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Pornography and Crime

As far as I can tell, this article has been resubmitted for “corrected proof,” which basically means the research was good but the written submission wasn’t up to either syntax or APA standards.  I did a search at my University Library and on Google Scholar, and nothing.  Just the abstract appears to be available.  Still, the abstract itself is fascinating:

A vocal segment of the population has serious concerns about the effect of pornography in society and challenges its public use and acceptance. This manuscript reviews the major issues associated with the availability of sexually explicit material. It has been found everywhere it was scientifically investigated that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased. It is further been found that sexual erotica has not only wide spread personal acceptance and use but general tolerance for its availability to adults. This attitude is seen by both men and women and not only in urban communities but also in reputed conservative ones as well. Further this finding holds nationally in the United States and in widely different countries around the world. Indeed, no country where this matter has been scientifically studied has yet been found to think pornography ought be restricted from adults. The only consistent finding is that adults prefer to have the material restricted from children’s production or use.  (emphasis mine -HD)

Pornography, public acceptance and sex related crime: A review

There isn’t really much to say about it at this point, since there’s no data to comment on, but I will say that this review seems to back  up what I’ve been saying for a long time — repressing sexuality is the short path to dysfunction.  Letting people explore their sexual fantasies in safe, non-judgmental ways is the long path to healthy sexual plurality, acceptance, and a decrease in acting out sexual frustrations.

On an unrelated note, I’m recovering from a bit of minor surgery, so I probably won’t be spending a lot of time writing, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated over the weekend with interesting articles from elsewhere in the blogosphere.  With any luck, regular posting will resume early next week.

EDIT:  Thanks to a reader for getting me a full text PDF.  Here’s the most salient point in the review of existing studies on the rape/pornography correlation:

These investigators found that rapists were more likely than non-rapists in the prison population to having been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster. And such was by no means common among the rest of the prison population. In fact, the non-rapists had seen more
pornography, and seen it at an earlier age. These investigators also found that what does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing (Goldstein & Kant, 1973). Green
(1980) too reported that both rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males.


8 thoughts on “Pornography and Crime

  1. Hey there!

    The article is available to me, so either it is now online and wasn’t before, or your library doesn’t have the subscription.

    Very interesting read and keep your blog going 🙂


    Posted by kdascheller | May 7, 2010, 1:47 pm
  2. This is common sense.

    Images in Playboy are not going to incite people to molest girls, let alone boys.

    Posted by Michael Ejercito | May 7, 2010, 1:49 pm
  3. Oh and its blocked due to plagiarism, the reason:

    “It has come to the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry’s attention that a specific section of the article devoted to research in the article “Pornography, public acceptance and sex related crime: A review”, constituting 85 lines of content are identical with language from a chapter in Porn 101: Eroticism, pornography, and the first amendment, one of that article’s sources, namely “Effects of pornography on sexual offending” by Tovar, Elias and Chang. Although the source was generally cited, the direct quotes were not provided with the specific source and the page numbers from which the material was drawn”

    Posted by kdascheller | May 7, 2010, 1:55 pm
  4. Ah. That makes sense. It’s an easy mistake to make, I suppose. Especially if they did cite the source, but just not the specific quote. That’s why they pay editors the big bucks.

    Posted by hambydammit | May 7, 2010, 2:02 pm
  5. But did they take into account the type and frequency of pornography? Like violent pornography is more likely to increase violence against women.

    it also seems likely that the sex offenders would lie about their exposure to pornography.

    Plus those studies are from the 80’s well before the internet so I highly doubt that sex offenders today don’t look at porn and also it’s using rape as the ONLY measure of effects.

    Posted by Cpt_Pineapple | May 7, 2010, 4:51 pm
  6. Would you like me to email you the full PDF?

    Posted by hambydammit | May 7, 2010, 5:04 pm
  7. Yes.

    Also, to clarify the “other effects” in my last comment, this entry just so happened to of come the same day I posted a topic about the changing standards in society of acceptance to sexual images. [My topic came first].

    Posted by Cpt_Pineapple | May 7, 2010, 5:49 pm
  8. Without going into unnecessary detail, a careful look at world history will show that acceptance of “sexual images” has generally been higher than it has been for the last fifty years or so in America. But images, in and of themselves, are pretty difficult to evaluate without cultural context. So… without something more to clarify your position, I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove or disprove.

    Posted by hambydammit | May 8, 2010, 11:49 am

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