THE PRIMARY EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY
(1) Even "soft" porn is harmful to
pornography desensitizes the viewer.
(3) Pornography is addictive.
(4) Pornography degrades marriages.
(5) Pornography increases crime in dangerous offenders.
(6) Pornography encourages and facilitates other crimes.
Reference. These impacts are also listed in
The Hill-Link Minority Report of
the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography
. A copy of this
report, written in 1970, may be ordered from Morality in Media, 475
Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115.
(1) EVEN "SOFT" PORN IS HARMFUL TO EVERYONE!
Eighteen separate studies have shown that "soft" porn, which involve acts between consenting adults,
viewers, and may lead to extremely violent behavior.
Pornography adversely affects
every person who views it
not only the dangerous sex offender caricatured
in cartoons, but
. It interferes with interpersonal relationships and personal moral development in
persons who view it.
In fact, soft-core porn has been involved in numerous adolescent male suicides. The Federal Bureau of
Investigation has reported many cases where a young male will suspend himself by the neck from a rope
and masturbate while holding a soft-core magazine in the hope of attaining an extremely intense orgasm.
Not surprisingly, these deaths (classified as "autoerotic asphyxiation") are not often made public. It is
estimated that about 1,000 such accidental suicides occur in the United States each year. In many cases,
the issue of
magazine that describes how to perform the so-called "orgasm of death" have been
found at the feet of the victims.
In many cases, even young kids have unwittingly killed their friends and siblings while following
suggestions that have been printed in "soft-core" magazines, proving that it is not only hardened perverts
and criminals who are adversely affected by porn.
For example, Zacharian Hurt, 13, read a porn magazine and then carefully wrapped shoelaces around the
necks of two boys his 8-year old brother, Benjamin, and Todd Pigg, Jr., 7 and pulled them tight,
accidentally strangling them.
(2) ALL PORNOGRAPHY DESENSITIZES THE VIEWER.
pornography soft, hard, and even 'neutral' sex-education materials, desensitize the viewer and allow
him to become conditioned to sexual acts, violent and nonviolent, as an integral part of human behavior.
This conclusion has been reached in 26 separate studies.
An interesting 1984 Gallup survey showed that two-thirds of respondents believed that viewing violence
on television was harmful to others, but only five percent believed that such viewing was harmful to