Pornography Leads to Sexual Aggression

Jim Liebelt | Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pornography Leads to Sexual Aggression

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on the Christian Post.

A meta-analysis assessing 22 different studies from seven different countries around the world warns that consumption of pornography is significantly linked to increases in sexual aggression, both verbal and physical.

"The accumulated data leave little doubt that, on the average, individuals who consume pornography more frequently are more likely to hold attitudes conducive to sexual aggression and engage in actual acts of sexual aggression than individuals who do not consume pornography or who consume pornography less frequently," says the study, "A Meta-Analysis of Pornography Consumption and Actual Acts of Sexual Aggression in General Population Studies," published in the Journal of Communication.

As cited by Family First NZ, a New Zealand-based charity, the study out of Indiana University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa found that internationally the consumption of pornography is associated significantly with both verbal and physical aggression, among males and females alike.

"The association for physical sexual aggression, although smaller than the association for verbal sexual aggression, was still positive and significant. Pornography consumption was associated with an increased probability of the use or threat of force to obtain sex," the study says.

Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says: "Social scientists, clinical psychologists, biologists and neurologists are now beginning to understand the psychological and biological negative effects of viewing pornography. They show that men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity. Prolonged consumption of pornography results in stronger perceptions of women as commodities or 'sex objects.'"

McCoskrie says the latest study adds to the growing evidence that porn harms. "If we want to tackle sexual violence, we must first admit the role that pornography plays and the harm that it does to attitudes and actions."

Source: Christian Post
http://www.christianpost.com/news/pornography-leads-to-sexual-aggression-new-study-says-154498/

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