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This is just fascinating.

by Dan McC / November 21, 2006 5:32 AM PST
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Anyone care to suggest that
by Steven Haninger / November 21, 2006 6:02 AM PST

convicted sex offenders be sentenced to view a required number of hours of internet porn while incarcerated or on parole as part of their "treatment" program....at taxpayer expense?

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Maybe ...
by Bill Osler / November 21, 2006 7:05 AM PST

I'm not convinced, though. It seems to me that there is at least one other issue the authors did not consider. Long term and short term effects may be different.

What about long term effects? How does exposure to pornography affect subsequent attitudes and actions regarding sexual violence? I suppose it is possible that viewing porn may have a short term affect on subsequent sexual violence. I'm not so much worried about that as I am long term issues.

My impression (sorry, no links) is that there is a tendency for porn users to gradually progress from soft core to hard core to even more hard core ... If true that suggests that there is a long term desensitization effect going on. Could that desensitization affect violent behavior over the long run? With that in mind it would be interesting to know whether there is evidence that porn use is more common in sexual offenders than in the general population (I suspect it is). If I'm right then using porn to decrease rape would be counter-productive.

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are we to conclude?
by WOODS-HICK / November 21, 2006 7:34 AM PST

that to reduce interest in internet porn we should set up r*** rooms. the study does not make sense to me. one is a violent power trip, the other is not. I wonder how much they got paid for this study and where do I apply for grant money. I am sure I could spend it more wisely.

do you think it was hard to get volunteers? who funded the research? the hustler foundation?

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My thoughts as well
by Steven Haninger / November 21, 2006 9:10 AM PST
In reply to: are we to conclude?

but I have no real capacity to understand such forms of sexual deviance. I can't figure out how a rapist gets "in the mood" to accomplish this. I am also under the impression that rape is more often an act of disdain rather than one of sexual fulfillment. Not to be crude but, as for viewing porn, all I can envision is a sleazy person hidden away alone with his PC or magazines while taking care of is "urges" at the same time....not contemplating rape. Makes no sense to me either. Possibly we have someone whose come to a conclusion and then looked for the supporting evidence rather than work the study properly.

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(NT) Castration. Quick and Historically proven to work.
by James Denison / November 21, 2006 8:31 PM PST
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It is little more than fantasy.
by Angeline Booher / November 21, 2006 10:32 PM PST

Rape is not a "sexual" act per se, but one of total control over another person. They get their kicks by violating victims weaker than themselves. Rape is an act of violence.

As for violence in general, IMO, there always have been violent people. I don't think anybody really knows why. Sometimes it just seems they are born.

Do movies about violence promote violence? I don't know. I do wonder if they can "inoculate" some viewers from the effects.

"Porn" has been around for a long time. From giggling at photos in National Geographic of topless tribal women, those "postcard", then Playboy, the curiosity is common. The only real harm I see is that some do not realize that the "letters" they read about in Hustler are pure fantasy, and the porn they view on the net does not mean that consent will be forthcoming to some activities in their personal relationships.

I do think that sex is now more considered a recreational activity, perhaps more obligatory in casual relationships, as marriage has not been exactly touted, even on network TV.

My reaction to the study is that it is a result of looking for a study to conduct, a failure to do preliminary research the pre-internet era, not interviewing the victims, and looking only for fodder to feed their pre-conceived opinions.

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