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Groupon Deal Promotes Service that Includes Violent Pornography

A surprising and violent twist has entered the social media scene, involving women and pornography. Groupon — the popular savings and deal-offering website that features discounts on everything from theater to salons to restaurants — is now offering a promotion to purchase a deal on an experience with Kink.com, a creator of pornography associated with bondage and violence toward women.

Purchasers of the deal with Kink.com through Groupon can spend a day viewing the company, including its props, set and possibly be on-site when a pornography clip featuring violent fetishes is filmed. Groupon isn’t the first social media site to sell pornography or sex-related services, but a recent article draws attention to the particularly violent nature of the material. One portion of the website is reported to describe and promote sexual “torment” toward women.

Violence against women and pornography continues to be the subject of research studies, with theories surrounding the ways pornography may contribute to violent actions toward women and may desensitize viewers toward harming women. Experts also warn that as pornography addiction progresses, users may come to see acts of sexual violence or sexual acts with minors as the “norm.”

Pornography addiction is a serious, progressive addiction, with new research studies showing the ways the brain reacts to and changes over time with excessive pornography use. Professional help is needed to overcome pornography addiction and recognize triggers, which may be deep-seeded and related to past trauma or intimacy problems for some people. Others may experience a lack of sexual stimulation with real-life partners or other forms of sexual dysfunction as the addiction continues.

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