Effects of pornography  

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"With these data from a wide variety of countries and cultures, we can better evaluate the thesis that an abundance of sexual explicit material invariably leads to an increase of illegal sexual activity and eventually rape (e.g., Liebert, Neale, & Davison, 1973; MacKinnon, 1989; Morgan, 1980). Similarly we can now better reconsider the conclusion of the Meese Commission that there exists "a causal relationship to antisocial acts of sexual violence and . . . unlawful acts of sexual violence (Meese, 1986; pp. 326)." Indeed, the data we report and review suggests that the thesis is myth and, if anything, there is an inverse causal relationship between an increase in pornography and sex crimes." --The Effects of Pornography: an international perspective[1] (1999), Milton Diamond

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The effects of pornography on individuals or their sexual relationships differ from person to person, and are often unclear. Pornography's association with addiction, for example, has been studied, but pornography addiction is not an officially recognized condition. While some literature reviews suggest that pornographic images and films can be addictive, insufficient evidence exists to draw conclusions. With regard to examinations of the possible effects on domestic violence, rape and child sexual abuse, several studies conclude the liberalization of pornography in society may be associated with decreased rape and other sexual violence rates, suggest no effect, or are inconclusive.

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