QotD on pornography and rape rates

One of the studies frequently cited by pornographers is a Dutch study done by Kutchinsky alleging that the number of reported sex crimes dropped after legalization of pornography. His theory was that the availability of pornography siphons off dangerous sex impulses. But when the data for his “safety valve” theory were further evaluated, it was found that he lumped together voyeurism and homosexuality (which police stopped reporting after legalization) with rapes (which actually increased in number).

Deborah Baker, a legal assistant and executive director of an anti-obscenity group, says that proving a connection between pornography and crime is very difficult. She says, “The argument that there are no established studies showing a connection between pornography and violent crime is merely a smoke screen. Those who promote this stance well know that such research will never be done. It would require a sampling of much more than a thousand males, exposed to pornography through puberty and adolescence, while the other group is totally isolated from its influence in all its forms and varying degrees. Each group would then have to be monitored–through the commission of violent crimes or not. In spite of the lack of formal research, though, the FBI’s own statistics show that pornography is found at 80 percent of the scenes of violent sex crimes, or in the homes of the perpetrators.

http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/porno.html

(Found via AntiPorn Activist Network)

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5 responses

  1. I especially thought the point made that it’s impossible to do research about the effects of porn on porn users to be salient. The fact that it’s quite easy to do research on the effects of porn on the women victimized by the industry is generally conveniently ignored, though.

  2. Research has been done in the past, it showed there was an effect, which made further research unethical, because researchers cannot knowingly expose human volunteers to harm.

  3. It is not too difficult to demonstrate that porn has adverse effects on the women paid (or not) to submit to being raped and otherwise abused in the course of making it. All you have to do is talk to the women who get out. One would think that would suffice, even if the effects on users were not toxic.

  4. Sure, but nobody in the mainstream cares about ‘those’ women because of those magical choosy choices.

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