PORNOGRAPHY & SEX OBJECT CULTURE
03 / 08 / 17
No other generation in the history of the world has faced the intensity and scale of pornography we face today.
In the 10 years post 1998, the number of pornographic websites grew by 1,800% and by 2004, they were getting three times more hits than Google, Yahoo!, and MSN Search put together.
PORN'S AGGRESSIVE NATURE
In one study, a team of researchers looked at the most bought and rented porn films, randomly picked 50 and analyzed their 304 scenes; 88% contained physical violence, 49% verbal aggression, only 1 in 10didn’t contain any aggression, and the typical scene averaged 12 physical or verbal attacks. Dehumanizing submission like this normalizes dominance and sets the stage for acceptance of verbal and physical aggression.
One of the most comprehensive studies on porn use ever conducted found that after being exposed to even softcore sexual material, both men and women were significantly less happy with their partner’s looks and sexual performance. Porn users are also found to express less love for their partners, are less able to perform sexually and are more disrespectful and aggressive within intimacy.
A number of studies have found habitual use of porn to be linked to poor mental health outcomes (depression, anxiety, insecurity) and symptoms of addiction, similar to those of drug or alcohol.
For example, shrinking the part of the brain that helps you think things through to make good choices - the frontal lobes. This effects the brain’s limit setting system; 56% of a 1,500 man survey said their tastes in porn had become “increasingly extreme or deviant”. Like any drug, a tolerance is reached and as the brain becomes accustomed to what it’s seen users require stronger doses for arousal, often seeking that which used to disgust or unsettle them, or even that which goes against what they think is morally right.
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Jo Mills (winner)
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