Documentation of how pornography harms men, women, children, and all society
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Note: The above pages address how pornography affects men, women and children in regards to creating desensitization, disconnection, neglect and divorce, etc. For information on how pornography influences men to harm women and children in the more serious criminal ways such as molestation, incest, rape, prostitution, and sex trafficking, etc., please see these pages on our website:
"Dedicated to providing the most accurate peer-reviewed research on the harm from pornography, along with relevant news and opinion."
This outstanding new website comprehensively addresses the harms of pornography in regards to all of the following categories: addiction, brain science, children, cybersex, family, Internet, Internet safety, marriage, men, psychological, prostitution, relationships, research, self image, sex trafficking, sexting, sexual violence, societal, STDs, teens, and women.
"Because negative effects of pornography were demonstrated so definitively in Zillmann and Bryant’s study, researchers have had a difficult time getting new studies past academic boards monitoring the use of human subjects. If a study’s effects are known to be detrimental – and there is no proof the damage can be permanently reversed – ethics boards will refuse to allow a similar study to go forward…thus subsequent researchers were unable to get new projects approved."
Pamela Paul, "Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Families and Our Relationships"
Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: a content analysis update.
Violence Against Women. 2010 Oct;16(10):1065-85.
Bridges AJ, Wosnitzer R, Scharrer E, Sun C, Liberman R.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. firstname.lastname@example.org.
This current study analyzes the content of popular pornographic videos, with the objectives of updating depictions of aggression, degradation, and sexual practices and comparing the study's results to previous content analysis studies. Findings indicate high levels of aggression in pornography in both verbal and physical forms. Of the 304 scenes analyzed, 88.2% contained physical aggression, principally spanking, gagging, and slapping, while 48.7% of scenes contained verbal aggression, primarily name-calling. Perpetrators of aggression were usually male, whereas targets of aggression were overwhelmingly female. Targets most often showed pleasure or responded neutrally to the aggression.
This is a UK Government Home Office report that acknowledges the harm done to young girls by being exposed to over sexualized images at a young age.
Sexualisation of women and girls
"15. Responses to the consultation felt that the sexualisation of popular culture and the ubiquity of sexualised imagery of women and girls constitute a problem with respect to VAWG. (Violence Against Women and Girls) As part of the Government’s VAWG consultation, Dr Linda Papadopoulos has been undertaking an independent review of the sexualisation of young people, looking at the effects of different types of media on young people’s body image, self-esteem and understanding of gender and sexuality. Dr Papadopoulos will publish her findings in January 2010.
“Young men and women are encouraged to see girls as sex symbols and nothing more.
Who cares if we’re successful if we’re not attractive too? Girls suffer from low self-esteem thanks to the bombardment of perfect images they receive from the media,
girls themselves believe that if they are not beautiful they are worthless.”
Here is an excellent Q&A article about the harms of Internet pornography:
"Pornography is everywhere, and as it becomes more common in all forms of media, it is also becoming more sexist, violent, and graphic. These forms of pornography are also becoming more and more common among children and teens. Why we should worry about pornified America."
CONCLUSION: "Performers engaged in risky health behaviors that included highrisk sexual acts that are unprotected, substance abuse, and body enhancement. They are exposed to physical trauma on the film set. Many entered and left the industry with financial insecurity and suffered from mental health problems. Women were more likely than men to be exposed to health risks. Adult film performers, especially women, are exposed to health risks that accumulate over time and that are not limited to sexually transmitted diseases."
- 89.8% of the scenes included either verbal or physical aggression.
- 48% contained verbal aggression, mostly name-calling and insults.
- 82.2% contained physical aggression.
- 94.4% of the aggressive acts were targeted at women.
- 70% of pornography's audience is straight males watching alone.
- Pornography is involved in about 70% of sexual abuse cases. Watching pornography may lead to one partner wanting to recreate the on-screen actions & perhaps even film them.
- The content in pornography is getting harsher & harsher. Joe Gallant, of Black Mirror productions, admits that he thinks the future of American porn is violence. Torture-like scenes are already produced. (I.e. Kink.com)
Chyng Sun, Ana Bridges, Robert Wosnitzer, Erica Scharrer, Rachael Lieberman. Psychology of Women Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 3, September 2008,
Read full study here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the easier to read version)
Video presentation by study authors: myspace.com/stoppornculture.
("Mapping the Pornographic Text: Content Analysis Research of Popular Pornography")
Text summary with more statistics at NoPornNorthampton.org. ("Video Presentation: A Content Analysis of 50 of Today's Top Selling Porn Films")
Please also see the following two playlists from the AntiPornographyBlog YouTube channel, both the videos and the description area of the playlists:
"Back in 1979, Jennings Bryant, a professor of communications at the University of Alabama, conducted one of the most powerful peer-reviewed lab studies of the effects of porn viewing on men. Summary of results: not good. Men who consumed large amounts of pornography were less likely to want daughters, less likely to support women's equality and more forgiving of criminal rape. They also grossly overestimated Americans' likelihood to engage in group sex and bestiality."
Pamela Paul, "The Cost of Growing up on Porn," The Washington Post
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"Pornography is a marketing device for sex trafficking: It normalizes degradation and violence as acceptable and even inevitable parts of sex, and uses the bodies of real women and children as objects. The difference between pornography and erotica is clear in the roots of the words themselves -- porne means females slaves, eros means love -- so pornography, like rape, is about violence and domination, not sex. Millions of lives depend on our ability to separate pornography from erotica, and to disentangle violence from sexuality."
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