WFC co-releases “Effects of Pornography” study

Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and Family Research Council released a new study today that comprehensively details the effects of pornography on marriages, children, communities and individual happiness.

The study, “The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community,” synthesizes all available research on the effects of pornography on families and communities.

Pornography distorts an individual’s concept of the nature of conjugal relations, which, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. It is a major threat to marriage, to family, to children and to individual happiness. In undermining marriage, it is one of the major factors in undermining social stability.

Social scientists, clinical psychologists, and biologists have begun to clarify some of the social and psychological effects, and neurologists are beginning to delineate the biological mechanisms through which pornography produces its powerful negative effects. Among the study’s findings:

  • Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity.
  • Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice and are upset by the difference.
  • Pornography engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which in turn leads to a greater risk of out-of-wedlock births and STDs, which in turn lead to still more weaknesses and debilities.
  • The presence of sexually oriented businesses significantly harms the surrounding community, leading to increases in crime and decreases in property values.
  • Child-sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be involved in its distribution.
  • Pornography eliminates the warmth of affectionate family life, which is the natural social nutrient for the growing child.

“Pornography addiction destroys the life of the addict, wreaks havoc on marriages, degrades women and children, destroys relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances, ruins livelihoods and destroys the intimacy designed for marriage. We know thousands of Wisconsin marriages and families have been ruined by this insidious industry. The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit alone reports almost 200 arrests involving Internet child pornography in an 18-month period. This is just one aspect of the pornography business in our state. There are no winners in this pernicious industry,” said Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Council.

Click here to view the study.

Click here to view the talking points.