From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Feminists, social conservatives and libertarians debate whether this form of pornography encourages men to commit rape. The pairing of sex with violence distinguishes the issue of rape pornography from that of pornography in general. Studies of the issue produce conflicting results.
Methods of production
Rape pornography can be produced either by:
- Actors pretending to be raped or raping — e.g., an actress or actor pretends not to consent to sexual activity with one or more actors, but in reality is a consenting participant who may be acting in the scene for money, personal enjoyment, or other reasons. In this case, although the sex depicted is given the appearance of rape, all participants are actually consenting.
- Real, actual rapes, recorded by the perpetrators. This method can be considered theoretical, as no examples of widely-available rape pornography produced in this manner have been documented.
- Animation is also a popular method, often in the form of hentai which is quite prolific. Rape is also frequently depicted in erotic manga as well as doujinshi.
In the UK, it was announced on August 30, 2006 that possession of depictions of rape would become a criminal offence, including those involving consenting adults, and images which are faked. However, the proposed law on extreme pornography does not seem to explicitly mention depictions of rape.
In September 2008, Scotland announced its own plans to criminalise possession of "extreme" pornography, also extending the banned material to include depictions of rape.