“Not all batterers got the idea of choking a woman from porn, but over 40 years of research shows a connection between viewing porn and violence against women. A recent meta-analysis of 22 studies between 1978 and 2014 from seven different countries concluded that pornography consumption is associated with an increased likelihood of committing acts of verbal or physical sexual aggression, regardless of age.”
The men I’ve known who are deeply involved with pornography are, without exception, disrespectful and dismissive towards women, have a near-sociopathic sense of sexual entitlement, are fundamentally emotionally brutal and – critically – do not know how to relate to, or really consider, women as human beings. In this era of anti-discrimination law, I remain astounded that this kind of material is not only freely available, but defended under the First Amendment. Billions of women are harmed not only in the making of such material, but as a result of the sexual and emotional violence it engenders in men.