Scientific American: Porn is good for society and you

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    Aug 05, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    I might have to investigate more this thing called "porn"...
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-sunny-side-of-smutPerhaps the most serious accusation against pornography is that it incites sexual aggression. But not only do rape statistics suggest otherwise, some experts believe the consumption of pornography may actually reduce the desire to rape by offering a safe, private outlet for deviant sexual desires.
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    It turns out that among porn viewers, the amount of porn each subject consumed had nothing to do with his or her mental state. What mattered most, Twohig found, was whether the subjects tried to control their sexual thoughts and desires. The more they tried to clamp down on their urge for sex or porn, the more likely they were to consider their own pornography use a problem. The findings suggest that suppressing the desire to view pornography, for example, for moral or religious reasons, might actually strengthen the urge for it and exacerbate sexual problems. It’s all about “personal views and personal values,” Twohig says. In other words, the effects of pornography—positive or negative—have little to do with the medium itself and everything to do with the person viewing it.
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    an interesting side point from the article. "Responses from 1,023 pornography users indicated that the amount of pornography the subjects consumed did not predict whether they would hold negative attitudes toward women. The survey respondents who were most sexist were generally older men who voted for a right-wing political party, lived in a rural area and had a lower level of formal education."
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    This thread needs more dick shots. Or I might just...
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    Porn is good. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Makes total sense.

    Here is more:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/30/smut_freakonomics/

    It really makes you wonder whether hysterically banning the viewing/possession/discussion of certain "unnamed" types of porn is actually extremely counter-productive.
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Yup.. Porn is good.... Japanese manga porn is full of violence and death and rape..

    Yet.... Japan has some of the least incidence of rape, so Ive heard...

    The more you try to repress something.....