March 8, 2016

The Daily Star: Does porn cause sexual violence?

 Pornography is perhaps the best kept open secret in almost all modern societies where there may be laws that prohibit its production, use and sale, but in reality it is the most accessible form of sexual gratification. The internet and mobile phone have formed the perfect accomplices to perpetuate this phenomenon that degrades and dehumanises women and children reducing them to objects that can be used and abused. Studies in the US as cited by Donna Rice Hughes have shown that exposure of male adults to even six weeks of pornography brought out certain negative attributes. This included “an increased sexual callousness toward women, trivialisation of rape as a criminal offense or even no longer considering it a crime at all, a distorted perception about sexuality and an appetite for deviant, bizarre, or violent types of pornography”.
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