Pornography IS sexual violence… just a different kind.

Jonah Mix points out that asking whether pornography causes sexual violence is a silly question… pornography IS sexual violence.

Pornography apologists out there who cite statistic after statistic about how pornography doesn’t “correlate” with sexual violence are either (intentionally) ignorant or (intentionally) dishonest. By cordoning off pornography from the category of “sexual violence” through the distancing measure of “correlation,” they think they’ve demonstrated that pornography can coexist with women’s freedom when all they’ve really demonstrated is that an oppressed group looks a lot more free once you take a massive part of their oppression and conveniently erase it. It’s a clever trick, really: You identify a central component of your abuse, convince people to not see it as violent, and then use the new-found “reduction” in violence to prove that your original violation can’t possibly be bad because, hey, look how little violence there is!

Too bad it’s exactly that: A trick. Societies where pornography is tolerated don’t really have lower rates of sexual violence any more than a society where mass shootings were legal would really have a lower rates of murder. Porn cultures have the exact same amount of men willing to engage in the exact same amount of abuse as any other – the difference is that porn cultures provide those abusive men with the ability to enact that abuse in ways that don’t register as abusive to society at large.

One thought on “Pornography IS sexual violence… just a different kind.

  1. Independent Radical March 25, 2016 at 04:48 Reply

    Comparing entire societies with high levels of pornography to entire societies with low levels of pornography is a terrible methodology to begin. There are so many other factors that could interfere with the trend one is trying to detect. I think that unfortunately nowadays most societies which oppose pornography are steeped in religious fundamentalism and mistreat women for that reason. It is not opposition to pornography itself that is the problem.

    To really determine if there is a correlation between two variable, they must be isolated from other variables. For example, if a group of men who were similar (in terms of age, race, nationality, economic background, cultural background, etc.) were compared, I have no doubt that those among the group who were less accepting of pornography would have more respect for women. Someone needs to teach social “scientists” how actual science works. I am disappointed that people claiming to believe in science take studies which do not even attempt to control for extraneous variables.

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