"Today, the number of people looking at pornography is staggering. Americans rent upwards of 800 million pornographic videos and DVDs (about one in five of all rented flicks is porn), and porn) far outpaces Hollywood’s yearly slate of 400 movies with 11,000 porn films shot each year. Four billion dollars a year is spent on video pornography in the United States, more than on football, baseball or basketball. One in four Internet users look at a pornography website in any given month. Men look at pornography online more than they look at any other subject. And 66% of 18-to-34 year old men visit a pornographic site every month."
Pamela Paul, "From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm," a paper for the conference "The Social Costs of Pornography."
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."
CONCLUSION: "Consistent with a social learning perspective on media effects, prior pornography viewing predicted subsequent opposition to affirmative action even after controlling for prior affirmative action attitudes and a number of other potential confounds. Gender did not moderate this association. Practically, these results suggest that pornography may be a social influence that undermines support for affirmative action programs for women. Theoretically, these results align with the perspective that sexual media activate abstract scripts for social behavior which may be applied to judgments that extend beyond the specific interaction patterns depicted. "
CONCLUSION: "Forty-seven percent reported that many or almost all/all of at least one type of media they consumed depicted sexual situations. Exposure to sexual media in television and movies, and music was greater than online and in games. All other things equal, more frequent exposure to sexual media was related to ever having had sex, coercive sex victimization, and attempted/completed rape but not risky sexual behavior. Conclusions. Longer standing mediums such as television and movies appear to be associated with greater amounts of sexual media consumption than newer ones, such as the Internet. A nuanced view of how sexual media content may and may not be affecting today’s youth is needed. "
"While some polls show that up to half of all women go online for sexual reasons, the percentage of women who say they do are likely exaggerated by the inclusion of erotica, dating, and informational sites in the definition of "adult" Internet content, areas to which women are disproportionately drawn compared with men. Many women who are tracked through filtering sites are linked to pornography by accident, visit out of curiosity, or are tracking down their male partner's usage."
Pamela Paul, Testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, "Why the Government Should Care about Pornography.”
- 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.
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Read a text summary of a video by the study authors, with more statistics, at NoPornNorthampton.orghere. ("Video Presentation: A Content Analysis of 50 of Today's Top Selling Porn Films")
"Statistics show that about half – if not all – teenagers are exposed to pornography one way or another. A 2004 study by Columbia University found that 11.5 million teenagers (45 percent) have friends who regularly view Internet pornography and download it."
Pamela Paul, "From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm," a paper for the conference "The Social Costs of Pornography."
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