Pornography

 
"Over the decades, research into the inner-workings of the industry has turned up evidence of the employment of psychological coercion and sometimes physical force to compel performance." (Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, p. 233. See also MacKinnon, "Pornography as Trafficking," in Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking, p.32.)

Shelley Lubben, a former pornography performer (who was a victim of severe human trafficking as a minor), has publicly testified: Women are lured in, coerced and forced to do sex acts they never agreed to do...[and given] drugs and alcohol to help [them] get through hardcore scenes.... The porn industry is modern-day slavery.”


Pornography
itself, it would seem, must come into criticism by those who would oppose the injustice of sex trafficking.


PORN & SEX TRAFFICKING
    2 million children are prostituted in the commercial sex trade
    Child pornography generates $3 billion annually

CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO PORN

    11 years old - Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography
    12-17 years old  - Largest consumer of Internet pornography

INTERNET PORN STATISTICS

    Porn revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball, and basketball franchises.

ADULT PORN STATISTICS

    US adults who regularly visit internet porn sites 40 million

WOMEN & PORNOGRAPHY

    70% of women keep their cyber activities secret.

PORN & THE CHURCH

    65% of all men sitting in church pews are addicted to pornography
    35% of all pastors are addicted to pornography



“The majority of porn that's on the internet is violent and degrading,” [Mary Anne Layden, one of the principal authors of the report and co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy] said. Offering a graphic example to emphasize her point, Layden said the most rapidly increasing pornographic image online involves anal penetration followed by the man inserting his fecal-flecked penis into a woman’s mouth. 'Violence is normalized, degrading is normalized, lack of intimacy is normalized, and the message also is that all men do this . . . ' she said." (Porn, Addiction, & the Black Market 3/24/10, San Antonio Newspaper)


“There does appear to be something about the way we use the internet that intensifies the habitual or addictive nature of the media,” said Jensen. “Everybody’s had this experience of sitting down at the computer to do something for five minutes and then standing up three hours later and saying, ‘What in the hell just happened to those three hours?’ You combine that with the nature of sexually explicit images, meaning the intense sexual charge they deliver, and you see stories like this increasingly.” More than time is lost; sexual boundaries are obliterated, and new turn-ons unearthed. “I’ve talked to many, many men who say, ‘I started out watching kind of tame quote-unquote soft-core porn, and then that led to harder stuff.’ Men will often say it leads them to watching stuff they actually would have never thought they could have been aroused to — especially overtly violent pornography or pornography that is clearly rooted in the degradation of women.” -
Robert Jenson, Journalism Professor at the University of Texas, Studied pornography-related issues for 20 years.


"Minutes before San Antonio resident Sean Block was sent up for his part in the attempted sale of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old and a single forwarded link to a child-porn website, he blamed his actions on his arrogance and selfishness, on his failure to “get the help that I needed years ago.”

Though jail guards lost his prepared remarks during transport, Block adlibbed a convincing sincerity at his July 2009 sentencing hearing. “I was too embarrassed to admit to other people what my problems were,” he told Judge Harry Hudspeth last summer. “My behavior started with — call it an addiction, call it a compulsion, I’m not sure, people call it different things — but an addiction to pornography.”


Over a decade’s time, Block estimated he watched up to 400 pornographic videos per month, although due to his intimate connection to his parents’ many foster kids, he dutifully deleted the one or two that slipped through each month with any trace of child porn, he said.


“And it was adult pornography that led me to many other things in my life — not even continuing my education after high school, because I tried,” he told the court. “I tried to go to college, and every night I was looking at pornography and not doing homework and then sleeping through class the next day. And it all started there.”

(Porn, Addiction & the black market 3/24/10 - San Antonio Newspaper)

Emphasis added.