at least so says University of Rochester economics professor Steven E Landsburg (who has a regular column in slate). i'd love to see the study he's no doubt discussing, but this is, i'd wager, enough to start a row.
The bottom line on these experiments is, "More Net access, less rape." A 10 percent increase in Net access yields about a 7.3 percent decrease in reported rapes. States that adopted the Internet quickly saw the biggest declines. And, according to Clemson professor Todd Kendall, the effects remain even after you control for all of the obvious confounding variables, such as alcohol consumption, police presence, poverty and unemployment rates, population density, and so forth.
also, apparently violent movies reduce violent crime.
Next, violence. What happens when a particularly violent movie is released? Answer: Violent crime rates fall. Instantly. Here again, we have a lot of natural experiments: The number of violent movie releases changes a lot from week to week. One weekend, 12 million people watch Hannibal, and another weekend, 12 million watch Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
University of California professors Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna compared what happens on those weekends. The bottom line: More violence on the screen means less violence in the streets. Probably that's because violent criminals prefer violent movies, and as long as they're at the movies, they're not out causing mischief. They'd rather see Hannibal than rob you, but they'd rather rob you than sit through Wallace & Gromit.
Hmmm. Interesting study, for sure. And not, I think, all that surprising - I don't think anyone has ever established a link between looking at porn and any increase in rape. Such a link has been asserted often enough, even back in my youth, but never shown to actually exist.
I never was the rapist type, myself: I'd let porn and/or wanking substitute for even getting up the courage to ask a girl for a date when I was a young pup.
i think that's the important point here. people make all kinds of assertions about "unseemly" things causing social evils. very few of these are ever demonstrated at all. yet they persist.
i don't really understand how it all works out. but i'm looking forward to reading these. after i get done reading about the sex lives of pakistani muslim women and population problems in india and china. and of course more genocide. why do i do this to myself?
i personally prefer to keep my rape consensual and my handcuffs fuzzy.
one thing I've observed is that in countries where pornography is easily available, sex crime is a lot lower.
If you go to countries like Greece or Italy where you can go and buy porn at your neighbourhood kiosk with the same ease that you can buy cigarettes or newspapers, you'll notice that sex attacks are very low compared to countries where there is high regulation and limited availability of porn (like the UK).
I suppose it makes perfect sense : why go and attack someone when you can get your kicks in a much easier, safer and more comfortable way at home ?
"In life, you have to face that some days you'll be the bug and some days you'll be the windscreen."
Assuming the correlation you describe is correct, I'd be very hesitant to ascribe any causative relationship, as you implicitly do. It seems quite plausible to me that there is a more open attitude generally in those countries about sexuality, and that more open attitude explains the greater accessibility of pornography and the lower rate of sex crimes.
I'm not saying that this is the case, I'm simply saying it's not self-evident that more openness toward pornography in general causes a lower sex crime rate.
Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin
The causative sequence here is quite evident. As soon as would-be rapists get their internet account set up they are bombarded by adds for priapic potentiation pills. There is not a reduction in rape, but merely a postponement as these miscreants wait for the palliatives they purchased to take effect. Fortunately, it appears to be a long delay.
quote:University of California professors Gordon Dahl and Stefano DellaVigna compared what happens on those weekends. The bottom line: More violence on the screen means less violence in the streets. Probably that's because violent criminals prefer violent movies, and as long as they're at the movies, they're not out causing mischief. They'd rather see Hannibal than rob you, but they'd rather rob you than sit through Wallace & Gromit.
For the hour and a half that the film airs, perhaps.