Pornography’s Influence on Men
With the evolution of technology and the invention of the internet, mankind has created the ultimate social database. There is a vast amount of information that you can pull up on your smartphone within a matter of seconds that generations before us would have had to go to a library for. It is incredibly convenient for educational and professional personnel to post scholarly journals or research articles, for example, however there is no filter as to what can be uploaded. Some countries, like North Korea, monitor civilian internet usage to prevent harmful information from being uploaded, but this would be a complete invasion of privacy for Americans. We utilize our freedom knowing that almost everything we post is legal, which includes the focus of this paper: the billion dollar porn industry. Not only is the internet responsible for a decrease in social skills, it is an escape outlet for horny individuals seeking sex. Instead of forming intimate bonds with someone that lead to sex, you can satisfy your sexual desires on PornHub without having to deal with a relationship. Men are the main culprit, as they simply think about sex more often than women and need to satisfy their desire. In a survey by Roy Baumeister, about two-thirds of men say they masturbate compared to 40% of women (Sine). Not only are men more sexual, they are more violent. The U.S. Department of Justice conducted a survey in 2007 and found that 75.6% of all violent crimes were committed by males compared to 20.1% of females (Strickland). Because men are more sexual, they are likely to watch more porn. The more porn men watch, the more likely they are to view women as objects. Because the porn industry glorifies hardcore sex, a man watching a woman being dominated in a video will find this behavior acceptable because the woman appears to enjoy it. Since porn is quite different from average sex, it teaches men that women are objects to control, which could be the reason men are more violent.
There have been many studies conducted on male participants to determine whether pornography affects violence. In one study, Dong-ouk Yang and Gahyun Youn from Chonnam National University showed male college students pornographic video clips and then gave them darts to throw, with human faces as targets. There were three different levels in which subjects were assigned: nonviolent, sadomasochistic, or violent pornography. Compared to the control group, the researchers found that aggressive behavior was more prevalent in the violent group (Yang et al). This behavior correlates with rape myths, which are “a set of beliefs that women are responsible for rape, like to be raped, want to be raped, and suffer few negative outcomes because of it” (Layden). If the woman in the pornographic video is viewed as enjoying the rape scene, whether she is acting or not, she is reinforcing the male viewers’ belief that this type of behavior is commonplace and typical in treatment towards women. In another study conducted by York University, 307 males were measured on their personality, motivations, experience, and aggressive tendencies before being exposed to a rape myth tape (Malamuth et al 1985: 299). The subjects were then shown a second tape in which sex was either consented or non-consented. The researchers then measured the subjects’ perceptions of the second tape and their beliefs in rape myths and concluded that “the findings provided support for the hypothesis that media depictions suggesting that rape results in the victim’s arousal can contribute to men’s beliefs in a similar rape myth” (Malamuth et al 1985: 299). Pornography may increase male violence and beliefs in rape myths, but we must also take into consideration that females view porn too. A study done on the effects of women and porn viewing found that “women who view pornography have been found to blame rape victims more, assign less responsibility to male perpetrators of rape,...
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