All I can say is media has done a great job of dulling peoples moralistic compasses. The proof of this is any depiction of the brutalization of women or children being found acceptable. If you can some how defend this sort of “art” perhaps you need your compass checked.
How come you continue with the attitude that all porn is about brutalization of women?
Porn is about explicit showing of what is going on, about getting your rockets off.
It is possible to have fun, nice, consensual and empowering porn as well.
Here’s a problem: lots of image sites keep going with the attitude “no no no no NO any kind of sex!”, which means that of course all that questionable stuff stays out. But it also means that fun, nice, consensual and empowering sexy kind stays out as well. And when you’re forced to use sites that allow really sleazy stuff… well. That’s when funny things start to happen.
A real life parallel here: Finland used to have (1980s-1990s) a law in books that forbade distributing (renting, selling) violent movies. Either a movie had to be censored for excessive violence (snipping away the offending parts), or if the company with distributing rights refused to, not sold/rented at all. People were, however, allowed to buy stuff from abroad for their own private use.
Result: we developed an underground culture where people bought the most violent crap around, and copied it to their friends (who also copied it onwards). It was not worth getting stuff that was available with only couple of minutes or seconds of content snipped off—people went hardcore. For example, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was completely forbidden from 1974 to 1996, hence reaching almost unparalled cult status as something everyone (who liked such movies even a little) should see.
Earlier, we had the same thing happening with the Prohibition Laws—people who had been happy with an occasional drink of ale or beer accompanying food, or a shot of spirits on Saturday evening in moderation, developed a taste for strong spirits, drunk in a wild spree. Why? Because any moment your smuggled drink could be taken away, so best to chug it down as fast as possible for the best possible buzz—it simply wasn’t worth getting a bottle of beer, and smugglers wouldn’t sell it anyway. Prohibition was a solution in search of a problem, and ended up creating the problem itself.
Currently, same sort of things are going on with the internet itself, of which I’m sure you can think of some examples yourself.
It seems that the “problem” is a part of human psychology: What is it that you do not want to let me see? Humanity has worse curiosity than a cat.
Another interesting factoid: humans aren’t the only species who like to see the peculiarities of mating process. Pandas, for example, are getting a boost from being shown some panda pr0n (other pandas recorded in act of mating) in advance—it apparently increases the chances of conception, thus getting more lovely baby pandas for us to ooooh and aaaah and squee over.
So… tl;dr—“not all porn is about degrading women, and sometimes the blocks erected have unintended consequences”.