Pornography ‘desensitising young people’

Most children are exposed to online pornography by their early teenage years, a study warns.
About 53% of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online, nearly all of whom (94%) had seen it by 14, the Middlesex University study says.
The research, commissioned by the NSPCC and the children’s commissioner for England, said many teenagers were at risk of becoming desensitised to porn.
The government said keeping children safe online was a key priority. Read more

Porn still ‘morally unacceptable’ to most Americans: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2016 ( – Americans find pornography “morally unacceptable” by a two-to-one margin according to a new poll by the Gallup organization, and the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation says the numbers reveal a growing “movement against pornography and all sexual exploitation …across ideological and political spheres.” Read more

I’ve come of age in the porn generation. Here are some of the problems we face

The easy availability of hardcore pornography for teenage boys is having an effect on how they relate to girls, but nothing is being done about it.

I look back with bemusement at the moment I had to pull a friend aside from a conversation about oral sex, to ask desperately, “Kate, what’s a blowjob?” She shrugged, admitting she had no idea either. Read more

The Hidden Economics of Porn

A gender-studies professor explains how the industry works.

Humans have been creating images of sex and genitalia for millions of years, but it is only in the past few centuries—since the 1600s, according to historians—that these representations started meeting academics’ preferred definition of pornography, which involves both the violation of taboos and the intention of arousal. The first efforts to make money off of this new endeavor could not have come long after that. Read more

The Porn Catastrophe

Time magazine’s cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I can’t link to it because it’s a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women. Burk, quoting the article: Read more