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Almost as lucrative as the oil industry; the omnipresent multi-media pornography industry is said to be more profitable than the music and video industries combined. The European Parliament (2003) estimates that more than two-thirds of the £252 million spent by European internet users during 2001 was received by various pornographic websites. This recorded expenditure does not, however, account for the widely available non-internet based pornographic literature, theatre and DVD trade, or for prostitution – the age-old trade from which the term pornography is derived (Potter, 1998); thus effectively deeming the pornography industry to be indescribably profitable.
As the pornography industry is undeniably extortionately profitable, such an industry is able to present itself with utmost ease as glamorous, often enticing impressionable young women with quick and easy cash incentives. This essay will investigate and discuss this notion, and present the findings to answer the question – does pornography exploit or liberate women? There are many who not only believe pornography exploits w…