Pornography plays a significant sex educational role in the absence of formal sex education.Updated: Sep 30, 2003 21:42 IST
The United States' report on pornography is extensive and diverse. An excerpt:
“Available research indicates that sex offenders have had less adolescence experience with erotica than other adults. They do not differ significantly from adults in relation to adult experience with erotica, in relation to reported arousal or in relation to the likelihood of exposure.
Available evidence suggests that sex offenders’ early experience with erotic material is a reflection of their more generally deprived sexual environment. The relative absence of experience appears to constitute another indicator of a typical and inadequate sexual socialization.
In sum, empirical research designed to clarify the question has found no evidence to date that exposure to explicit sexual materials plays a significant role in the causation of delinquent or criminal behaviour among youth or adults. The commission concludes that exposure to erotic materials is not a factor in the causation of sex crime or sex delinquencies”.
As a result of their studies, the United States Commission made four recommendations:
Pornography plays a significant sex educational role in the absence of formal sex education. Therefore, there should be formal sex education on a wide scale.
Pornography is not dangerous to society. There should be no censorship for consenting adults.
Pornographic materials should be denied to children below 16, even though there is no evidence that it does them any harm.
There should be extensive research into effects of erotica on people’s lives.
First Published: Sep 30, 2003 21:42 IST