Study says pornography damages mind, body, heart

by | Dec. 09, 2009

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A recently released study of pornography cites its damaging effects on mind, body and heart.

Titled "The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community," the study was authored by Patrick F. Fagan, a Family Research Council senior fellow and director of its Center for Research on Marriage and Religion.

"Pornography is a visual representation of sexuality which distorts an individual's concept of the nature of conjugal relations," wrote Fagan. "This, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. It is a major threat to marriage, to family, to children and to individual happiness. In undermining marriage, it is one of the factors in undermining social stability."

The former deputy assistant secretary for family and community policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President George H.W. Bush's administration, Fagan was also a former senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

His 28-page study and two-page executive summary were released locally by the Sutherland Institute in conjunction with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

As for effects on the mind, "pornography significantly distorts attitudes and perceptions about the nature of sexual intercourse," Fagan wrote. "Men who habitually look at pornography have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexual behaviors, sexual aggression, promiscuity and even rape."

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