Stop Blaming Pornography

Maybe critics just want to control men's sexuality
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2010 1:47 PM CDT
Pornography is getting a bad rap, writes Helen Smith.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Helen Smith objects to an essay in the National Review (read it here) that blames pornography for destroying families, distorting men's view of women, increasing rapes, and generally ruining America. The anonymous author even blames porn for causing her husband to leave. Smith's not buying it.

For every porn-is-evil study, there's another saying the opposite. And maybe something else is at play, she suggests at Pajamas Media. "Does porn distort men’s attitudes as much as romance novels and Lifetime TV distort women’s? Maybe we should discuss the many social institutions that are giving women unrealistic expectations of men and a sense that they have the right to control men, and men’s sexuality, in their own interest."

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