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The Social Costs of Pornography: A Consultation (2008)

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The Social Costs of Pornography: A Consultation presents the proceedings of an event held in Princeton, New Jersey, in December 2008. This consultation, organized by the Witherspoon Institute in conjunction with the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and The Social Trends Institute, assembled a group of leading experts in the fields of economics, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, sociology, journalism, and law to present a rigorously argued overview of the problem of pornography in our society and to offer constructive recommendations. In examining the real nature of pornography in light of its multifaceted consequences, The Social Costs of Pornography: A Consultation is the first multidisciplinary inquiry in the internet age of a subject that is critically important to the health and well-being of many Americans: the hidden but real social toll of the current consumption of pornography-especially internet pornography-on an unprecedented scale.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A critical societal problem May 29, 2011
By maryb
Bravo for the Witherspoon Institute's efforts in research and delivering this critical report on pornography. Every responsible American citizen should read this report. Our culture has embraced social tendencies that are dehumanizing in the name of tolerance and even humor. The Witherspoon Report on The Social Cost of Pornography is academic and highly credible (see signatories and their individual fields of expertise). May the blinders come off the eyes of this culture so we can face head on the truth of this scourge that destroys individuals and families. May we look in the face the brutality inflicted on victims who are drugged and forced into acting as willing participants of porn acts...most who are young children and women. God help this society come to its senses and turn away from the evil that truly is destroying us. Every person who has a notion to seek out porn or has it shoved in their face should turn away and refuse to support this dehumaizing industry!
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By Chappy
This is a fascinating collection of scholarly essays and articles by experts in a variety of disciplines, coming from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds. I think pornography is the "hinge" of many of our current domestic social problems: the breakdown of the family, high divorce rates, high rates of not marrying, sex addictions, cultural and social deprivation, social acceptance of sexual perversions, increase in child pornography, and the epidemic of sex trafficking and sex tourism. Sexuality, though private to an extent, is inherently "public" because sexuality is both relational and procreative - the only way a society creates and rears future generations.

"There is no public virtue without private virtue" and private virtue is essential for a democratic society because a democratic society requires its citizens to be self-governing and self-restraining: "The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." - John Adams "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams.

This book is a great research tool, as well. Very well done. The Witherspoon Institute is excellent.
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