Fight this porn novel

In Bideford Morrisons’ store, at the prime position near the entrance, there is a stand containing a novel known to be explicitly sexual and to contain many scenes of an abusive nature.

I know that this book is proving popular; however, I think we need to ask whether it is wise for an explicitly pornographic book to be sold and brashly presented in the same way as basic foodstuffs?

It seems that the line between unacceptable and mainstream in pornography is becoming blurred to the point where relationships are being damaged.

I understand the research shows that pornography distorts reality and is addictive. It devalues sex, leads to people being dissatisfied by real-life partners, and can promote sexual violence towards women.

The theme of this particular book has the element of misuse, torture and “slavery” of a woman, which in view of the international growth in sex-trafficking is very disturbing.


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We have a choice to make – how far do we allow pornography to be seen as an acceptable part of our daily living?

From a commonsense and ethical perspective I believe we, as a nation and in our local community, need to fight those who market pornography in all its forms.

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I have written to Morrisons on these lines – will other readers of this letter be prepared to take similar action?

Love and sex should not be about violence, fear, and degradation. We should aim at encouraging and teaching those factors which encourage love and consideration in our relationships and not just accept unethical marketing of this nature.

Fiona Gibbon

Bideford

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