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Female privilege is not being seen as a pervert for watching porn.

The pornography industry is more ubiquitous than any other media industry, with a collective annual income of around $12 billion - $3 billion per year more than the collective box office revenue for the mainstream film industry. About $4.9 billion of this is revenue from the internet alone. There are also thousands of sites devoted to FREE video hosting for pornography, and millions of men and women (but mostly women) who perform in these films every year.

Most pornography caters to men and features predominantly heterosexual activity. In society, the fact that men in general watch a lot of pornography is an accepted standard, which is why there is relatively much less pornography created with the female interest in mind. In fact, many mainstream pornographic films feature sex acts that demean, degrade, humiliate, or reduce women. However, the women in the films act as though this is the treatment they deserve and in fact desire. These kinds of depictions lead to the increasing acceptance of rape myths.

Many content analyses have been performed to study the content of mainstream pornography and its effects on the attitudes and beliefs of men and women who are exposed to it. Studies show that most mainstream pornography will depict at least one action or behavior that counts as sexual aggression or violence - physical or verbal - meaning that most consumers of pornography are exposed to sexually violent content. In most cases, the aggressor is male and the victim is female. Research suggests that women who view this male-catered content are more likely to be disgusted than aroused, whereas men are more likely to be aroused - especially in cases where it appears as though the victim is enjoying being hurt or degraded.

A quick glance at the first page of popular adult film video hosting site xnxx.com reveals that even on highest-rated, most popular video clips, it is outrageously common to see words like “slut,” “whore,” and “cumslut” used synonymously with “woman” or “girl,” and many of the video titles include suggestions of violence or other unwanted aggression.

Titles such as “Barely Legal” suggest that the pornography industry has very little concern over the reasons why consent and statutory rape laws exist in the first place - to protect younger adolescents from decisions they may not be ready to make - and instead celebrates the removal of these restrictions from still very young boys and girls (but mainly girls).

It is important to note that all of these findings come from the study of mainstream pornography - not just fringe pornography like fetish, BDSM, dom/sub, or any other marginalized category.

With this general yet unspoken acceptance of disproportionately male viewership in the pornography industry - and all of the potentially negative psychological effects that come with it - women have very little stake in what happens in this industry, including how our own gender is portrayed. Very little erotica is crafted for women. All of this stems from the “purity myth” surrounding women - that we are supposed to be virginal and nonsexual creatures except when men desire us; then we are over-sexualized and branded “whores” and “nymphos.” Where male masturbation is considered a fact of life and “just something boys do,” females are taught that masturbating is not ladylike. This results in many women finding it harder to achieve orgasm later in life.

In sum, while it might be true that men are often teased for their pornography consumption - especially among teenage peers - male viewership of pornography is highly more accepted and catered to than female viewership, and this behavior has extremely negative consequences for women in particular.