Before the Internet, most pornography was only accessible in a porn shop. Now, the only barrier between you and millions of free pornographic videos is the click of a mouse. As a result, rising generations have experienced an unprecedented onslaught of hard-core pornography, not only through intentional searches but also through accidental exposure from pop-ups and “recommended” videos online. We now have a merging generation where the sexual templates of adults and adolescents alike are being shaped by pornography. These experiences have manifested in numerous neurological, physiological and sociological harms, which are being recognized by individuals of diverse political and philosophical backgrounds, and which call for a public health approach.
ONE Party will support
- Legislation that requires all internet providers to block access to pornographic websites by default
- To fund and support programmes and resources for those struggling with sexual and pornographic addiction
A 2015 nationally representative survey discovered that 27 percent of older millennials reported they first viewed pornography before puberty. This is an alarming trend since numerous studies show children are especially vulnerable to most compulsive use disorders. Since 2011, there have been at least 24 studies that have revealed porn negatively impacts the brain — which may actually be physically altered by pornography. Further, an analysis of 22 studies from seven countries concluded that porn use is significantly associated with attitudes conducive to sexual aggression and to engaging in actual acts of sexual aggression in both males and females. For anyone who believes the myth that pornography use has contributed to the so-called national decline in rape, think again. In actuality, some research shows that police departments have been significantly undercounting reported rapes in order to create the illusion of reductions in crime. Far from reducing sexual violence, pornography use feeds a culture accepting of rape, as shown by links to porn users’ increased likelihood of using physical coercion to have sex, and of engaging in sexual harassment behaviors.