The recovery of moral control and the return of spiritual order have
now become the indispensable conditions of human survival.
Cultural Historian Christopher Dawson.
I don't think pornography degrades women. The women who are doing it
want to do it. No one is holding a gun to their head. I don't get that
Madonna, Sex (1992).
Pornography is merely a "safety valve" that people use to dissipate
their sexual urges. Its effect is 'cathartic' this means that persons who
otherwise might act out their violent sexual fantasies on other persons
may instead use their pornography harmlessly.
The deleterious effects of pornography both 'soft' and 'hard' are
damaging and pervasive. Respected research teams have performed more than
500 studies upon these effects, and their conclusions are concrete,
consistent, and unassailable.
Many important relationships appear consistently throughout these
studies. The six conclusions regarding the impacts of pornography that are
listed below are also presented in David Scott's summary study
Pornography, Its Effects on the Family, Community, and Culture.
Note that these conclusions are not the result of single or grouped random
studies; the number of studies that arrive at each conclusion are listed
in the appropriate paragraphs of this chapter and are taken directly from
The detailed reference material on all studies is also listed at the
end of Scott's book. This listing would be of great value to anyone
performing research on the impacts of pornography.
The six major effects of pornography are summarized below, and are
described in the following paragraphs.
THE PRIMARY EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY
(1) Even "soft" porn is harmful to everyone.
(2) All pornography desensitizes the viewer.
(3) Pornography is addictive.
(4) Pornography degrades marriages.
(5) Pornography increases crime in dangerous offenders.
(6) Pornography encourages and facilitates other crimes.
Reference. These impacts are also listed in
The Hill-Link Minority Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity
and Pornography. A copy of this report, written in 1970, may be
ordered from Morality in Media, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York
(1) Even "Soft" Porn is
Harmful to Everyone!
Eighteen separate studies have shown that "soft" porn, which involve
acts between consenting adults, definitely desensitizes all
viewers, and may lead to extremely violent behavior.
Pornography adversely affects every person who views it not only
the dangerous sex offender caricatured in cartoons, but everyone.
It interferes with interpersonal relationships and personal moral
development in all persons who view it.
In fact, soft-core porn has been involved in numerous adolescent male
suicides. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported many cases
where a young male will suspend himself by the neck from a rope and
masturbate while holding a soft-core magazine in the hope of attaining an
extremely intense orgasm. Not surprisingly, these deaths (classified as
"autoerotic asphyxiation") are not often made public. It is estimated that
about 1,000 such accidental suicides occur in the United States each year.
In many cases, the issue of Hustler magazine that describes how to
perform the so-called "orgasm of death" have been found at the feet of the
In many cases, even young kids have unwittingly killed their friends
and siblings while following suggestions that have been printed in
"soft-core" magazines, proving that it is not only hardened perverts and
criminals who are adversely affected by porn.
For example, Zacharian Hurt, 13, read a porn magazine and then
carefully wrapped shoelaces around the necks of two boys his 8-year old
brother, Benjamin, and Todd Pigg, Jr., 7 and pulled them tight,
accidentally strangling them.
(2) All Pornography
Desensitizes the Viewer.
All pornography soft, hard, and even 'neutral' sex-education
materials, desensitize the viewer and allow him to become conditioned to
sexual acts, violent and nonviolent, as an integral part of human
behavior. This conclusion has been reached in 26 separate studies.
An interesting 1984 Gallup survey showed that two-thirds of respondents
believed that viewing violence on television was harmful to others, but
only five percent believed that such viewing was harmful to themselves.
Leading sexual violence researchers Neil Malamuth, Ed Donnerstein, and
Dolf Zillman state that, in general,
Pornography desensitizes. Exposure to these materials, whether
violent or nonviolent, coercive or noncoercive, experimentally increases
male aggressive behavior against women, and decreases both male and
female sensitivity to rape and the plight of the rape victim. Both males
and females, after viewing this material, judge the female rape victim
to be less injured, less worthy, and more responsible for her own
This research showed that, after brief exposure to pornography, fully
two-thirds of normal male college students would be more willing to force
a woman into sexual acts if they could be assured of not being caught or
punished. One-third of the students expressed an increased desire to
actually commit rape. These are frightening changes in attitude,
considering that most rapes are not even reported.
Pornography is particularly effective at desensitizing emotionally
disturbed persons. At least 26 studies have shown definitively that
emotionally disturbed individuals and those with a tendency towards
violent acts may be significantly desensitized for several weeks
after exposure to three hours of violent and/or pornographic films.
(3) Pornography is
Several studies have shown that all persons, normal and
unbalanced, who view pornography develop a yearning for ever more deviant
materials, just as drug addicts crave stronger and stronger drugs. All
persons fantasize about more deviant acts and materials and many even
incorporate them into their sexual relationships. Many persons begin to
employ more violent methods in their sexual relations.
British psychiatrists Martin Roth and Edward Nelson state that "Far
from having a cathartic effect, exposure to pornography produces an
enhanced interest in sexual deviancy."
Donnerstein, Zillman, and Malamuth report that "Massive exposure to
nonviolent, noncoercive standard-fare pornography created an appetite for
more unusual, bizarre and deviant materials, including violence in a
sexual context such as depictions of sadomasochism and rape."
As with drug users, those who use pornography need more and more
deviant materials to maintain their previous level of sexual arousal.
(4) Pornography Degrades
Pornography users generally view material that shows attractive women
performing almost any type of act with any number of men (or animals, for
that matter). The users begin to expect that their wives should also
perform acts that are at least a little more 'adventurous" or
'experimental' that those they are used to, and will become dissatisfied
when their non-using partners will not live up to their porn-induced
fantasies. They may even become dissatisfied with their wive's physical
imperfections. The wives, of course, will become disgusted and repelled by
their husband's increasingly deviant behavior.
The husbands or boyfriends then often turn to prostitutes, who are
accustomed to handling bizarre requests.[3,8]
(5) Pornography Increases
Crime in Dangerous Offenders.
More than 65 studies have shown that dangerous offenders (child
molesters, killers, rapists, incest fathers) are not only more likely to
commit their crimes if they employ pornography, they are likely to precede
their violent acts with the extended use of deviant materials. Male sex
offenders soon begin to display addictive and compulsive behavior when
using porn. Their mechanisms for relieving stress soon all become related
to deviant sex. They offend more and more often.
About two million pedophiles, rapists, child molesters, sadists, and
those who solicit teenaged or child prostitutes commit more than two
million crimes annually. This number accounts only for those incidents
that are reported the total number is obviously much higher.
Examples. Those naive individuals who cling to the quaint and outmoded
belief that pornography is 'victimless' should wake up and look at the
facts. Thousands of persons have been tortured, raped, and murdered by
warped human beings as a direct result of pornography. There are
thousands of such cases cramming police files all over the nation.
Some instances of pornography-driven murder and rape are described in
the following paragraphs.
Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted child molester and confessed homosexual,
lured 17 young men to his apartment, had sex with them, then killed them
and dismembered them. He ate parts of his victim's bodies, dissolved some
parts in acid, and stored some of the heads and other body parts in his
Dahmer admitted that he kept one man's heart "to eat later."
Dahmer was active in 'gay rights' organizations and had participated in
'gay pride' parades. Police also found massive quantities of hard-core
pornography and videotapes in his apartment.
On January 24, 1988, the day before he was executed for murder, Ted
Bundy stated in an interview with Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family
that; "In the beginning, it [pornography] fuels this kind of thought
process ... Like an addiction, you keep craving something that is harder,
harder, something which gives you a greater sense of excitement until you
reach a point where the pornography only goes so far, you reach that
jumping-off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it
would give you that which is beyond just reading or looking at it."
When Focus on the Family published the results of this important
interview, it was met with hoots of derision from the Left, which
correctly recognized that it was accurate and compelling. Obviously, the
only persons who attacked this interview were those who supported or
profited hugely from pornography.
Arthur Gary Bishop.
Arthur Gary Bishop, who was executed in Utah in 1983 for sodomizing and
killing five boys aged 4 to 13, stated that; "Pornography was not the only
negative influence in my life, but its effect on me was devastating. I am
a homosexual pedophile convicted of murder, and pornography was a
determining factor in my downfall."
The Miami Pillow Case Rapist.
FBI scientists at Quantico, Virginia, commented on the role of
pornography and its effect upon the Miami Pillow Case Rapist; "He
collected Playboy, then Penthouse magazines ... and dreamed of rape. Then
he slipped over the threshold of fantasy into the reality of sexual
Porn addict Ray Bauer of St. Louis often forced his wife of 29 years to
watch hard-core movies and then bound and tortured her. Finally, in April
of 1986, Mrs. Bauer could take no more, and shot her husband to death
after one particularly violent torture episode. Her back, chest, and
buttocks were heavily scarred with whip marks, and a search of the house
uncovered her husband's extensive collection of violent sado-masochistic
pornography and instruments of torture.
Zinn and His 'Product.'
Pornographers always tell us that porn is victimless.
This story proves differently.
In January of 1986, Linda Lee Daniels, 22, of Albuquerque, New Mexico,
was kidnapped in broad daylight from her driveway by three young men,
whose intent was to use her against her will in a pornographic movie.
The movie producer, Johnny Zinn, told these hirelings that he wanted a
blonde "product" for his movie and that he would pay them $1,500 if they
could find a woman who fit these specifications.
After they kidnapped Daniels, they drugged and raped her all night long
(taking a film of the entire sequence of rapes). The following morning's
papers carried Daniels' picture, so Zinn ordered his henchmen to kill her.
They shot her repeatedly as she pleaded for her life.
Zinn received a life sentence. Two of the three accomplices, although
found guilty of rape, are already free and roaming the streets, perhaps
searching for more 'products.'
The Federal Bureau of Investigation found that eighty percent
(29 of 36) of recent mass murderers used pornography extensively and used
it as an integral part of their murderous sexual activity, which often
included serial rape-murders. Some of these killers photographed their
dead victims and pasted cutouts of their faces on hard- and soft-core
pornographic pictures as preparation for their next 'kill.' The FBI and
police nationwide have reported finding extensive pornography collections
in the homes of virtually every mass-murderer and child molester that they
Pornography and Rape.
Chapter 18 of the Attorney General Pornography Commission's study noted
that the eight major men's magazines (Playboy, Penthouse,
Hustler, Chic, Club, Gallery, Genesis, and
Oui) have a circulation rate five times higher in Alaska and Nevada
than in North Dakota. It is very significant that the rape rates in
Alaska and Nevada are eight times higher than in North Dakota!
Other researchers have confirmed that 64 percent of all homosexual child
molesters and 86 percent of all rapists used pornography at or immediately
before the time of their crimes.
Figure 134-1 shows the results of a survey of more than 400 young
prison offenders. This study proved that those prisoners who had been
exposed to a large amount of pornography were much more likely to engage
in violent and sexually deviant behavior than those prisoners who had not
been exposed to pornography.
THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY ON YOUNG MALE PRISON OFFENDERS
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setting is recommended, otherwise, the tables may be discombobulated.]
First intercourse at age 11 or younger
37% 53% 1.43
First intercourse at age 14 or younger 65% 86% 1.32
Intercourse with 7 or more partners
63% 96% 1.52
Intercourse with more than one
person at a time
35% 59% 1.69
Engaged in oral-genital contact
16% 49% 3.06
Frequent anal intercourse
20% 40% 2.00
Participation in orgies and
soliciting prostitutes 44% 78% 1.77
Belong to high anti-social crime group
(friends in prison or reform school,
friends dealing in stolen goods,
friends who were members of gangs) 55% 82% 1.49
Reference. David A. Scott. "Pornography Its Effects on the Family,
Community, and Culture." Published by the Child and Family Protection
Institute and Contact America. Order from Family Policy Insights, 721
Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.
(6) Pornography Directly Promotes Other Crimes.
The above section shows beyond the faintest shadow of a
doubt that pornography users routinely engage in a wide range of violent
and sadistic crimes, committed not only against themselves, but against
other persons as well.
The pornography pushers also promote child
molestation by trivializing sex acts between adults and children and by
purposely blurring the line between adult sex and adults having sex with
Organizations such as the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)
and the Rene Guyon Society, both of which lobby for the elimination of
age-of-consent laws, are involved heavily with the homosexual movement and
with hard-core pornography.
For more details on the connection of child molestation to pornography
and homosexuality, see Chapter 137, "Pornography and Child Molestation."
However, it is also an established fact that porn kings use their great
wealth and influence to directly promote illegal acts in their magazines,
including the use of dangerous drugs. This is in keeping with their
hedonistic, "anything goes" philosophy.
According to Dr. Judith Reisman, the president of
Washington's Institute for Media Education, the legalization of all types
of drug use has been a primary financial, editorial, and legislative goal
of the Playboy empire since 1966. The first indication that Playboy
was going to champion drug use and legalization was in its September 1966
issue, when it interviewed Timothy Leary in a very ingratiating manner.
In 1970, the Playboy Foundation formally underwrote attorney Keith
Stroup's establishment of the National Organization for the Repeal of
Marijuana Laws (NORML). In late 1971, the Foundation contributed $100,000,
the first of many large periodic grants, to NORML for its 1972 pro-drug
Playboy has continued to infuse massive editorial and financial
assistance to drug legalization since 1970. In 1973 and 1975,
Playboy-backed NORML efforts resulted in the decriminalization of
marijuana in Oregon and Alaska respectively. Playboy Magazine has
published fictional stories lionizing drug-using heros, has printed
drug-use charts, and has served as a platform for numerous pro-drug
spokesmen, from Timothy Leary to All-American defensive back Don Rogers
(who later died of a drug overdose).
According to Congressional sources, illegal drugs are a
$70 billion a year business. We now have 20 million people who use
marijuana frequently, 7 million who use cocaine frequently, and half a
million heroin addicts. Our society is literally drowning in a flood
of drugs, and no child is safe from drugs and molestation especially
The very last thing we need is a group of rich lechers egging the drug
pushers on with illogical rhetoric in their glossy, expensive magazines.
References: The Effects of Pornography.
 Cultural historian Christopher Dawson, at the 1947 Gifford
Lectures, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Quoted in the National Federation for
Decency Journal, November/December 1987.
 Madonna, Sex (1992). Quoted in Suzan Bibisi, Los Angeles
Daily News. "Madonna: Sex Has Some Raunchy Text, Artistic
Photography." The Vancouver [Washington] Columbian, October 22,
1992, page B2.
 David A. Scott. "Pornography Its Effects on the Family, Community,
and Culture." Published by the Child and Family Protection Institute and
Contact America. Order from Family Policy Insights, 721 Second Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002.
 The Hill-Link Minority Report of the Presidential Commission on
Obscenity and Pornography. This report may be ordered from Morality in
Media, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115.
 R. Hazelwood, P. Dietz, and A. Burgess. "The Investigation of
Autoerotic Fatalities." Journal of Police Science and Administration.
September 1981, 404-411. See also the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
August 25, 1990.
 P. Zimbardo. "Sexual Murderers." Psychology Today, November
1977, pages 69 to 76 and 148.
 "Porn Traffickers Share Guilt in Sexual Murders." The Wanderer,
March 9, 1989, page 2.
 Frank Morriss. "Pornography and the Degradation of Society." The
Wanderer, February 9, 1989, page 4.
 Michael C. Buelow. "Police Believe Suspect Killed 17." The
Oregonian, July 26, 1991, pages A1 and A24. Also: "Relative in Dahmer
Case Sues." USA Today, August 6, 1991, page 3A. Also October 1991
Focus on the Family letter.
 "Woman Kills Porn Addict Husband." National Federation for Decency
Journal, May/June 1986, page 7.
 Dixie L, Gallery, mother of the victim. "Co-ed Picked at Random is
Kidnapped, Raped, Murdered By Pornographers." National Federation for
Decency Journal, April 1987, page 5.
 Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on
Pornography. Rutledge Hill Press, 513 Third Avenue South, Nashville,
Tennessee 37210. 1986, 571 pages.
 "American Drug Culture Has Roots in Playboy." National
Federation for Decency Journal, November/December 1986, page 4.
 News of Interest. "Drug Use Continues to Grow." National
Federation for Decency Journal, August 1987, page 15.
Further Reading: The Effects of Pornography.
Greenhaven Press. Sexual Values: Opposing Viewpoints.
Press Opposing Viewpoints Series, Post Office Box 289009, San Diego,
California 92128-9009. 1983, 155 pages. Each section includes several
essays by leading authorities on both sides of each issue. The questions
asked are: "Is Nonmarital Sex Acceptable?;" "Does Sex Education Belong in
Schools?;" "Is Homosexuality Acceptable?;" "Is Pornography Harmful?;" and
"Should Prostitution Be a Crime?" Authors include Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.,
Susan Brownmiller, Gail Sheehy, and Phyllis Schlafly. A catalog is
available from the above address and can be obtained by calling 1-(800)
Father Morton Hill and Dr. Winfrey Link. The Hill-Link Minority
Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.
The majority report, issued in 1970, gave a "Magna Carta" to pornographers
by taking the blame off their shoulders. Porn was deemed "cathartic" by
the majority, a heretofore unproven conclusion. While the pro-pornography
media hailed the majority report as "intellectual" and "open-minded," the
common-sense minority report of Father Morton Hill and Dr. Winfrey Link,
which devastatingly refuted the majority report, was predictably branded
"angry" and "virulent." This report may be ordered from Morality in Media,
475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115.
Judith Reisman, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Media Education.
"The Role of Pornography and Media Violence in Family Violence, Sexual
Abuse and Exploitation, and Juvenile Delinquency."
Study sponsored by the
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at American
University in Washington, D.C. The 24-page executive summary of this 2,000
page report and a packet of material on the exploitation of children in
Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler Magazines may be
obtained by sending a large, self-addressed stamped envelope, with a small
fee, to Dr. Judith Reisman, Institute for Media Education, Post Office Box
7404, Arlington, Virginia 22207, telephone: (703) 237-5455. The Executive
Summary, which is ideal for giving to store managers who might be carrying
this soft-core porn is available by itself (without the additional
materials) from the American Family Association, Post Office Drawer 2440,
Tupelo, Mississippi 38803. Prices vary.
Roman Catholic Church, Vatican Pontifical Commission for Social
Communications. "Pornography and Violence in the Communications Media: A
Letter dated May 16, 1989. Available from the Office
for Publishing and Promotion Services, United States Catholic Conference,
3211 Fourth Street N.E., Washington, D.C., 20017-1194.
David A. Scott. "Pornography Its Effects on the Family, Community, and
Published by the Child and Family Protection Institute and
Contact America. Order from Family Policy Insights, 721 Second Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002.
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