Saturday, September 13, 2008

Internet Pornography Reduces Rape - SAY WHAAT?

While Browsing I found this article, too funny, shocking, I'm speechless, not to post.....

Internet Pornography Reduces Rape



Conservative evangelical Christians have always claimed that the continual watching of pornography is harmful and has to be banned to protect both marriage and to protect women. There may be a big hiccup in this claim. As of late, there are a few studies that are showing quite the opposite. Even scarier to religious anti-porn advocates…these studies are showing there is good reason to believe that pornography is not harmful to women and men, but may in fact be helpful by reducing the rates of rapes.

The bottom line from these experiments is, "More Net access, less rape." A 10 percent increase in Internet pornography access yields about a 7.3 percent decrease in rapes being reported. Back in the 70’s, state rape counts showed declines when they opened up Internet access. “The effects remain even after you control for all of the obvious confounding variables, such as alcohol consumption, police presence, poverty and unemployment rates, population density, and so forth” according to Clemson professor Todd Kendall.

Kendall continued, “There are no similar effects of Internet access in regards to homicide. The effects are strongest among 15-year-old to 19-year-old perpetrators.... those teenagers are precisely the group that (presumably) relies most heavily on the Internet for access to porn. When you're living with your parents, it's a lot easier to close your browser in a hurry than to hide a stash of magazines. So, the auxiliary evidence is all consistent with the hypothesis that Net access reduces rape because Net access makes it easy to find porn.”
Source: Slate

There may not be any internet effect on homicide, but there is a similar effect on another favorite target of the far right: violent movies.
Here is a fact that most people are not aware of: Violent crime rates fall when a violent movie is released. Instantly. In this same instance, there are a lot of natural experiments to easily document: The number of violent movie releases changes a lot from week to week. One weekend, 20 million people watch Saw, and another weekend, 20 million watch Music & Lyrics.

University of California professors Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna compared what happens on weekends like these. Their shared conclusion is that more violence on the screen means less violence in the streets. Chiefly supposing this trend happens is due to criminals preferring violent movies over love stories or comedies, so they will entertain themselves and stay out of trouble. They'd rather see the crazy guy in SAW than rob you, but that also means they'd rather rob you than sit through Music & Lyrics.

Next studies will probably be on the violent media and video games. News v the X Box. This would be tougher and more expensive study due to the different times people get there Game Boys out and when they watch their news programs. I wonder which one they’ll find is worse? Hmmm…perhaps this reporter will stick with renting porn and looking at XXX images on the web.


I agree with this author. The reporter should stick with watching porn and looking at XXX images on the net.

Seems like alot of time wasted for such a study. How about this, this is my study.............. RAPIST RAPE! DUE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF FACTORS, GOOD ENOUGH?

Victoria Placeo

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