Pornography is an ugly topic, but a necessary one, as our culture is becoming saturated with sexuality. Statistics on an industry which is hard to define, partly underground and widely criticised are seldom reliable. However, in his article today on MercatorNet, paediatrician David Perry estimates that the US market in 2012 was US$8 billion, about as big as the bottled water market, albeit not as pure.
Dollar values fail to convey the impact of pornography on personal and social life. The internet is awash with free stuff, so much that Playboy, once the flagship of the industry, is losing money. Why buy a magazine when you watch it on YouTube? As Playboy’s CEO told the New York Times recently, “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
That’s why parents, especially, need to be firmly convinced that pornography is terribly destructive, not just tasteless. Dr Perry’s article offers comprehensively documented proof of its harms. Read it below.
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