Pornography: Research Advances and Policy Considerations

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Reported Proclivity for Coercive Sex Following Repeated Exposure to Sexually Violent Pornography, Nonviolent Dehumanizing Pornography, and Erotica

James V. P. Check Ted H. Guloien York University, Toronto

This chapter details a study that is one of a series of studies designed to examine the validity of the hypothesis that sexually explicit materials may be divided into the following three types: (a) sexually violent pornography; (b) nonviolent dehumanizing pornography, and (c) nonviolent erotica. The basic assumption of this research program is that the effects of exposure to sexually explicit materials are very much dependent on the social content of the material in question, rather than the fact that sexual behaviors are portrayed. The impetus for this thesis can be seen from an historical overview of the research on pornography effects.


PAST RESEARCH: VIOLENT VERSUS NONVIOLENT PORNOGRAPHY

In 1970 the U.S. Commission on Obscenity and Pornography essentially gave nonviolent pornography a "clean bill of health," concluding that such materials did not have any demonstrated effects of a damaging personal or social nature. However, research conducted over the past several years has suggested that (a) sexual violence in pornography is on the increase (e.g., Check, 1984; Malamuth &

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