Have pornography Declared as a Public Health Crisis

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When it comes to pornography and the Australian way of life the outlook is disturbing and the future looks bleak. The Centre for Human Dignity is committed to fighting to have pornography recognised as health risk for these reasons:

Have you read the latest research on pornography?

It has been argued that pornography is inevitable.  

At the Centre for Human Dignity we respectfully disagree and here is the research to explain what is at stake.

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PORNOGRAPHY IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

Here are the reasons

1 – IT IS DANGEROUS TO THE WATCHER.

The damaging effects of watching porn are well documented – with watching porn being linked to cocaine or heroin in terms of its addictive effects. The more porn that you watch, the ‘harder’ porn is needed to get the same ‘fix’ in the future.

2 – IT SEXUALISES CHILDREN AND PUTS THEM AT RISK

Pornography is also associated with early sexualisation of children. The average age of first exposure to pornography for boys is 11, at which age their viewing may include violent porn, bestiality and child pornography. What has been seen cannot be unseen. The alarming increase in child-on-child sexual assault is directly correlated to increased exposure of children to pornography.

3 – IT EROTICISES VIOLENCE TOWARDS WOMEN

A 2007 analysis of hard-core pornography revealed physical aggression in over 88% of the scenes, but women showed negative responses to the aggression in only 5% of scenes. [1]

4 – IT IS DANGEROUS TO THE ACTORS

Women whose prostitution is filmed for pornography often suffer more severe symptoms of PTSD. Their exploitation haunts them for the rest of their lives. It continues on film, played and re-played over the Internet indefinitely. Once the actors are in the industry they have higher rates of substance abuse, typically alcohol and cocaine, depression, borderline personality disorder… They have to be drunk, high or dissociated in order to go to work. [2]

5 – IT IS SOCIALLY DAMAGING, PARTICULARLY TO WOMEN

Pornography teaches young women and men that women are valuable only to the degree that they can satisfy and submit to the lustful, objectifying, even hostile, sexual dominance of men. 

Violent Pornography

Men who view violent pornography are more likely to believe that women who are raped enjoyed the experience, or were “asking for it”. Pornography is recognised as a significant factor for violence towards women, correlating with increases in sexual harassment, physical or verbal coercion to having sex, using drugs or alcohol to sexually coerce women, date rape, marital rape, incest, sexual abuse of children, and greater willingness to have sex with 13-14 year olds.

The Centre for Human Dignity will take up the vital fight to have pornography recognised as a health risk, so that Australians can be free from this dangerous stronghold.

 

References:

[1] Robert Jensen, “Pornography Cultures”, Big Porn Inc, p. 31.

[2] Dr Mary Anne Layden, Pornography Statistics p 6.

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