As far as I can tell, this article has been resubmitted for “corrected proof,” which basically means the research was good but the written submission wasn’t up to either syntax or APA standards. I did a search at my University Library and on Google Scholar, and nothing. Just the abstract appears to be available. Still, the abstract itself is fascinating:
A vocal segment of the population has serious concerns about the effect of pornography in society and challenges its public use and acceptance. This manuscript reviews the major issues associated with the availability of sexually explicit material. It has been found everywhere it was scientifically investigated that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased. It is further been found that sexual erotica has not only wide spread personal acceptance and use but general tolerance for its availability to adults. This attitude is seen by both men and women and not only in urban communities but also in reputed conservative ones as well. Further this finding holds nationally in the United States and in widely different countries around the world. Indeed, no country where this matter has been scientifically studied has yet been found to think pornography ought be restricted from adults. The only consistent finding is that adults prefer to have the material restricted from children’s production or use. (emphasis mine -HD)
There isn’t really much to say about it at this point, since there’s no data to comment on, but I will say that this review seems to back up what I’ve been saying for a long time — repressing sexuality is the short path to dysfunction. Letting people explore their sexual fantasies in safe, non-judgmental ways is the long path to healthy sexual plurality, acceptance, and a decrease in acting out sexual frustrations.
On an unrelated note, I’m recovering from a bit of minor surgery, so I probably won’t be spending a lot of time writing, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated over the weekend with interesting articles from elsewhere in the blogosphere. With any luck, regular posting will resume early next week.
EDIT: Thanks to a reader for getting me a full text PDF. Here’s the most salient point in the review of existing studies on the rape/pornography correlation:
These investigators found that rapists were more likely than non-rapists in the prison population to having been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster. And such was by no means common among the rest of the prison population. In fact, the non-rapists had seen morepornography, and seen it at an earlier age. These investigators also found that what does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing (Goldstein & Kant, 1973). Green(1980) too reported that both rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males.