Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
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20-08-2012, 06:37 PM (This post was last modified: 20-08-2012 06:42 PM by PoolBoyG.)
Question Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
The question, I believe, can have very serious applications...

But first, does access to pornography make a person more or less sexually aggressive?

1. One thinking is that if you have a means to release your sexual urges and frustration, aggressiveness towards others (mostly men against women) will be lessened. There isn't such a strong need to pursue, or dominate, etc. You are less frustrated, or agitated. You're less likely to go insane when you see breasts, or when a girl says something to you. You are desensitized to sexuality.

2. The other thinking is that since you have this means of releasing your sexual urges, you are training your body and mind to act on them immediately. When you see breasts and whatnot, your body recognizes that you will release your urge within a few minutes. The danger is this: imagine when you're angry, rather than training yourself to calm yourself, you train yourself to punch or yell into a pillow. The relief is immediate. But what happens when you're in public and become angry? You have to punch or yell into a pillow. but you have no pillow. Your body and mind has been trained to release your anger - which means you're more likely to do so in public. Same with sex. If you're in public, you have a sexual urge, you're trained to release it immediately, but since you have no computer, you're in fact becoming more sexually aggressive.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MORE ACCURATE? Personal anecdotal stories, or referencing research papers would be appreciated.

As for the very serious applications... If the first thinking is true, that constant exposure actually inhibits sexual aggressiveness, then why not apply it to murder and paedophilia? These people are ill, and if they had personal material to take in, it perhaps could reduce murder and paedophilia? UNLESS however, the second thinking is true and this approach would just make things worse.
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20-08-2012, 06:50 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
(20-08-2012 06:37 PM)poolboyg88 Wrote:  The question, I believe, can have very serious applications...

But first, does access to pornography make a person more or less sexually aggressive?

1. One thinking is that if you have a means to release your sexual urges and frustration, aggressiveness towards others (mostly men against women) will be lessened. There isn't such a strong need to pursue, or dominate, etc. You are less frustrated, or agitated. You're less likely to go insane when you see breasts, or when a girl says something to you. You are desensitized to sexuality.

2. The other thinking is that since you have this means of releasing your sexual urges, you are training your body and mind to act on them immediately. When you see breasts and whatnot, your body recognizes that you will release your urge within a few minutes. The danger is this: imagine when you're angry, rather than training yourself to calm yourself, you train yourself to punch or yell into a pillow. The relief is immediate. But what happens when you're in public and become angry? You have to punch or yell into a pillow. but you have no pillow. Your body and mind has been trained to release your anger - which means you're more likely to do so in public. Same with sex. If you're in public, you have a sexual urge, you're trained to release it immediately, but since you have no computer, you're in fact becoming more sexually aggressive.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MORE ACCURATE? Personal anecdotal stories, or referencing research papers would be appreciated.

As for the very serious applications... If the first thinking is true, that constant exposure actually inhibits sexual aggressiveness, then why not apply it to murder and paedophilia? These people are ill, and if they had personal material to take in, it perhaps could reduce murder and paedophilia? UNLESS however, the second thinking is true and this approach would just make things worse.

Good question. How's it working for you?

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20-08-2012, 07:01 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
It's situationally dependant because there are so many other factors about a person's mental state to take into account.
And given that mental state = physical state, a person's reaction to a sexual stimulus may depend on what they had for breakfast that day.

Society's view can only be about whether and how far it is legislated.

History has shown that banning it, like any prohibition, usually makes things worse.

It is therefore accepted / tolerated not least for its educational value.

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20-08-2012, 07:28 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
I think that if the sight of pornography make you want to drop everything and masturbate then the problem lies with your inability to control yourself. If you see a women on the street and can't help but satisfy your urges then you have no control over yourself.
When I play a video game that has me killing people, I know that this is not acceptable in reality. I know where to draw the line. Killing is acceptable in a game where there is no consequence. Killing in real life has consequences.
Satisfying an urge at home behind closed doors is fine. Satisfying an urge whenever and where ever you want is not fine.
Wide exposure is not the culprit. The persons mental state is the culprit.

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20-08-2012, 07:29 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
(20-08-2012 07:28 PM)BioRichtofen Wrote:  I think that if the sight of pornography make you want to drop everything and masturbate then the problem lies with your inability to control yourself. If you see a women on the street and can't help but satisfy your urges then you have no control over yourself.
When I play a video game that has me killing people, I know that this is not acceptable in reality. I know where to draw the line. Killing is acceptable in a game where there is no consequence. Killing in real life has consequences.
Satisfying an urge at home behind closed doors is fine. Satisfying an urge whenever and where ever you want is not fine.
Wide exposure is not the culprit. The persons mental state is the culprit.

Pornography doesn't rape; people do.

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20-08-2012, 07:47 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
(20-08-2012 07:29 PM)Chas Wrote:  Pornography doesn't rape; people do.

I never implied that pornography raped people. I said that if someone cannot see the difference between pornography and rape, the pornography is not to blame. The person is to blame.

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20-08-2012, 07:49 PM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
(20-08-2012 07:47 PM)BioRichtofen Wrote:  
(20-08-2012 07:29 PM)Chas Wrote:  Pornography doesn't rape; people do.

I never implied that pornography raped people. I said that if someone cannot see the difference between pornography and rape, the pornography is not to blame. The person is to blame.

Sorry - it wasn't directed at you or your comments. I should have replied to the OP. My bad.

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20-08-2012, 07:51 PM
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(20-08-2012 07:49 PM)Chas Wrote:  Sorry - it wasn't directed at you or your comments. I should have replied to the OP. My bad.

No prob.

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20-08-2012, 10:02 PM
Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
(20-08-2012 07:49 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(20-08-2012 07:47 PM)BioRichtofen Wrote:  I never implied that pornography raped people. I said that if someone cannot see the difference between pornography and rape, the pornography is not to blame. The person is to blame.

Sorry - it wasn't directed at you or your comments. I should have replied to the OP. My bad.

Hm...I seem to remember being CHAStised severely for doing the same thing in the past. Dodgy

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21-08-2012, 07:38 AM
RE: Does wide access to pornography reduce sexual aggressiveness in a society?
The pattern of sexual activity and the incidence of pornography are indications of a society's state of mind. It's not a cause-effect relationship: they both emanate from the same causes.

By pattern of sexual activity, i mean statistical prevalence of all the types of sexual preference, age of consent, of marriage, duration of marriage/ committed relationships, fidelity and infidelity, consensual intercourse and/or sex-play below the age of consent; prostitution, casual coupling, pedophilia, fetishism, necrophilia, SM, bondage, rape, sexual assault and murder, domestic violence, promiscuity, openness/ secrecy of sexual preference, etc.
By incidence of pornography, i mean what type and how much explicit or implied, real or simulated sexual imagery is consumed; how much and what type of sex is depicted in mass entertainment, how much and what type in restricted fare; what's legal and how much is sold illegally.

All of these factors result from a society's attitudes, state of well-being and maturity. No one factor can be addressed successfully without a shift in the whole edifice.

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