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Erotic art is not simply a modern means of sexual expression Sexual representation of the human body dates back to prehistoric times where the worship of genitalia and sexuality were considered integral in promoting fertility educating newly weds and warding off evil spirits Kelly 2001 p424 The commercialization of sexuality is not a contemporary movement either Prostitution is considered to be one of the earliest professions and provided in many instances financial security for women in a largely male dominated society and sexual pleasure for men without long term financial or emotional restraints In the mass-communicable literate society we find ourselves in today pornography continues this ancient tradition providing a functional alternative to prostitution Polsky 1967 p187 This industry continues to thrive as can be seen by simply perusing any of newsagent or pornographic stores in Vancouver An estimated eight billion dollars a year is spent in the US on pornography six billion of this by men Strossen 2000 pxxiv Voices for and against pornography are equally loud and persuasive Those against pornography cite associations between pornography and aggressive behavior Cameron Frazer 1992 p367 the portrayal of mens bodies simply as machines Livingston 2001 p E2 and the degradation of women including the socialization of the of submissive female the portrayal of women solely as sex objects and the perpetuation of the rape myth that women want to be raped Kelly 2001 p429 Advocates of pornography shout the right to freedom of expression Kaminer 2000 p xi note the number of jobs it creates Polsky 1967 p196 and the benefits associated with the normalization of sexual desire Moore 1985 p64 as well as promoting the ability of pornography to provide treatment for sexual dysfunction and to improve marital relationships through modeling of sexual technique United States Department of Justice 1986 p1028 Sanders Deal and Myers-Bowman 1999 p proposed a categorization of sexually explicit material ranging from no actual nudity with pictures of models
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