Is there good porn?
Take a look at this statement from an article called The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research.
“Increased access to the Internet by adolescents has created unprecedented opportunities for sexual education, learning and growth.”
(Owens, E. W., Behun, R. J., Manning, J.D. and Reid, R.C. (2012). Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsiviy, 19, 99-122)
Writers and researchers seem to feel obligated to acknowledge the potential benefits of pornography when in fact their own research as well as the vast majority of everyone else’s shows no such thing.
The above authors go on to document the damaging effects of internet pornography on adolescents. For example that youth who view porn develop unrealistic sexual values and beliefs, and that viewing violent porn is related to higher levels of sexually aggressive behavior. Also that viewing porn leads to body image problems with girls and performance fears in boys and so on.
Certainly research on the negative effects of porn is important. But there is always an opposing view out there that porn serves the useful functions of freeing men and women, reducing shame around sex, aiding couples, and educating the young.
The reporting of scientific evidence often seems to be an attempt to escape the good vs. bad debate about porn so as to avoid being seen as moralistic. Just the facts. And indeed that is what science does.
But proving that porn can be a harmful, addictive drug fails to address a larger issue that I think is given less attention.
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