Ifølge en nylig undersøgelse, så synes pornografi at have en stærkt sløvende effekt på menneskets naturlige moralske sans:
… men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day,” 54 percent “strongly agreed” that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that. Statistical tests confirmed that porn use is a (very) significant predictor of men’s support for same-sex marriage, even after controlling for other obvious factors that might influence one’s perspective, such as political affiliation, religiosity, marital status, age, education, and sexual orientation.
The same pattern emerges for the statement, “Gay and lesbian couples do just as good a job raising children as heterosexual couples.” Only 26 percent of the lightest porn users concurred, compared to 63 percent of the heaviest consumers. It’s a linear association for men: the more porn they consume, the more they affirm this statement. More rigorous statistical tests confirmed that this association too is a very robust one.
Det forekommer mig derfor lige så ironisk som glædeligt, at Island under sin homofile regeringschef, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, nu går foran i kampen mod internet-pornografi. Fra Daily Mail:
Iceland could become the first Western democracy to block all internet porn under radical new proposals.
Fears about the damaging effects on children have led the government to work on legal measures to try and stop the flood of graphic sexual material reaching the island’s shores …
Two years ago, the Icelandic Parliament – led by female prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir – successfully banned all strip clubs on the grounds that they violated the civil rights of the women who worked there and were harmful to society.
This argument – that porn violates the rights of both women who appear in it and children who are exposed to it – is the cornerstone of the new proposals under discussion.
Alarm over the harmful effects of internet sex were raised in Iceland in 2010 when the Government launched a wide-ranging consultation process on how rape cases are handles in the justice system.
The investigation was followed by a further consultation on porn, which included teachers, law enforcers and organisations working with abused children.
It concluded that the extremely violent nature of the material now freely available on the web was increasing the intensity of sex attacks.
It also found that children exposed to violent pornography at an early age were showing the similar signs of trauma as youngsters who had been actually abused …
Just as in Iceland, recent comments by Labour frontbenchers, like Diane Abbott, suggests an emerging political consensus on the need for radical thinking to deal with the pornification of childhood.
While countries like China have also tried to stamp out internet pornogaphy within its borders, this is the first attempt by a Western democracy.
Professor Gail Dines, a world authority on pornography and speaker at a recent conference at Reykjavik University on the issue, says: ‘Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried …
Herhjemme går udviklingen derimod helt i den forkerte retning. Med opbakning fra dem, der påstår at ville beskytte vore børn, vil såkaldte eksperter nu åbne markedet for stærk pornografi til børn helt ned i 12-års alderen.
Det var de selvsamme eksperter, der for nylig modsatte sig et dansk forbud mod prostitution.