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Research on Pornography and the Sexualization of Culture

June 9, 2012

Kevin MacDonald

Lasha Darkmoon’s current TOO article provides  case studies illustrating the sexual deviance of some of the main  promoters of pornography. The question here is whether the availability  of pornography is bad for Han or, indeed, for any group.

Historically, explicit sexuality was a taboo in all Western  societies. Growing up Catholic in the 1950s, one was aware that sexually  explicit material was far underground and that it was eminently  disreputable. Implicitly and perhaps explicitly in some circles,  pornography was seen as incompatible with the social utility of creating  social supports for marriage based on love and affection between  partners; marriage thus conceived encourages fertility and provides an  ideal environment for children.

Implicitly at least, there was a recognition that sex is a strong  biological urge, an attitude that no evolutionary psychologist would  question. The basic findings of research on pornography fit well with  the evolutionary theory of sex: males are naturally more attracted to  pornography than females because males benefit from relatively  indiscriminate mating, multiple mates, and depersonalized and even  coercive sexual encounters.

Females, on the other hand, are expected to place a greater value on  relationships of intimacy and love as signals of male investment in them  and their children. Females generally suffer huge costs from  indiscriminate mating and from sexual coercion (no paternal investment;  bad genes). Because of the demands of pregnancy and lactation, they do  not benefit from multiple mates with the result that polyandry is  vanishingly rare in human societies.

Pornography thus fundamentally plugs into male fantasies that are  quite incompatible with monogamous relationships based on love and  affection toward wives and children. It is thus not surprising that  societies generally have had strong social controls on sexuality that  channeled male sexuality into family and children.

Western social mores were a prime target of psychoanalysis—the topic of a chapter in The Culture of Critique  and touched on in Darkmoon’s article. In the West, the controls were  embedded in Christianity of all stripes and thus seen as part of the  alien, evil culture to be overcome by intellectually and morally  superior psychopathic elites.

The crusade against Western controls on sexuality broke through with  the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Since then, all of the markers of  family stability have headed south — including divorce rates,  single  parenting, and births out of wedlock for all races and ethnic groups.  (Nevertheless, there are very large differences between races and ethnic  groups in conformity with Rushton’s lifespan theory of race  differences.)

Traditional sexual mores were overturned virtually overnight,  and  the legalization and proliferation of pornography was a rather direct  consequence of this revolution.

The centrality of psychoanalysis among leftist intellectuals of the  period leading up to the cultural revolution of the 1960s has meant that  the attack on Western sexual mores has been centered on the left,  despite a fairly strong (and sensible)  opposition to porn among some feminists. The very prominent role of psychopathic elites in producing pornography is well-established (see here; see also below).

There is now substantial research showing that people who consume  porn are indeed inclined to attitudes and behavior incompatible with  strong family relationships based on affection and care for children.  Frequent consumption of pornography is associated with:

  • sexually aggressive behavior toward women, particularly for men who  are prone to sexual aggression and particularly for the use of violent  pornography (see, e.g., here, here, here, here).  Men who are sexually aggressive—men like Thomas Schiro and Ted Bundy  who are mentioned in Darkmoon’s article— may well process sexually  violent pornography differently from non-aggressive men. For these men,  pornography likely results in fantasies that they are only too likely to  act out;
  • reports by sex offenders that they were influenced to sexually offend as a result of viewing pornography (here);
  • non-sexual delinquency, e.g., felony assault and theft, drug and alcohol use among teenagers (here);
  • callousness (lack of affection and concern for partner) (here) and suppression of intimacy (here) among teenagers;
  • sexual harassment (here) among teenagers;
  • attitudes supporting violence against women, especially if  the pornography is violent (here);
  • attitudes among young adults that sex is recreational (here)—attitudes likely to lead to less involvement with marriage and children and thus lower fertility
  • engagement in more casual sex, less relationship satisfaction, and copying the types of behaviors they see in the porn (see here).
  • multiple sex partners, using drugs or alcohol during sex (suggesting  recreational sex), and anal intercourse (presumably the result of  imitation of porn scenes) among teenagers who use Internet porn  sites (see here).

There is thus not any reasonable doubt that extensive use of  pornography is associated with a number of socially undesirable  attitudes and behaviors. There remains a legitimate debate on the  importance of self-selection factors: People with certain traits (in  particular aggression, callousness and low intelligence) are more likely  to seek out pornography and are more likely to be influenced by its  images and messages (A. F. Bogaert, “Personality, Individual Differences, and Preferences for the Sexual Media”; Archives of Sexual Behavior, 30, 29–53,  2001). Think of it this way, if one already tends toward callousness  and aggression, it is not surprising that images of brutal, coercive sex  would be appealing and sought after.

This does not mean that pornography has no independent effect, as  indicated, for example, by self-reports of sex offenders themselves and  by reports that teenagers imitate what they see in pornography.  According to the cognitive/social learning model used by most  researchers, the effects of different types of pornography would be to  strengthen brain networks linking sexuality with violence; pornography  may also strengthen brain networks linking sexuality with beliefs that  females enjoy rape and sexual promiscuity (e.g., Drew A. Kingston et  al., 2009, “The Importance of Individual Differences in Pornography Use:  Theoretical Perspectives and Implications for Treating Sexual  Offenders”; Journal of Sex Research, 46, 216–232).

From an evolutionary psychology perspective, pornography feeds into  and activates systems related to sexual gratification and, in some types  of pornography, aggression; activation of these systems inhibits  systems underlying affection and concern for partner’s well-being. The  long term effect, especially among teenagers whose brains are still  developing, would be to strengthen systems related to depersonalized  sexuality (including coercive sexuality) and to weaken systems related  to affection and love. The ready availability of Internet pornography is  thus likely be have very large negative consequences for teenagers.

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This post was edited by Vanadinite at 2012-6-27 18:34

Embedded Sexual Content

Besides pornography, there has been considerable research on  “embedded sexual content” in popular movies, television shows, and music  videos, especially on teenagers. This content is not pornographic, but  it has positive depictions of teenage sex as normal and “cool.” Sumner  Redstone’s MTV comes to mind as an egregious example of promoting  teenage sexuality.  

Content analyses have generally shown dramatic increases  in sexual content in the last 2 decades in popular media (e.g.,  television, movies), with only a small fraction emphasizing any risks or  advantages of birth control or abstinence (Kingston et al, 2009, Ibid.).

Such embedded sexual content in media like MTV videos or TV shows like Two and a Half Men (produced  by Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn) is likely to be at least as damaging  as pornography because it is an aspect of the mainstream media and hence  is very  likely to be socially acceptable. Teenagers are very prone to  conforming to media images of what is socially acceptable, especially  among their peers, so it is not surprising that the data show that  teenagers feel pressure to be sexually active. The predominance of psychopathic elites  in mainstream television and movies is a repeated theme of TOO, especially in the work of Edmund Connelly (see also here, p. 48 ff).  

The review by Kingston et al. notes the following:

  • Teenagers report that “such media exerts considerable pressure on them to become sexually active.”
  • The more teenagers watch media with sexual content, the more likely they are to be sexually active.
  • “Greater exposure to sexually oriented media genres [e.g., soap  operas, music videos] is associated with adolescent perceptions that  ‘everybody is doing it,’ referring not only to perceptions about sex,  but also affairs, abortions, divorce, and having children out of  wedlock.”
  • “Participants [in lab experiments] exposed to highly sexual media  genres become more accepting of casual and stereotypical attitudes about  sex and relationships, and that their real-world perceptions come to  reflect such media exposure. For example, students exposed to particular  types of music videos are subsequently more accepting of sexual  harassment than are students exposed to neutral media content.”
  • For both sexes, frequent viewing of sexually charged television  (e.g., music videos) is associated with more sexual experience and more  sexual partners.

As in the case of pornography, the effect of the sexualization of the  media culture is likely to affect some children more than others  depending on traits like IQ and personality traits like impulse control.  Quite a few people have trouble controlling pleasure seeking,  especially during adolescence when there is a developmental gap between  the relatively immature control centers and the more fully developed  pleasure centers; the data show that ability to control these desires is  influenced genetically.

A well-known study in behavior genetics shows that the heritability  of age of first sexual intercourse increased dramatically after the  sexual revolution of the 1960s. In other words, after the social  supports for traditional sexuality disappeared as a result of the  onslaught of the intellectual movements discussed in The Culture of Critique,  genetic influences became more important. Before the sexual revolution,  traditional sexual mores applied to everyone, and pretty much everyone  lived by them. In my high school, it was unheard of to be having sex  and, needless to say, there were no pregnancies. It really didn’t matter  what side of the Bell Curve you were on. The rules applied to everyone.

After the revolution, genes mattered more. People with higher IQ were  able to produce stable families and marriages, but lower-IQ people were  less prone to doing so, and these trends have been exacerbated by  economic conditions that have fallen disproportionately on the White  working class (exporting jobs, affirmative action, massive non-White  immigration, destruction of unions in the private sector). The result  has been an ever increasing gap between the White working class and  well-educated Whites in terms of marriage, out-of-wedlock births,  single-parenting and divorce noted in books like Charles Murray’s Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 (see Roger Devlin’s TOQ review), and Red Families v. Blue Families,  by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. (Murray ignores the ethnic origins of  the cultural shift producing these disparities; Cahn and Carbone make an  outrageous attempt to put a liberal spin on the disparities.)

A theme of Chapter 4 of The Culture of Critiqueis  that the psychoanalytic assault on traditional Western sexual culture  as well as the assault on Christian religious belief (which had a major  role in supporting traditional Western sexual culture) had a disparate  impact on different IQ groups and benefited psychopathic elites.

The chapter (especially  the conclusion) provides an academic version of the ideas presented  here, especially the greater importance of social controls and  traditional religious beliefs for people on the left side of the Bell  Curve.

The take-home message is that the sexualization of culture must be  seen as an aspect of conflicts of interest over the construction of  culture with huge negative effects for White Americans. As noted elsewhere,
the whole point of The Culture of Critiqueis that human evolution is now being fought out in the realmofideas and  that the psychopathic intellectual movements of the left—particularly the  promotion of the ideals of cultural pluralism (now called  “multiculturalism”), the decline of evolutionary thinking in the social  sciences, and the general loss of cultural confidence by the West—have  been major components of the huge unfolding evolutionary disaster for  Europeans.
I left out the sexualization of Western culture in this list. Quite  clearly, the sexualization of Western culture should be included as a  very major component of the psychopathic elite assault on Western peoples and their  culture.

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China is also becoming very sexualized: China is looking more and more like Africa.

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The article is from a renowned white supremacist website, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Apparently the Jewish people are responsible for all the ills of the world. What absolute racist drivel.

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This is the best article I've ever read on how white elites are trying to use sexuality to defeat China.

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This is why there should not be any white people in the world: they are evil and wish harm to everyone.  I still shed tears whenever I think about the Holocaust.

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Chegsyboy Post time: 2012-6-28 15:26
The article is from a renowned white supremacist website, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Apparent ...

White supremacists

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