I would like to do some research on pornography, not for a formal project or work, but for personal knowledge that will equip me for discussions with persons who have liberal opinions on matters of sexual ethics, especially among those who are non-Catholics.
I believe that such persons will be more open to the truth about human sexuality and its authentic expression if they are first presented with documented, objective, scientific and statistical data about the ruinous effects of pornography on society.
However, I wanted to inquire from any CAF members who are already fairly knowledgeable about pornography from a sociological perspective, for recommended educational sites and studies.
I have hesitated to Google things yet, because first I am wary of what the search results will display; it's not that I cannot resist pornographic content, by the grace of God I can as my return to the Church and the Sacraments produced the good fruit of pornography not being a temptation for me and I recoil at obscene material, but it's that I simply do not want to see anything inadvertently because pornographic images permanently stamp themselves onto the mind. I have enough unwanted memories due to poor and sinful selections of movies, books, music, etc in my past that grieve me and spontaneous images that come to me; I do not need anymore. The other reason is that I have scruples.
So ... that brings me to my next point:
Any recommendations on how to articulate my inquiries on the Google search bar so as to generate good, informational sites?
The four topics that I am particularly interested in is:
- The pyschological and neurochemical changes produced by both initial exposure and continued, habitual exposure to pornography
- The relationship between the viewing of pornography and sexual abuse
- The relationship between the viewing of pornography and marital health
- The relationship between adult pornography, child, pornography, and pornographic bestiality ( is that what it is called?)
I would like to explain that last topic interest:
I have a hypothesis: With the exception of cases involving pedophiles -- who have an exclusive or deep-seated attraction to pre-pubescent children -- I suspect that most persons who presently, or have in the past, willingly requested, obtained, or viewed child pornography, have done so *after *consenting to the same for adult pornography.
In other words, I am hypothesizing that adult pornography is a stepping stone for child pornography; this is not to be construed as me saying that all persons who view adult pornography will move onto viewing child pornography, but rather, that almost everyone who views child pornography begin by watching adult pornography.
I hypothesize the same as true of the viewing of pornographic content that involves animals.
I think pornography induces an expansion of sexual fantasies and disordered sexual ingenuity; it may begin with viewing naked bodies to satisfy one's lust, then perhaps the viewing of a solitary act of masturbation or natural sex between a man and a woman, then unnatural sexual performances between a man and woman (an alternative to coitus), then a sexual act involving 3 or more persons, homosexual acts, and so forth.
In short, I think it progresses from bad to worse -- to increasingly perverse content as the brain exhausts its satisfaction with one category of content, it desires something "different", "new" and "exciting", and becomes desensitized to boundries.
Finally, is there any other type of pornography than the three listed above that I am not aware of?