Be Safe. Use Porn.

A BJ, but not the good kind

Bill Johnson of the
American Decency Association

BroadSnark brought something to my attention a few days ago that I’ve been meaning to write a quick post about.

Milton Diamond, who just retired from the Pacific Center for Sex and Society at the University of Hawaii, published an article last year in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

The article is titled “Pornography, Public Acceptance and Sex Related Crime: A Review”. Here is the abstract. I have emphasized one of its important conclusions:

A vocal segment of the population has serious concerns about the effect of pornography in society and challenges its public use and acceptance. This manuscript reviews the major issues associated with the availability of sexually explicit material.

It has been found everywhere scientifically investigated that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased.

It is further been found that sexual erotica has not only wide spread personal acceptance and use but general tolerance for its availability to adults. This attitude is seen by both men and women and not only in urban communities but also in reputed conservative ones as well. Further this finding holds nationally in the United States and in widely different countries around the world.

Indeed, no country where this matter has been scientifically studied has yet been found to think pornography ought be restricted from adults. The only consistent finding is that adults prefer to have the material restricted from children’s production or use.

BroadSnark pulls out a few of the juiciest details from the article itself:

  • rapists were more likely than non-rapists in the prison population to having been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster
  • rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males
  • sex offenders requesting treatment commonly disclose that pornography helps them contain their abnormal sexuality within imagination as a fantasy instead of their aggressively acting out in real life
  • what does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing

BroadSnark also gives us the appropriate conclusion that may be drawn from these findings:

In short, if you want less rape and child molestation, you would be better off banning religion than porn.

14 Responses to “Be Safe. Use Porn.”

  1. Thomas Says:

    To be fair, there are a great may social ills that would be dramatically reduced if religion were to go away.

  2. WMDKitty Says:

    Cue feminist whining in 3… 2… 1…

  3. Syldoran Says:

    [feminist whining]

    Let them have their porn. :U Not something I (speaking as a teenager and a female) have ever been interested in, but eh. Not my business.

    [/feminist whining]

  4. Futanari Says:

    Australia’s puritanical cuntservative censors could learn a lot from this study. :)

  5. TB Tabby Says:

    Those findings match up with what I’ve seen in cultures past & present: the more sexually repressed they are, the more perverted their desires become. The human sex drive is too strong to repress: if humans can’t express it one way, they’ll end up expressing it another way.

  6. Infidel753 Says:

    If porn caused sex crimes, Japan would have the highest rape rate in the world. Instead, it has just about the lowest.

  7. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Syldoran – Sure…

    Infidel753 – Word. There are some things in Japan that make me cringe and I’m pretty damn open minded! But despite the plethora of unique fetishes they cater to, they still have that silly mosaic law. I can’t square the two. I guess it’s just their version of legacy “blue laws.”

    WMDKitty – My wife watches more porn than I do. Score that for feminism! I love that she objectifies dudes. Makes me feel less guilty when I do it to chicks. ;-)

  8. Jackdaw Says:

    Infidel753: There’s still the problem of widespread harassment and molestation, especially in the tightly packed subways. Really doubt that can be traced to porn, but still.

  9. breakerslion Says:

    The suppression of sexuality by religious cults has a twofold purpose:

    1. Efforts to conform to this abnormally imposed cultural bias are doomed to failure. Failure causes shame and guilt for the religious leaders to prey upon.

    2. It is a misguided, but sometimes successful attempt to sublimate human sexuality into delusional religious ecstasy. The repression of natural orgasmic releases requires a psychological substitute of some kind. This is prone to backfiring into the kind of crazy pseudo-alpha, beta-monkey behaviors described in the above post.

    Neither of these motives are ethical, but the first one guarantees the religious megalomaniacs a continuous and unending set of human behaviors to oppose and deride. Since willing followers can be found who will believe ANYTHING, this in turn guarantees a steady stream of funds to fight this lost cause.

  10. Sarah Trachtenberg Says:

    @WMDKitty:
    Do you mean that you expect feminists to not accept porno even if it is beneficial to society? I’m a feminist and not anti-porn, or at least not really.
    You can count on Xian fundies more so than feminists to nix porn. Believe it or not, there are lots of “pro-porn” feminists out there. I think it’s cute, though, that Xian fundies and feminists have some common ground.
    Oh, and assuming what I’ve heard is correct, there is some sleeeeeazy sex stuff out of Japan. Statutory rape, I heard, is very common.

  11. WMDKitty Says:

    @Sarah Trachtenberg — The argument I’ve heard from the more radical arms of the feminist movement is that porn “objectifies” women and “causes” rape. Needless to say, I disagree — I like porn, myself, and don’t see a damn thing wrong with a woman taking a job she enjoys OF HER OWN FREE WILL.

  12. Futanari Says:

    A silly conservative is “arguing” against the study here -
    http://unbelief.org/forum/index.php/topic,1434.0.html

    What a demagogue.

  13. Draken Says:

    Arguably, most porn does objectify women as objects of desire- but then again, men are demoted to stud horses.

    If a radical feminist wants to argue that women in porn films are unilaterally on the subservient side, well, absolutely nobody’s stopping you from making films that do the same to men (of course, in obedience to rule 34, these exist already).

  14. Parrotlover77 Says:

    More importantly, I think the “radical feminists” we speak of are few and far between. Their numbers greatly exaggerated by conservatives, particularly Rush Limbaugh, to make an “overly” empowered female bogey(wo)man for god-fearing patriarchal males to be very afraid of! All the better the reason to roll back women’s rights and stuff.

    So, yea, let’s not beat this straw(wo)man to death. I think, by now, most reasonable people can agree that pr0n isn’t damaging the kids, nor adult women, other than maybe some blisters on some hands and some rubbed raw genetalia. But I digress. There are some very real, very rigorously studied inequality between the sexes that needs to be fixed, that doesn’t hinge on moral opinion.