chapter  4
Torture
WithTom Pollard
Pages 24

Torture entered popular culture during the late nineteenth century in Paris’s popular Grand-Guignol theater. Torture entered American popular culture during the 1960s and 1970s. Torture also became a hot-button socio/political issue after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the wars of retribution that followed. A cultural debate ensued that attempted to justify extreme interrogation techniques based on threats of physical violence and humiliation, while the internet exploded with graphic torture photos and videos. This issue helped revive the existing “torture porn” genre while inspiring a new genre that became one of the most popular of the current violent porn genres.