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Do we know whether pornography harms people? Discuss

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  1. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    I have read this very interesting article on porn.
    I would love to hear opinions and views, (without flaming and bashing).
    Thanks


    There are frequent calls for action to be taken over pornography but what is the evidence it harms people who view it?


    In 1961, a psychologist called Albert Bandura carried out a groundbreaking experiment.
    He had children watch an adult beating up an inflatable doll, then left each child with the doll to see what he or she would do.
    The children also threw punches at it.

    He concluded that we are inclined to copy violent behaviour, rather than find it cathartic.


    Years later, Neil Malamuth, a psychology student at UCLA, decided to test our reactions to pornography in a similar way and has spent his career researching the subject.
    In an experiment in 1986, he recruited 42 men and assessed them on the "likelihood of rape" scale.
    Then he divided them randomly into three groups.
    The first was given a selection of sexually explicit materials containing scenes of rape and sadomasochism.
    The second was given non-violent pornography.
    The third group - the control - was given none at all.


    About a week later, in what they thought was an unrelated experiment, each of the men was paired up with a woman, and told that she was not attracted to him.
    Then they had to play a guessing game, with the man having an option to punish the woman each time she got the answer wrong.

    From this and many other experiments, Malamuth concluded that if a man is already sexually aggressive and consumes a lot of sexually aggressive pornography,
    there is a greater likelihood that he will commit a sexually aggressive act.



    Some campaigners have used this research to claim pornography leads to rape - but Malamuth says that is too simplistic.
    He draws an analogy with alcohol.
    "For some people alcohol simply has the effect of making them more relaxed, letting them have more fun.
    For other people it's true that alcohol can increase the likelihood that somebody will behave in a violent way.

    "But if I simply make the overall generalisation alcohol causes violence or leads to violence, you'd probably say that's glossing over a lot of the nuances.
    "Similarly with pornography, for some people, it may be viewed as a positive aspect of their life and does not lead them in any way to engage in any form of anti-social behaviour.
    For some people who do have several other risk factors, it can add fuel to the fire."


    Anti-pornography campaigners are concerned that extreme pornography is becoming mainstream.
    Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston, believes it is a struggle to find non-violent pornography online.
    "Even Jules Jordan himself, a very well-known porn director, has said they cannot keep up with the fans' desire for violent porn," she says.
    That is disputed by computational neuroscientist, Ogi Ogas.
    He and a colleague, Sai Gaddam, collected data from a billion web searches and online porn sites, and says they found very little violent porn.


    According to his data, most people looking for sexually explicit material online search for "youth". The next most popular categories are "gay", "MILFs", "breasts", and "cheating wives".
    "Sexual interests are pretty monotonous," he says. "The median number of sexual interests that people search for was two. You search for the same thing day after day."
    He was surprised by the popularity of so-called "granny porn".


    "Women in their forties, in their fifties, even in their sixties are highly sought after," he reveals.
    "In fact Britain is one of the countries that has the greatest level of popularity for granny porn."

    He calculates that one in six or seven internet searches are for pornography.
    Its prevalence and accessibility to children has led researchers to question what effect it is having on young people.

    Earlier this year the UK children's commissioner asked academics from Middlesex University to review all the available evidence.
    More than 40,000 papers were submitted, but only 276 met their criteria.


    Forensic psychologist Miranda Horvath and her colleagues were shocked by the quality of the research and
    by "how many very strongly worded, opinion-led articles there are out there which purport to be producing research, producing new findings when actually it's really based on opinion".


    What did they conclude about the effects of pornography on young people?
    "Pornography has been linked to unrealistic attitudes about sex, beliefs that women are sex objects, more frequent thoughts about sex,
    and children and young people who view pornography tend to hold less progressive gender role attitudes."

    Most of the recent studies in this field have been correlational.
    That means you ask a sample of young people whether they've seen pornography, or how often, and then ask them what they think of sex or gender role attitudes, for example.

    But it is not possible to establish causation from correlational studies, and to say whether pornography is changing or reinforcing attitudes.


    "That is the real next step that research needs to take," says Horvath, "to try to identify which came first."
    The only sure way to do that is with the kind of randomised, controlled experiments that Malamuth carried out at UCLA,
    where you expose people in the laboratory to violent pornography and observe what effects it has on them.



    But Malamuth says he can no longer conduct such tests - in case he is right.
    "We and other researchers have come up with a dilemma of ethics committees saying, well,
    we believe your effects are valid and, therefore, we're very afraid that at some point we might be sued if even one person claims
    that they went out and committed an act of rape by having been exposed to certain materials in your research."


    In other words, it is unlikely that researchers will ever be able to prove that pornography is causing behaviour change.


    Horvath believes it is time to give up looking for cause and effect and instead "focus on identifying young people's characteristics,
    vulnerabilities and strengths and how and why they might be related to their experiences of pornography".


    The next step, she argues, is for researchers to broaden their questions to consider pornography in a wider context.


    "You will often hear people saying, I saw a music video or I saw something on the telly which is very similar to what you would see in pornography.
    "Young people see these sexualised images day to day in a whole variety of contexts and we don't fully yet understand how they process that,
    and how or whether they even do distinguish between, say, a music video and pornography."

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  2. Duffers5000

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    fuckio double !
     
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    Thats a wall of text....TL/DR...Porn is fine, once you know its only a fantasy its no more dangerous than a Die Hard movie.
     
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    What's that article about, don't feel like reading? I would rather watch some nice porn right now
     
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  5. SPQR

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    Well, most of the time the entertainers are on LSD or crack, which leads often leads to violence. On the other hand, the audience is just sitting there pleasuring themselves.
     
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    Alcohol is bad for you, violent video games cause school shootings, drugs are the enemy, guns are terrible, porn is bad for you, too much food will kill you... how about everyone out there takes some personal responsibility so I can enjoy doing whatever the fuck I want. Specifically get drunk, masturbate, take some mushrooms and play video games till my eyes bleed.
     
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    They aren't all on drugs, that was a myth started by anti porn groups and people.
     
  8. Rotem Guez

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    Man..I'm to high for reading this.
    When i was a little boy(12) and there was no internet. me and my friends bought some porn magazines and i stash them under my bad. one day my mom found them and told me that those positions are not sex.:bugsbunny

    Do you know how much time took me to solve it?

    Porn can be a fantasy for some people and for others a great tutorial
     
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    Porn has helped me in a lot of ways

    I got forearms like Pop-eye

    Lol...
     
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    [h=1]Watching porn can save your love life![/h]
     
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  13. mrtwister_65

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    Yes, it does. It takes so much time to watch it.
     
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    Mila Kunis :oops:

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    harmful to whom? the watchers, or the players? the people in the industry don't have anything good to say about it.

    "Out of about 2,000 performers working in the porn industry located in the San Fernando Valley, California, 121 porn stars that we know of died from AIDS, suicide, homicide, drugs and premature deaths between 2007 and 2013.

    No other industry has these kinds of statistics, not even the music industry which is at least 10 times bigger than the porn industry." -

    https://www.shelleylubben.com/porn-industry-stats

    https://thepinkcross.org/

    http://www.pornwikileaks.com

    porn vs. prostitution... :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K7doCvpcFU
     
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    who told u that? lol
     
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    They call em "blue balls", I hear they deadly!

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  19. Roparadise

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    There's only those high rates of suicide, because it attracts mentally unstable people(ie drug addicts), it doesn't mean that a normal person is going to kill themselves or take drugs.
     
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  20. Dr Acula

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    It hasn't affected me. I'm happily married, productive, going blind, and like to rub myself on cats. No problems here.