Porn is a public health crisis

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Porn is a public health crisis

Postby seeking perspective » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:19 pm

The Washington post has an article up today about what studies have shown about porn: it's a big problem. You can read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/postever ... th-crisis/
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Re: Porn is a public health crisis

Postby Vanna » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:28 pm

Wow. Those stats are crazy. It's nice to see concern and awareness growing.
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Re: Porn is a public health crisis

Postby doug-h » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:13 am

I applaud any efforts to rid the world of Porn.

At the same time, I think the scope of that article was way over-reaching.

I have seen the negative impact it had on my life and my marriage, and those by themselves are bad enough to kppose it vehemently, but a lot of the statements just don't speak truth to me, specifically those relating to rape and assault. If anything, Porn is another of a long list of assaults on decency and correct behavior, but to make some of the claims made, is simply reaching too far. There may be subgroups and generes that appeal to individuals already leaning towards that behavior, but I think to say that it influences the behavior is a bit of a stretch.

It may be possible that the introduction of porn at a younger age, may well have a greater effect on younger minds, just as the examples of some genres of video games might lead to increased tendencies towards violence, but there will always be those who try to blame their behavior on something external.

There is enough wrong with porn that is verifiably fact, that I think it is a mistake to try to stack the evidence in a way that is suspect. It actually does more harm than good in trying to modify thinking.

I am not an appologist for porn, but I think we should really be careful not to make it seem like the overpowering disease that is implied in that article. If anything, it is a symptom of the greater disease.

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Re: Porn is a public health crisis

Postby Vanna » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:47 am

While, to a certain degree, I agree that the scope is broad, I'm not certain I'd say it over reaches.

Consider the impact Hollywood had on popularizing tobacco back in the day, or more recently, homosexuality. There is a certain amount of normalizing that takes place from repeated exposure to concepts and imagery.

There are a number of things I would not have tried had I not been exposed to porn, a number of fantasies even that pushed boundaries into violence.

I also wonder if, ironically, being Christian or coming from a non-aggressive home influences what kind of images you tend to seek out, causing a predisposition toward less violent images? That said, it has long been evident that with strongly addictive porn behaviors, the user will tend to look for increasingly unusual/graphic images as the others lose the 'high' or ability to arouse.

I think the studies (there are quite a few out there) will always struggle to prove a 'solid' connection because there is a very limited source of control group (non-exposed, non-using) to provide balance. I doubt the Amish are going to volunteer as a control group.

Looking at a wider spread of studies, knowing what we do from behavior responses in media influence, and keeping in mind the data sources, I don't think it is a stretch to say porn has the ability to help blur the line between right and wrong thoughts that translate into desires and can manifest into behaviors.

My issue is that how can one honestly say what they would or would not have chosen to pursue sexually, if they have been exposed to porn images. I don't personally believe that I would have chosen to pursue a lot of the activities I did, as often or as casually, and maybe not at all... Who knows? I can't know, because you can't un-see images, you can't un-react to them. Once they are there, it becomes a matter of what appealed and what didn't. Just because it appealed didn't make it right or healthy. I don't believe I was born to behave easy or slutty, but before God got a hold of me, I can honestly say I did. There is a high in sexual release, there is an allure of control as well.

I do believe it will prove fairly impossible to put together a study chemically/scientifically proving any link between violence and porn. It would be too hard to cover every influence that predisposes someone toward violence. It is, as Doug said ^, a matter of figuring out how much it is a cause versus how much it is a symptom.

In my case, porn was a cause of behaviors that would likely not have been attractive to me otherwise. For others, it is often a symptom of a deeper, and sometimes more damaged background of issues.
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