Film posters promote pornographic culture

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 March, 1997, 12:00am

It is not strange, nowadays, to see young children pointing at the naked, erotic and seductive characters in movie posters on the streets and asking questions of their parents. The busier the district, the more indecent posters there are.


Why have so many pornographic movie posters emerged? It is taken for granted by many that such posters are a bad and long-term influence not only on children, but also adults.


Some psychologists point out that sex is natural and indispensable to the human race, and the promotion of sex is all right. However, can they justify that the deliberate distortion of sex and even sexual perversion should be part of our daily life? It seems they are confused, with a misconception of normality and abnormality. After all, nothing in the posters aims at reflecting normal sexual relations between men and women, or else nobody would be tempted to look at them - for audiences are in eternal pursuit of something exciting and hallucinatory.


In other words, they convey negative messages.


Youngsters are so constantly exposed to such pornographic movie posters that they could easily be led astray by indulging themselves in the fancied description of distorted sex in the posters.


Adults are not free from this danger either. Looking at these posters, full of naked bodies in unnatural postures, day in and day out, they may well be overwhelmed with strange ideas on sex.


Adults are supposed to be able to distinguish between right and wrong and to have a clear concept about what they should do.


As a result of these excesses, the standard of morality in our community will inevitably be lowered.


Recently, the Government has taken some measures against indecent publications. Censoring all printed publications is a case in point.


But why doesn't the Government do the same to movie posters? If censoring movie posters violates freedom of speech, what is the point of having all printed publications censored? That nobody would object to the censorship of pornographic movie posters is feasible.


Also, the movie producers have the responsibility to behave themselves and take the consequences of unnecessary risks - say, penalties or a screening ban.


RAYMOND HUNG MAN-WO Tsuen Wan