Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Social Costs of Pornography

Not surprising:

RealClearPolitics - The Social Costs of Pornography: "'The large body of research on pornography reveals that it functions as a teacher of, a permission-giver for, and a trigger of many negative behaviors and attitudes that can severely damage not only the users but many others, including strangers.'

But to me the most important potential cost of porn is its effects on ordinary men and their ordinary relationships. According to Layden: 'Exposure to pornography leads men to rate their female partners as less attractive than they would have had they not been exposed and to be less satisfied with their partners' attractiveness, sexual performance, and level of affection, and expressed a greater desire for sex without emotional involvement.'

She concludes: 'For males, more pornography use was associated with greater acceptance of sex outside of marriage for married individuals, greater acceptance of sex before marriage and less child-centeredness during marriage. The reduced desire for children is especially pronounced in a reduced desire for female children.'

Men who use porn do not want daughters. What does that tell you about the social costs of porn?"

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