Pornography Promotes Aggressive Behavior in Research Paper

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However, it is very far from proving that porn access reduces rape. For instance, Net access has not reduced the homicide rate.

So, what is the function of Internet porn for young men in the critical age group of 15 to 19 years of age? Most of these young men today are likely to be living at home with their parents. Logically, it would be easier to collapse your browser in a hurry, delete the cookie files and delete the browsing history than it would be to stash the stack of Hustler Magazines. For this reason, the auxiliary evidence is rather consistent and dovetails with the hypothesis that Internet access reduces rape as the Net makes it easier to get access to porn.

We also must analyze the factor of violence. University of California professors Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna claim that the more violence is on the screen, the less on the street when new movies are released. The biggest drop in crime (about a 2% drop for every million people watching violent movies) occurs between 6 p.m. And midnight -- the prime movie going hours. Those experiments demonstrate that most "normal" people become more violent after viewing violent images. However, as the article rightly observes, this is the incorrect question. The one is do the sort of people who commit violent crimes commit more crimes after they watch violence? The evidence seems to indicate that this is not the case.

In addition, psychologists have discovered that male subjects (just after watching pornography) are more likely to express misogynistic attitudes.
But as professor Kendall points out, we need to be clear on what those experiments are testing: They are testing the effects of watching pornography in a controlled laboratory setting under the eyes of a researcher (Landsburg, 2006).

To conclude, this author has to say that the evidence is divided as far as the relationship between pornography and violence is concerned. As usual, the truth is somewhere in between. Certainly, the extreme of total repression can be seen in scandals such as are happening amongst Catholic priests. On the other hand, overindulgence certainly must go in the other direction as well. It also must depend upon whether acts of violence are depicted in the pornography. As usual, it depends on the person and there is not one answer to the question. However, it would seem obvious to concede the harmful effects of violent and child pornography and to continue to support traditional stances to control it.

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