Friday, August 8, 2008

What's wrong with pornography?

This article makes the case for all the different ways that pornography is destructive to the individual and to society. Here's an excerpt from the part talking about its link to violence against women:

Consider, for example, a study done in the Oklahoma City area. When 150 sexually-oriented businesses were closed, the rate of rape decreased 27 percent in five years, while the rate in the rest of the country increased 19 percent. In Phoenix, Arizona, neighborhoods with porn outlets had 500 percent more sex offenses than neighborhoods without them.

Ted Bundy raped and killed dozens of women. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair and requested that his last interview be with Dr. James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family. In that meeting, Bundy talked openly about pornography and told Dr. Dobson that his struggles all began there. He explained that all of his fellow inmates had an obsession with pornography before going to prison. Porn magazines, web sites, and videos lay at the root of innumerable rapes and murders. [Note: this is the interview I linked to here. -JF]

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I read that chilling article.

I almost wish I hadn't.

How in the world are we supposed to shield our young men from all that's just a click away?