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4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 12, 2011, 12:50 Ruffiana
Normally, I don't buy into the whole myth of media causing behavior...however, in the case of pornography, I do make something of an exception. Unlike film, books, comics, games, etc...pornography is presented as a realistic representation of human sexuality. Further, the subject of sex and pornography is taboo in our culture, so while you might be able to talk to you child about how "you know video games are make-believe, right?" people don't tend to have those same conversations with children about porn.

Even mainstream movies do a pretty shoddy job of presenting normal, healthy sexual relationships...full-blown pornography tends to be incredibly demeaning of women and degrade them as purely sexual objects. It celebrates promiscuity and casual sex without mention of the very real emotional baggage or health risks associated with that kind of behavior. Kids secret this stuff out, see porn, don't talk to their parents about what they've seen, and grow up thinking that his must be what sex is really all about. And there's some pretty messed up shit out there that's as easy to find as anything else.

Do I believe porn or "dirty" video games cause rape? No, that's a pretty ludicrous conclussion to draw...but I do believe it fuels inherent sexual urges and can lead to higher instances of sexual experimentation for kids who are not mentally or emotionally prepared for it.
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