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Why are torture-porn movies such as Saw & Human Centipede accepted by Censorship bodies while hardcore pornography in movies is not?

Asked by beautifulbobby193 (1694points) May 19th, 2010

Why is it that graphic images of an act most people engage in is frowned upon, while graphic images of torture as depicted in such movies is not?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

Because sex upsets some people whether they watch it or not, while those who dislike horror simply don’t watch.

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drClaw's avatar

You should watch the documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated” (Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB). The American system of film rating is heavily skewed in favor of violence and is strongly opposed to sex.

I’m sure anyone can think of a PG-13 movie that made them say “This is PG-13?!?!”

CMaz's avatar

One is a mind fuck. One is just a fuck.

Neither is “accepted by Censorship bodies”. That is why there are ratings.
Varying levels of acceptance.

beautifulbobby193's avatar

Has anybody here seen the Human Centipede by the way?

CMaz's avatar

It’s on my netflix. They do not have it yet.

Arp's avatar

I WAS FINALLY FORGETTING THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO REMIND ME!??

Really, I think it is because these movies depict things even the most bizarre perverts would not try doing, while Hardcore porn, if I am right, often shows rape, or rape-like situations, which can and is done in real life. You know that phrase “Don’t try this at home”? Yep.

whyigottajoin's avatar

Isn’t this question a “NSFW” question?

Arp's avatar

@whyigottajoin It is tagged as “sex” 0_o

whyigottajoin's avatar

@Arp I know but “NSFW” should be in front of the question, I thought..

CMaz's avatar

“NSFW” is a courtesy not a rule. :-)

beautifulbobby193's avatar

Plus if torture-porn and hardcore-porn are blatantly referred to in the title do you really need to see [NSFW] in the title?

beautifulbobby193's avatar

@arp My understanding is that the procedure referred to in Hunan Centipede has been validated by a qualified surgeon as 100% medically correct. As for not being able to try it at home I would strongly disagree as many horror movies relate to real life occurences.

LeotCol's avatar

Its like this for silly reasons.

I guess they could argue that while the violence is very graphic and disturbing, it is not actually being filmed as its all special effects and what not.

On the other hand I would think that most hardcore pornography would be pretty difficult to fake and I’d say most of it was probably actually done for the film.

Arp's avatar

@beautifulbobby193 “it is because these movies [torture-porn] depict things even the most bizarre perverts would not try doing”

It’s not that they can’t imitate it, it is just much less appealing to most people, except people with some kind of bizarre centipede fetish 0_o

FutureMemory's avatar

Not one of the six Saw movies has anything resembling a sex scene. Lumping it in with other “torture-porn” films is inaccurate.

filmfann's avatar

I have never seen a movie whose title I love. “I Dismember Mama”. I assume it falls into this category.

tb1570's avatar

Because American society is still wholly influenced culturally and morally by a religion that views sex and the human body as evil. And I agree with you that it is absolutely ridiculous, if that was your meaning.

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