by Victor B. Cline, PhD
(c) 2002


Abstract: Whether pornography has any significant harmful effects on consumers continues to be a controversial issue, not only for average citizens but also for behavioral scientists. Some social commentators claim that pornography is mainly a form of entertainment, possibly educational, sometimes sexually arousing, but essentially harmless. Or, they claim, at the very least, that there is no good scientific evidence of harm. Other social commentators claim more dire consequences and give as examples recent cases, played up by the media, of sex murderers who have claimed that pornography “made them do it.” This article outlines documented effects of pornography, including but not limited to the following categories: addiction, escalation, desensitization, acting out sexually, pornography’s impact on psychosexual development, etc.

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