“Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization”

We know it must be true, even a man is saying it in a mainstream paper!

Raunchy actually does not begin to describe the things that any kid can find with a few search words and a couple of clicks on a track pad or mouse. It’s a quick descent into an endless display of photographs and videos depicting sex in every variety, but dominated by perverse male fantasies of women performing like whores for men whose sexual techniques appear to have been learned in a prison cell. The worst stuff seems to be coming from Eastern Europe — misogynistic, obscene little movies reveling in the abuse and degradation of young women.

This is soul-disturbing stuff most human beings have never seen or experienced before. But now, any 14-year-old boy or girl can access it easily on a laptop in the privacy of a bedroom. And, though it costs money to get inside the websites where the porn industry rakes in its billions, there is so much free stuff available that no wall really exists to keep anyone away from the images.

It is not fashionable or cool to suggest that there is a problem with porn. Comedians such as Bill Maher make fun of conservative religious people who suggest that there is. Feminist objections get dismissed as harangues of sexless harpies. Libertarians defend the pornographers’ right of free expression. But common sense and a growing body of evidence suggest that there is a negative cost being paid that only begins with the sex trafficking and exploitation undergirding the lower depths of the porn industry.

A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior says that porn has become “a primary source of sexual education” that is embedding new codes of sexual behavior in young men. The survey of 487 American males of college age indicates that “the more pornography a man watches, the more likely he was to use it during sex, request particular pornographic sex acts of his partner, deliberately conjure images of pornography during sex to maintain arousal, and have concerns over his own sexual performance and body image. Further, higher pornography use was negatively associated with enjoying sexually intimate behaviors with a partner.”

In other words, young men who immerse themselves in porn develop disturbing expectations about sex and what they should demand from sex partners. College-age women who have to deal with these young men confirm that this is true and one wonders if the epidemic of sexual assault that has hit so many campuses might be exacerbated by the ubiquitous presence of porn, especially in fraternity life. There is some indication, as well, that porn has been a factor in sexual assaults in the military.

Here’s another disturbing fact: Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are finding that, among very young perpetrators of sexual abuse — we’re talking 12-year-old boys here — access to porn is a very common driving force in their actions. Too young to know what normal, healthy sex might be, they become hyper-sexualized by pornographic videos of abusive sex acts.

David Horsey, in the LA Times

It’s a shame he has to spoil it with a bullshit ‘only bad porn is bad’ argument at the end: “Erotica is not bad. Sexual imagery can be artistic, enlightening and just plain fun.”

‘Erotica’ is what the middle-classes call their porn, and ‘sexual imagery’ is so vague it is effectively meaningless.

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3 responses

  1. Great post, as always! But, the negative effects of porn, which are becoming more evident, not only affect young men. There are a lot of women, who for reasons unknown, copy, promote and foster men’s bad behavior. And many who prey on these weaknesses. Unfortunately, more women are copying men and becoming what they call under the guise of feminism; “entrepreneurs” in the adult film business. Otherwise, known as Porn Peddlers. There are even some, like Gail Thackray/ Harris who is well known and respected(???) for making millions creating ‘Barely Legal’ and other hardcore fetish magazines. And now for becoming a Spiritual Medium, Psychic and Animal Communicator.

  2. This is no big secret, Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs was published in 2005.

    Why women ape the behaviour of men raised under patriarchy is no great mystery either, it allows them individual advancement, and an illusion of safety within the status quo.

  3. The un has published data into the use of the media as a tool for dehumanising certain groups of people for either slavery purposes or genocide. I think politicians and men as a class are being disingenuous to pretend they dont know the effects of violent sexist media on females lived experience of sexist violence in life.

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