“Therapists questioned by a leading women’s magazine overwhelming reported (86%) they believed porn had a negative effect on modern relationships, with 90% revealing they had seen an increase in relationship problems due to porn in recent years.
Glossy magazine Cosmopolitan was also told that ‘vanilla’ sex is becoming less desirable, while porn addiction is on the increase.
In addition, almost all of the 68 therapists surveyed (94%) have seen an increase in incidents of porn addiction and 63% believe porn increases men’s expectations of sex with their partner.
“Porn can affect men’s ability to form relationships with real women, rather than those on their laptop,” said psychosexual therapist Carol Featherstone.
Psychosexual therapist Karen Lobb-Rossini adds: “More and more young people (girls as well as boys) are learning about sex through porn, and it’s having a devastating effect on their perception of themselves and their bodies.”
“While some experts have claimed porn can help some relationships, many experts now believe it can have a devastating effect by skewing what is expected in the bedroom,” said Louise Court, editor of Cosmopolitan.”
“The mainstream media’s representation of women and its normalising of pornography, should be one of our first ports of call when searching for the causes of sexual violence.
As we start the new year and look to what we can do to make a difference, let’s not forget the young women bearing the impact of a society that does not take media objectification of women seriously.
Sexual violence does not exist in a vacuum. One way we can show our collective disgust at its existence is by refusing to accept that women as sex objects is the norm.”
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“During a recent Commons debate on the sexual exploitation of children Ann Coffey, the chairman of the all party parliamentary group on runaway and missing children, told MPs that internet pornography was “distorting teenage boys’ views of sex”.
Blaming the impact of internet pornography, she said: “There is a problem that teenage boys are accessing adult websites which gives them a distorted attitude.”
Ms Coffey said that with often explicit pornography available to boys over the internet, there was growing evidence of girls at school experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of their peers.
Better teaching in the area would give youngsters the confidence to spot the signs. Parliament was told that sex education should be made a compulsory part of the school curriculum as part of the Government’s efforts to stop the exploitation of children. She said the more children were taught about sex and relationships, the easier they would find it to speak out if they felt they were being abused.”
Investigative reporter Philip Martin, working with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), traveled throughout Asia to explore the modern slave trade of human trafficking.
Today we look at sex trafficking within the United Sates. We also examine how this industry seeps into society and influences how we think about sex and sexuality.
Gail Dines, a professor of sociology at Wheelock College. Her latest book is Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality.
Norma Ramos, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio has become centered in the national spotlight after a controversial video was leaked to the internet by the Hacktivist group Anonymous depicting a group of teens laughing and joking about a 16 year old girl who was allegedly raped and molested repeatedly and publicly by at least two teenage boys at a series of parties while she was blacked out drunk. The initial, normal response of the public has been outrage, disgust and sadness for this horrible occurrence. But the next step in processing this tragedy is a desire for answers.
Often, when horrible tragedies like this occur, our society assuages its disgust and fear by saying, “That person is mentally ill. A normal person would never do such a thing.” But by all appearances, these boys were normal, socially active, participating members of society. They were active in school athletics and popular among their peers. These were the kinds of kids your kids hang out with. The kinds of kids you may even wish your kids hung out with. By all appearances, apart from this occurrence, these were among the successful, happy members of American society. So the question is, how could they have done this? How could it be acceptable in the culture of teenage boys to perpetrate such crimes and then to joke and brag about such behavior?
The answer is so glaringly obvious that it almost seems unnecessary to state, given the point of this site but the real question is this: When is the American public going to take responsibility for the rapists and misogynists that they are raising in our culture of porn? How can we think it is possible to raise young men on S&M and gonzo and then ask them not to act on the desires and fantasies that we have allowed to flourish in their minds, the minds that we have polluted?
The perpetrators of this heinous and disturbing crime are sick in the minds. But no more sick than pornography has taught them to be. How many more Steubenville Highs do we have to have before we honestly recognize that the U.S. culture of porn is eroding everything we hold dear including, but not limited to, the safety and self-respect of men and women and our ability to be responsible with our sexuality?
According to Trueman — a former prosecutor for the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section — men who are not pedophiles absorb adult porn, changing their thoughts by fueling a desire for harder and more deviant material. So they often times end up consuming, producing and selling child pornography.
“Now the Justice Department refuses to prosecute under federal laws that prohibit distribution of adult pornography,” Trueman reports. “In fact, most people think the distribution of adult pornography is legal. It is not — but the Internet’s filled with it.”
As a result, child porn — something that was virtually nonexistent 20 years ago — has become a prominent crime. “That’s what the consumption of adult pornography has done,” the MIM president concludes.