Does porn culture distort our body image?

Photo courtesy AVN.com – these 3 gross and unhealthy looking
 pornstars make me feel great about how I look.

(Monica Foster commentary: It’s never distorted my body image – if anything “porn culture” makes me thank God that I look the way I do – athletic, fit, healthy and all natural…if you really take a look at pornstars now days they are gross in appearance for the most part – too much botox, tattoos, plastic surgery, and not physically fit or healthy at ALL.)

courtesy SMH.com.au

Porn has been blamed for a lot of things: waning sex lives, addiction, the objectification of women, and so on.

But what about blaming porn culture for distorting the desired body image of the rest of the female population? Seriously? Because, if you’re dating a man who insists you should look like a porn star, there’s something seriously amiss.

A bunch of British feminists beg to differ. By their reckoning, porn is the reason not only for the growth in the obsession with removing all remnants of female pubic hair, but it is now being blamed for the rise in female plastic surgery down there.

Yep, according to “the Muffia” – the group of British feminists protesting against porn and its influence on young women, porn is the reason for the increase of surgery to create a “designer vagina”. Which, by the way, is on the increase, at least in the US and in Britain where genital cosmetic surgery among women has risen five-fold in the past 10 years.

As the Muffia’s Facebook page reads: “Tired of cosmetic surgeons profiting from body hatred? Want to speak out against a porn culture that is driving more and more women to the surgeon’s table to get a ‘designer vagina’? Then join the Muff March!”

The Guardian newspaper reported over the weekend that these women took to the streets of London as part of the aptly named Muff March, hoping to raise awareness among women with low self-esteem when it comes to their private bits.

As protester Rosie Mockett wrote in the newspaper: “We object to the intrusion of pornified culture into our everyday lives, but we also object to the unregulated and unnecessary practice of these procedures by private surgeons and the unashamed profiteering resulting from female body hatred.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/blogs/ask-sam/does-porn-culture-distort-our-body-image-20111212-1or26.html#ixzz1gS0rNk6R

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