Pat Fagan, PhD, who heads the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Catholic University of America, published at the end of 2019 a very rich report, referring to numerous sociological, psychological, epidemiological, etc. studies. the consequences of pornography on the person, the family and society.
We can only advise politicians to read this report. They will discover there in particular why the so-called sexual education which is imposed more and more in schools is a catastrophe: being very often a rape of consciences with “materials” which can not be more “explicit”, it is akin to pornography, that is, it helps to lower the self-esteem of people who are subjected to it and to increase their uncertainties – and it is the last thing that teenagers need!
We also discover (not surprisingly, alas!) that exposure to pornography increases the risks of teenage pregnancy, but also of depression among young people, far from the image of pleasure that pornocrats would like to give. Studies have also shown that, for a married couple, the consumption of pornography by one spouse can be almost as devastating as infidelity itself – and, of course, it increases the risk of infidelity and separation.
A particularly chilling chapter concerns the desensitization of consumers of pornography – and, as a corollary, the dissemination of shocking or violent images. Thus the report indicates that a study relating to the contents of the three of the most important American pornographic magazines, Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler, on the period 1953-1984, shows that they presented no less than 6,004 images of children and 14,854 images of violence or crimes! Another study shows that 42% of internet porn scenes are violent. And this has consequences in real life since a study shows that, out of 100 sexually abused women, 58 could not say whether or not their attacker had looked at pornographic images, but 28 affirmed that it was the case and, among these 28, 40% (or 11% of the global sample) declared that pornography was one of the causes of their assault. Another study shows that 33% of child molesters of the opposite sex, 39% of child molesters of the same sex and 33% of rapists had used “hard” pornography during their adolescence.
It is perhaps time to realize the ravages of this disastrous “fashion”…