In a Unicef paper on children and pornography, Digital Age Assurance Tools and Children's Rights Online across the Globe one can read this puzzling passage:
"Does the evidence justify age limits? -with regard to viewing pornographic content online, ed. As discussed earlier, this evidence is inconsistent and currently there is no universal agreement on the nature and extent of harm caused to children by viewing content classified as pornographic.... Most of the children who have seen pornographic images were neither upset nor happy".
The truth is that The impact of widespread and accessible pornography is a very serious issue that has already been the subject of studies and research: how can its impact on girls and children be minimised? And all the more reason for Unicef to do so?
Porn has become part of the ordinariness of many. One often comes across reels (short videos) of young girls boasting about their use of porn as much as boys and 'mocking' those who do not use it as much as they do.
What is the impact pornography can have on the viewer? Is it really just entertainment and fantasies to facilitate and 'enrich' masturbation, as defined by an increasing number of men, women and teenagers?
The answer is no. Scientific studies, research and statistics prove gnegative effects multiple and alarming that pornography has on the psyche, sex life, love life and life in general of those who use it.
Jennings Bryant and Dolf Zillman, University of Alabama, have been studying the effects of pornography for 30 years, and have found that all serious and reliable research on pornography has been conducted in the past. show no possible benefit from porn consumption. On the contrary, Studies and research show that the use of porn has negative effects not only on those who use it, but also on those close to the users, especially partners.
A study conducted in 2012 by Amanda Maddox and his team concluded that individuals who did not use sexually explicit material reported a better quality of relationship than those who did.
A clear idea of how porn has a negative impact on the brain of its users is given by Gary Wilson with his book Your brain on pornwhere he explains in detail how the use of pornography leads to users being desensitised to real stimuli and real partners. In short, the more you use pornography, the less interested you will be in having sex with your real-life partner. Therefore, watching porn equals less sex.
Not surprisingly, a growing number of studies show a correlation between pornography use and erectile dysfunctiona rare phenomenon among teenagers and young adults before the advent of internet pornography. See the website www.yourbrainonporn.com. In recent years there has been a growing increased awareness of the harm caused by the use of pornography -in Italy, the rare criticism of porn is generally linked to religious positions, as in the case of Pornotoxinmovement created by Antonio Morra.
Very interesting work by Fight the New Drug -see here- movement that originated in America and now has more than 4 million adherents worldwide. Not-for-profit, unrelated to religion, the movement is based on scientific evidence and studies that prove damage to the brain, relationships and life of pornography users.
Another issue on which Fight the New Drug works is the Exploitation of porn actresses, who are seldom really consenting and are often forced to shoot scenes not previously agreed upon under blackmail and threats from directors and producers. Many former porn stars have spoken about how their lives in the porn industry were marked by coercion, blackmail, violence and abuse.
An important testimony provided by theformer porn star Shelley LubbenThat's right, none of us newly dyed blondes (referring to the other porn actresses), like doing porn. In fact, we hate it. We hate being touched by strangers who don't give a damn about us, we hate be degraded with their bad smells and sweaty bodies, some porn stars hate it so much that you can hear them vomiting in the bathroom between scenes". This and other statements by Lubben against the world of pornography in her book The truth behind the fantasy of porn: The greatest illusion on earth (The truth about the world of porn: the greatest illusion on earth).
Shelley Lubben in 2008 founded the Pink Cross foundationassociation, which worked to make people aware of the dangerous aspects of the pornographic industry and to offer support for porn actresses and actors to get out of the industry. Thanks to the Pink Cross Foundation many actresses were able to leave. Lubben spoke about the consequences of porn in public forums, explaining its negative physical, mental and emotional effects. She also told of how she and all porn actresses and actors were sent to a fraudulent sham clinic, where a 'doctor' with no qualifications falsifying compulsory tests to conceal any sexually transmitted diseasesendemic in the American pornographic industry. Lubben herself was the victim: due to the lack of protection in the pornographic industry, she contracted herpes, which caused deformities all over her body and face, and HPV, which led to cervical cancer for which she had to undergo a delicate and invasive operation.
Sadly, Lubben was not able to leave behind the demons of her past, such as the traumatic rapes she suffered as a child and her drug addiction: it was perhaps this addiction that killed her on 9 February 2019. Despite this, her commitment against the porn industryHis testimonies and organisation helped porn actors and actresses get out of this terrible industry. The causes of his death have never been fully clarified, three years earlier he had told the California newspaper, the Porterville Recorder: "I'm the most hated woman in America by the porn industry, it's amazing I'm still alive. and they haven't killed me yet. I've done everything to trample this industry." Did the pornographic industry really have something to do with her death? What is certain is that many have tried to to make his anti-porn activism look bad by exploiting his frailties and drug addiction.
Another important testimony is that of Jessie RogersRogers was lured by an agent who initially told her that he was looking for models and only later told her that the job involved porn. Rogers was under the age of 18 at the time, had entered the porn industry at the end of 2011 and left it in 2012, after being subjected to countless rapes. After officially announcing her retirement from the porn scene in early 2013, she joined anti-porn organisations and began detailing her negative experience in that environment.
"I have been molested by the pastor of my church when I was twelve and raped by an older man when I was fifteen. The stories of all the porn stars I met were similar: difficult pasts and negative experiences. All the porn stars and others, even male actors and agents were talking and fantasising about leaving this world and changing their lives. In particular, my roommate and I, who is also in the porn industry, used to talk all the time about quitting porn, it was a regular topic when we went out, now she's retired too, she's engaged and about to have a baby. All porn stars do something during their scenes. Whether it's weed, painkillers, ecstasy, cocaine, whatever. That's why, when people watch the videos, they think that the actresses are having a good time during the scenes, they are actually dissociated from reality, they don't want to be there. When I did my last scene I had already told my agent that I wanted to leave porn and I asked him not to commission me to do any more scenes but to finish the ones I had already planned. So I did this scene that was already planned. During this last scene I worked with another woman, also quite well known in the industry, in this scene she had to penetrate me with her sex-toy which was glass, rough and really huge, I thought she would be careful, but she used it against me with all her strength and violence. I did not allow this to go on for long because it was extremely painful, so I screamed, turned around and the bed was completely covered in blood. So I started screaming, freaking out and went running to the bathroom to clean myself up, while I kept bleeding and bleeding for days actually. A few days later I received a message from my agent asking me to finish the scene, I was upset as I was still bleeding and it would take me at least two weeks to heal. At that moment I really realised that the producers don't care about the actresses and they don't even see us as human beings and that's really absurd..
In the summer of 2019, the former pornographic actress Mia Khalifa made some very similar revelations that stunned everyone. She declared that she had been lured by an agent who pretended to look for models. Mia Khalifa stated that entering the world of porn has never been a conscious choice and that most actresses are lured into the industry when they are at their most vulnerable. The former actress concluded by saying openly that she had always hated doing porn and that during the scenes she would go into a state of blackout.
These testimonies are only a few in a long series, hundreds of pages would not be enough to mention them all, and they are all still bloody the same. Women who speak of difficult pasts, of abuse that made them more vulnerable and manipulable by unscrupulous producers and pornographic agents; who speak of constant threats aimed at getting scenes they did not want to shootwho, with the promise of a modeling job, find themselves stuck in unwanted contracts with the usual phrases: 'we won't refund your travel money if you don't do this scene'.
It is not a question of consent. Under these conditions one cannot speak of free choice.
One only has to look at evening and pre-evening TV programmes to realise how pornography has a major influence on all sectors of society. Programmes such as 'Avanti un altro', 'Ciao Darwin' and many others, which sadly use women as sexual objects and as bait for audience ratings, demonstrate how the so-called 'I'm a woman' can be used as a sex object. pornified culturand is a sad reality.
One should never think that a simple click on porn sites is a harmless act, because 'everybody does it', 'nobody sees me watching porn'. These are justifications that we use with others and with ourselves in an attempt to feel less guilty about a habit that has negative consequences for consumers and indirectly contributes to the trafficking, exploitation, ill-treatment and reification of too many women and girls, often minors.