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Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization (The LA Times)


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Title: Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization
Publication: The Los Angeles Times
Author: David Horsey
Date: 12/15/2014

You do not have to be a prude to worry about porn. Thanks to the Internet, Americans have been pushed, unwittingly, into a vast social experiment testing whether unfettered access to the most freakish and foul pornography will warp sexual relations for generations to come. The days of boys sneaking peeks at Playboy on a […]

How Porn Affects Men’s Relationships, Sexually and Emotionally


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Title: Pornography and the Male Sexual Script: An Analysis of Consumption and Sexual Relations
Publication: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Author: Chyng Sun, Ana Bridges, Jennifer Johnson, Matt Ezzell
Date: 12/03/2014

Abstract Pornography has become a primary source of sexual education. At the same time, mainstream commercial pornography has coalesced around a relatively homogenous script involving violence and female degradation. Yet, little work has been done exploring the associations between pornography and dyadic sexual encounters: What role does pornography play inside real-world sexual encounters between a man […]

In Torrent of Rapes in Britain, an Uncomfortable Focus on Race and Ethnicity


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Title: In Torrent of Rapes in Britain, an Uncomfortable Focus on Race and Ethnicity
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Katrin Bennhold
Date: 11/01/2014

ROCHDALE, England — Shabir Ahmed, a delivery driver for two takeout places, did not have to go looking for young girls. Runaways and rebellious teenagers would show up at the restaurants, often hungry and cold. He slipped them free drinks and chicken tikka masala. “Call me Daddy,” he would say. But soon, Mr. Ahmed, a […]

The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex


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Title: The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex
Publication: The Independent
Author: Janey Stephenson
Date: 10/28/2014

There is concern in the UK over young people’s access to pornography: some want to block it, some want to see more vigilant age restrictions. Either way, the relationship that teenagers have with porn is rarely discussed with the nuance and patience it deserves. Today’s twenty-somethings are our lab rats: the first generation to go through puberty […]

How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America’s Hidden Rape Crisis

Posted on August 27, 2014, in Research, Sexual Violence, Societal, Statistics, Women

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Title: How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America's Hidden Rape Crisis
Publication: Iowa Law Review (Vol. 99, No. 1197, 2014)
Author: Corey Rayburn Yung
Date: 03/04/2014

Abstract During the last two decades, many police departments substantially undercounted reported rapes creating “paper” reductions in crime. Media investigations in Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis found that police eliminated rape complaints from official counts because of cultural hostility to rape complaints and to create the illusion of success in fighting violent crime. […]

Anal heterosex among young people and implications for health promotion: a qualitative study in the UK

Posted on August 19, 2014, in Men, Relationships, Research, Sexual Violence, Societal, Teens, Women

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Title: Anal heterosex among young people and implications for health promotion: a qualitative study in the UK
Publication: BMJ Open
Author: Cicely Marston, Ruth Lewis
Date: 07/18/2014

Abstract Objective To explore expectations, experiences and circumstances of anal sex among young people. Design Qualitative, longitudinal study using individual and group interviews. Participants 130 men and women aged 16–18 from diverse social backgrounds. Setting 3 contrasting sites in England (London, a northern industrial city, rural southwest). Results Anal heterosex often appeared to be painful, […]

‘‘Double Crap!’’ Abuse and Harmed Identity in Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted on July 25, 2014, in Men, Relationships, Sexual Violence, Women

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Title: “Double Crap!” Abuse and Harmed Identity in Fifty Shades of Grey
Publication: Journal of Women's Health, Volume: 22 Issue 9
Author: Amy E. Bonomi, Lauren E. Altenburger, and Nicole L. Walton
Date: 09/05/2013

Background: While intimate partner violence (IPV) affects 25% of women and impairs health, current societal conditions—including the normalization of abuse in popular culture such as novels, film, and music—create the context to support such violence. Fifty Shades of Grey, a best-selling novel, depicts a ‘‘romantic’’ and ‘‘erotic’’ relationship involving 28-year-old megamillionaire, Christian Grey, and a 22-year-old college student, […]

Airman Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn, Other Charges (News)


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Title: Airman pleads guilty to distributing child porn, other charges
Publication: Colorado Springs Gazette
Author: Erin Prater
Date: 01/21/2014

A Peterson Air Force Base airman pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing pornographic pictures of toddlers, having cybersex with a teenage girl and attempting to strangle his wife. A military judge accepted the plea of Senior Airman Czachery Rike, a firefighter with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, in an on-base courtroom. Rike faces up to 102 […]

Talking Points: Pornography and Criminal Behavior and Attitudes Research

Posted on December 13, 2013, in Featured, Research, Sexual Violence, Societal

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Title: Pornography and Criminal Behavior and Attitudes Research Results
Publication: Morality In Media
Author: Mary Anne Layden
Date: 12/13/2013

Adult (>18 years old) exposure to pornographic media is connected with: Believing a rape victim enjoyed rape Believing women suffer less from rape Believing women in general enjoy rape Believing a rape victim experienced pleasure and “got what she wanted” Believing women make false accusations of rape Believing rapist deserve less jail time More acceptance […]

Talking Points: Pornography and Relationship Damage Research

Posted on December 13, 2013, in Family, Featured, Relationships, Research, Sexual Violence, Societal

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Title: Pornography and Relationship Damage Research Results
Publication: Morality In Media
Author: Mary Anne Layden, Ph.D.
Date: 12/13/2013

Adult (>18 years old) exposure to pornographic media is connected with: Greater acceptance of sex before marriage Having more sex partners Rating their partners as less attractive Being less satisfied with their partners sexual performance Greater desire for sex without emotional involvement More sex callousness Trying to get partners to act out scenes from pornographic […]