In the age of easy-access porn, the impacts that pornography has on its consumers is hotly debated. I haver expressed the view before that I believe porn, when used responsibly and in moderation, can be a healthy part of person or couple’s sex life. Moreover, I think many of the negative consequences often associated with porn – objectifying women, causing sexual violence, sex trafficking – are both grossly exaggerated by the religious right and, to the extent that these risks are real, will only be resolved if we accept porn and sex work into the mainstream fold of society and de-stigmatize and regulate it.
I am pretty sure about this, but I do keep my mind and eyes open to evidence that either supports or refutes my beliefs. This morning I found an interesting study on www.sexscience.org In a study by Fisher and Barrack (2001) studies rates of sexual violence after a full decade of porn becoming easily available online. His findings: there no increase in rates of reported sexual assault. As a matter of fact, there has been a shape decrease, from 37 incidents/100,000 people, to 31 incidents/100,000 people from 1995-2005. A related body of literature has, with a few exceptions, generally found that convicted sex offenders report less exposure to sexually explicit materials compared to individuals who are not sex offenders