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Title: Question of Pornography: Research Findings and Policy Implications
Author(s): E Donnerstein; D Linz; S Penrod
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 274
Sponsoring Agency: Free Press
New York, NY 10020
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Grant Number: BNS-8216772; IROI MH408894
Publication Number: ISBN 0-02-907521-1
Sale Source: Free Press
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Scholarly and Reference Division
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book draws upon the most recent scientific research in examining whether pornography negatively affects the behavior and attitudes of those exposed to it.
Abstract: Research findings indicate that sexually explicit material in itself does not foster negative attitudes or behavior, but when it is accompanied by images of violence, the risk of subsequent violence is significant. A review of media portrayals of sexual aggression reveals that the levels of violence in mainstream fiction and film often exceed the violence levels in the most graphic pornography. Laboratory findings indicate that the subtle but significant effects of violent sexual images include desensitization to others' pain, increased aggressive feelings, and a reinforcement of rape myths. Repeated exposure to such images may increase a viewer's impulse to harm others, and in addition to sexually arousing men, is a factor in changing their perceptions of women. This book also explores legal and other regulatory responses to contemporary pornography, including the advocacy of civil rights legislation, obscenity laws, and American film producers' attempts to regulate themselves to avoid State censorship. In challenging the recommendations of the 1986 Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, the book rejects censorship and proposes media education programs that will provide parents, educators, and legislators with sound strategies for countering the negative effects of all violent images, from prime time television to pornography. 5 figures, 6 tables, 877-item bibliography, and author and subject indexes. (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Pornography
Index Term(s): Media violence; Sex offense causes; Violence causes
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