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In the September issue of The Forerunner Vol X No VI we examined the relationship between pornography and violent crime in an article entitled Mass Murder and Pornography - Are They Related Since the publication of the September issue we have received a number of responses challenging the claim that pornography and violent crime are related These responses implored us to use real honest and acceptable facts in defending this position As a follow up to the many questions generated by this article we have decided to give a more complete overview of the research that has been done in this areaDefenders of pornography argue that it is not harmful and thus should not be regulated or banned Citing the 1970 Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography they conclude that there is no relationship between exposure to erotic material and subsequent behavior But two subsequent decades of research based on the increased production of more explicit and violent forms of pornography has shown the profound effects pornography can have on human behaviorPsychologist Edward Donnerstein University of Wisconsin found that brief exposure to violent forms of pornography can lead to anti-social attitudes and behavior Male viewers tend to be more aggressive towards women less responsive to pain and suffering of rape victims and more willing to accept various myths about rape1 Dr Dolf Zimmerman and Dr Jennings Bryant showed that continued exposure to pornography had serious adverse effects on beliefs about sexuality in general and on attitudes toward women in particular They also found that pornography desensitizes people to rape as a criminal offense2 These researchers also found that massive exposure to pornography encourages a desire for increasingly deviant materials which involve violence like sadomasochism and rape3 Feminist author Diana Russell notes in her book Rape and Marriage the correlation between deviant behavior including abuse and pornography She also found that pornography leads men and women to experience conflict suffering and sexual dissatisfaction4Researcher Victor Cline
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