Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pornography Has No Place in a Civilized Society

There is an abundance of scholarly work reporting on the various harmful correlates of pornography, which include (but are not limited to):

Although this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, I believe that these provide sufficient grounds on which to advocate for restrictions on the production and consumption of pornographic material. With respect to the scourge of child pornography in particular, I believe in a scientifically-informed, comprehensive approach (combining treatment of offenders with their incarceration) to combating it.  

Other Highly Recommended Readings

  • "Is Porn Immoral? That Doesn’t matter: It’s a Public Health Crisis" (Washington Post) - by Gail Dines, a professor of sociology
  • "The Case for Banning Pornography" (Washington Post) - by Matthew Schmitz, literary editor of First Things