In probably the most hypocritical case, New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who recently announced he was pursuing a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein for “despicable” behavior, was forced to resign after four women accused him of choking them and committing other types of physical assault. Schneiderman has disputed the allegations saying he had only consensual sexual relations.
Is the ease of accessing internet porn the main driver for the increase in sexually abusive acts, such as choking? According to a study of US college students, researchers said 62% of the men surveyed showed that those who view pornography are “significantly less likely to intervene as a bystander, report an increased behavioral intent to rape, and are more likely to believe rape myths.”
Choking, or “breath play” as it is often referred to, is also being re-branded as “edgy, hot sex” that somehow gives the woman power, according to Women’s Health Magazine, who recently promoted the act suggesting it can “be an exhilarating experience for some people”.