and plans to further his education to become a lawyer. He loves his God, his country, his family, and his sweaters.

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