Disclaimer: Some content is inappropriate for readers under 18 years of age or those offended by swear words, references to sexuality, atheism, and libertarianism.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Does Porn Reduce Rape Numbers?

This report by Anthony D'Amato says it might do. As a sexually harassed teenager I often wished some porn had been more readily available to the men so they'd find a juicier alternative to a thirteen year old who was already sick of the years of harassment by that point and just wanted to live out what little remained of her carefree days, thank you very much!

I'd have to see more studies to prove the correlation to exist, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was one element of many to contribute to the dropped rate. Obviously not all rapes are reported, however, and sexual attacks on infants and children may not be included either if they are left unreported for various reasons. Not only that, but as the report points out, there are so many other factors that could be influencing the numbers... However, I had to laugh at the bit about boys being taught that "'no' means 'no'"! Does someone really need to be taught that? Does saying it explicitly really make a difference? I guess I shouldn't mock it if it really has resulted in fewer rapes, I just figure that those who have no intention of rape would figure out the negative response of "no" and it just wouldn't matter to the ones who don't care anyway.

1 comment:

kinzi said...

One thing the author does not take into consideration is the shame factor. Women have only felt comfortable enough to report rape in the last 30 years. There was always the stigma that she did something to deserve it, much like the Middle East (if she is out of the house, she deserves it, she is a bad girl). If a man knows he can get away with it, he'll do it.

Even if a rapist was found and arrested, very few women were willing to go to trial and be torn apart by the dense on their sexual history. It would be interesting to see a correlation between convictions for rape.

I believe that child rape has risen, where rape of adult women has declined. Because children are easier targets and can be manipulated into silence.

There is also the fact more women are sexually available.

Naomi Wolfe has an interesting take n a NYT magazine article from 2003. she talks about how porn may not have caused the rape many feared, but now actually turns men off to real women. Only perfect bodies turn them on, so their sex life is a solitary thing in front of a screen. That real naked women are just bad porn. I blogged about it once.

He w