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Subtlety And the War On Porn

Porn

Charlie Glickman points to this graph to illustrate how the fight over porn needs to get more specific (enlarged image here). The data is from a 2000 article in the Review of Sex Research, where researchers examined the link between porn consumption and sexual aggression. The results: For men determined to have a low risk of sexual aggression, frequent use of pornography was not correlated with higher rates of actual aggression. But for men determined to already have a high risk of sexual aggression, frequent porn use was correlated with an increase in acting out that aggression.

Glickman's take: "the thing that I find so interesting about this study is that it shows a possible reason why some people say that porn is harmless and others say that it causes real harm. Different people have different experiences, so of course, porn has different effects on different people." [Via Kink on Tap].

Comments

  1. #1

    The conclusion others might make is that such material has NO affect. FYI: http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-tell-ya-until-ive-had-my-morning-coffee-i-am-jus,17618/

  2. #2

    Is there any other way to use porn besides frequently?

  3. #3

    I use porn once a year, on Easter.

  4. #4

    Wow. You're porn deficient. Here check out this link for porn "porn.com".

  5. #5

    This is what the scientific community refers to as an "interaction" - I really wish the rest of the world would learn what these are and stop pretending that exceptions don't exist.

    I'm totally down with some porn :)and most people can handle it... but there ARE people who REALLY shouldn't be consuming it... particularly some of the uber-violent stuff that's out there.

  6. #6

    @Amanda, I think porn is best saved for religious holidays.

  7. #7

    Or when you feel like REALLY punishing people who snoop around on your computer without permission. Trust me, it works like a charm (after the hour-long lecture is done with).

  8. #8

    You said it squirrely, excepting those who can't handle it let's hear it for porn. Where does it come from? No one knows, no one cares, but thank god it somehow exists.

  9. #9

    Agreed and the information proves what we antiporn feminists have been saying for years and years and years. Men who consume excessive amounts of porn are rapists waiting to happen. Is the government ever going to deal with this problem?

  10. #10

    Considering that the men I am around every day consume a rather large quantity of porn, and I would (and have) trusted them with my life on more than one occasion, I'm going to have to disagree with the statement that porn makes men rapists. There is definitely an interaction between the amount of porn consumed, a man's predisposition to violence, and his probability of becoming a rapist.

    In fact, I just restated what Amanda said. Where, exactly, is the evidence that porn consumption turns men into rapists in the material being discussed?

  11. #11

    I think Christina79 was a troll, Elise.

  12. #12

    "Agreed and the information proves what we antiporn feminists have been saying for years and years and years. Men who consume excessive amounts of porn are rapists waiting to happen. Is the government ever going to deal with this problem?"

    No, actually it doesn't. You need to reread that chart carefully if that's the conclusion you come to. For the lowest three levels of sexual aggressiveness (eg, *most men*), there is no statistically significant correlation between levels of porn consumption. At level 4 it goes up slightly and level 5 (the most sexually aggressive and violent men), the correlation goes up a great deal.

    Malamuth is clear about his conclusion: "for the majority of American men, pornography exposure (even at the highest levels assessed here) is not associated with high levels of sexual aggression"." (link) That's pretty far from "rapists waiting to happen".

    This is where I think porn gets a really bad rap. I think most people by now are OK with allowing things like music with violent lyrics or violent video games, even if there's the offhand possibility that somebody who has problems to begin with may be negatively influenced or triggered. In these cases, we're clear that its the individual's responsibility rather than blaming the media. But too many people treat porn as if it were somehow different.

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