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Friday April 22 Chapter 13: Does pornography play a crucial role in sex crimes against women and children? Briefly support your answer with reference to research findings. In short, no, pornography does not play a crucial role. As discovered by Donnerstein, male participants who had been angered and then shown pornography exhibited more aggressive behavior. However, given Berkowitz’s theory, any type of arousal would increase aggression and the stimulus need not be sexual. The aggression also would not necessarily manifest itself in sexual violence. Those cases may be true for a subset of the population, but it is not true for the population as a whole. Aggression towards women can be increased in nonangered males through extremely violent stimuli (both pornographic and nonpornographic). This does not necessarily mean that the aggression will manifest itself into a sex crime though. Seto et al. (2001) pointed out that those individuals who are predisposed to sexual violence are most likely
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Unformatted text preview: to be affected by pornography in a sexually aggressive way. Men who lack that predisposition will not be affected the same way. Therefore, it is not exclusively pornography which has an impact on sex crimes. Rather, individuals who are already inclined to commit such crimes will be aroused by such pornographic materials. Allen et al. (2001) discovered that more painful and repugnant the pornography was, the less inclined male participants were to behave aggressively. However, these findings did not hold true if the male subject was already aroused or angered. The introduction of the stimulus increased his arousal further and may result in increased aggression. In conclusion, pornography can act to increase aggressive behavior towards women in males. However, it is not likely that that aggression will lead to a sex crime unless the individual is predisposed to that type of behavior....
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