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Pornography: Still not a love story

Towards an understanding of pornography as a particularly violent form of prostitution

Pornography has become omnipresent thanks to the internet, and its codes have pervaded our daily lives through fashion, advertising, the media, etc. By staging violence without strict limits, pornography modifies the behaviour of men towards women and promotes what is commonly known as ‘rape culture.’ It is at this juncture that pornography and prostitution coincide: both are instruments of domination that exacerbate relationships of inequality and are complicit in legitimizing violence. Pornography is a specific form of prostitution where sexual acts, performed in exchange for money, are captured on film; that is, filmed prostitution.