Is Porn the Reason for Lower Rape Rates?

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 07:37
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Hi Betty,

My coworker and I were discussing the crime reports in our local newspaper (yes, I still read the old-fashioned, newsprint-on-the-hands newspaper). She and I are both in our mid-forties and we noticed that the instances of stranger rape seemed to not be a prevalent as they were in the seventies and eighties. I don't mean to belittle anyone's experiences with rape but it just seems like stranger-jumped-out-at-me rape either has decreased in our area (Baltimore suburbs) or it is not being reported in the media.

We began to speculate why. I told her that the other day when I was at the public library, I noticed several men viewing porn on the library computers. I concluded that maybe porn was a way for men who might not have the opportunity to see a naked body in real life to satisfy this need instead of raping someone. She said that this could be a possibility especially given the fact that computers and internet access have become more affordable over the years.

This made my day. I enjoy porn and anything which may reflect it in a good light is always welcome. What do you and Carlin think? Could porn usage reduce the instances of rape? What are the rape statistics in NYC?

Hi D,

I just looked around Google and still couldn't find any actual numbers, but then I'm not the best researcher. The consensus seems to be that rape is down. One interesting element is that more rape was being reported by women who knew the guy. The other element was that many rapes go unreported. However, I do believe one benefit of porn is that it does provide an outlet for men to drain off some of their testosterone through masturbation. The downside to porn is that many young people use it as their primary source of sex education. Not so good because porn is still basically entertainment for men that does not always include information about a woman's sexual desires and needs. The Internet is human-kinds salvation. It's one media that is not censored as heavily as your newspaper.

Dr. Betty

Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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Motives for rape

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:16

I'm not sure about this. I'm certainly no expert on it, but I don't think the majority of rapists rape because of a desire for sexual pleasure - it seems to be more about having control over the victim and not being of sound mind.

Anyone in their right mind who wanted sex but didn't have anyone with which to do it would simply masturbate, surely, not go out and rape someone. I've always thought of stranger rape to be little to do with sex, and a lot to do with wanting physical control over somebody.

My point being that, in my opinion, the the type of person who would consider raping someone would do it no matter how much porn was available.

A rape story line in a

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 12:15

A rape story line in a popular UK soap called Corenation street prompted an 8 fold increase in calls to a rape crisis charity when their number was shown at the end of the show.  I think the rape myths that stop people reporting have to be got rid of before we can say wether rape has gone up or down for any reason. 
People should be able to enjoy porn even rape fantasy porn without raping someone as we do with murder mysteries without murdering anyone. This ridiculous notion that a womans own behaviour encourages rape has to be fucking kick out or lets excuse robery or  murder because some people were asking for it by leaving an expensive resteurant in the evening wearing nice clothes and hailing a taxi. 

Point taken Lady Grinning Soul

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 12:51

While rape is also violence against a woman, the point I made was more rape was being reported by women who knew the man. Date rape. I think that says a lot. I've always wondered why we have never created a profile of women who are victims of rape. That would be the other side of the coin wouldn't you say? I think we need to understand both of these aspects in order to end this sexual attack on women. We know that soldiers consider raping women of the country they conquer as their just reward. So we need to look at the many different kinds of rape that exist today.

Legalize Prostitution, Too!

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 19:20

Columnist Steve Chapman examined how the rise of internet porn is correlated to a decline of sexual violence: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/01/steve-chapman-d...

IMO, legalizing prostitution would lead to a further decrease in sexual violence. Feminists always claim that sexual violence isn't about sexual pleasure, that it's about power. That may be true in one sense, but men who rape are seeking power over women because they have none. They can't get laid!

Many feminists just don't get men and can't relate to the anger and frustration men feel when they can't sexually express themselves. Internet porn gives men who can't get laid somewhat of an outlet. Prostitution would allow them to actually have sex with a woman and make them feel like a real man. Plus, it would allow women without job skills to make a nice living.

Someone who actually works with rapists

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 21:06

I actually work in a sex offender treatment program,  which includes rapists along with pedophiles,  (most actually get locked up together,  anyway).   I am not a professional psychologist,  just a security specialist (mostly getting stuff for them, helping them work together on the ward.  I don't think porn directly or indirectly solves much for them,  and for the most part it is considered non-therapeutic to have.  My two cents on rapists points to their palpable hatred of women,  so much you can almost smell it in the air,  and parenthetically there are a fair amount of women who work there with me.  They just don't get why the women don't take the blame and guff they sometimes give them.  I would bet the single deciding factor is that women stand up for themselves more and act less like victims than they used to before the womens movement. It is increasingly more difficult for men to blame women for everything and totally ignore them like it used to be in the old days.  If you can't blame someone totally, it is slightly harder to hate them.  Overall,  equality is a powerful force.
As for porn, well,  like prostitution,  I only note that it is a constant throughout history, so we really can't say what effect it has had on society.  But the theories you present seem to be true on paper.  But I would bet most rapists would say that they masturbate and read porn as much as anyone else.

Porn reduced rape

Tue, 10/04/2011 - 05:28
Jack Jones (not verified)

Yes, online porn reduced rape rates. See "Study finds online porn may reduce the incidence of rape" (2009).

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