This politically invested celebration of death in a user generated forum parallels a broader movement in some channels towards exploring freedom of expression: These arguments uncannily echo the public debates raised by feminism in the s at a moment when, in the era of Deep Throat Gerard Damiano, , explicit sexual representations became popular in a mainstream context. In highlighting — and scapegoating — Torture Porn as contravening standards of acceptability, the popular press is picking on a highly visible and culturally vulnerable proxy: Torture Porn is a symptom. In fact, such discussion of Torture Porn scapegoats the cycle in the same way as the pejorative press response, since it points away from the reality that the horror is reflecting and towards the films without dealing with what the real images themselves mean. The apparent shifting of Torture Porn from the multiplex to the DVD market and an increased censoriousness might seem to signal a victory for the moral majority. Matters are not helped by the filmmakers themselves discussing the images of violence in terms associated with pornography. It is unsurprising then that the era in which Torture Porn flourished is also one in which other forms of violent imagery have thrived. Allegations of misogyny equally misrepresent the content of Torture Porn. On the one hand, the films are said to juxtapose violence with nudity, or emphasize sexual violence such as acts of rape and castration. If violence is now pornographic, it is unclear what position sexual portrayals occupy, or whether they are still perceived as more offensive than violent representations. As films have increasingly sought to push boundaries, they have been subjected to increased censorship, or even outright banning. On the other, they allegedly present non-sexual violence in such gory, close-up detail that their aesthetic is akin to pornography. Subjected to public scrutiny as evidence of war crimes, the photographs portrayed prisoners being tortured — seemingly without purpose — for the evident delight of the guards in charge of the facility. My aim here is to challenge the simplistic and dismissive assumptions underpinning Torture Porn discourse. Here lies the crux of the matter. These definitions do not necessarily concur.