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Pornography has fascinated and divided researchers, policymakers, and the public for years. Does it have harmful effects on individuals? What effects in particular? Does pornography influence everyone or just some people? How should society deal with the results of this influence? In Pornography, Linz and Malamuth sort through these and other questions by placing their topic within the broader context of fundamental human nature theories. Their approach reveals a systematic interweaving of social science, morality, and law through three different perspectives: conservative-moralistic, liberal, and feminist. The fifth volume in the innovative Communication Concepts series, this book is an invaluable addition to current research on pornography and obscenity. Students and professionals in communication studies as well as research methods and the social sciences in general will find Pornography to be an illuminating and compelling study.

Obscenity, Sexual Arousal, and Societal Decay: The Conservative-Moralist Theory and Empirical Research
Obscenity, sexual arousal, and societal decay: The conservative-moralist theory and empirical research

From our discussion of the definition of obscenity, and the moral conservative normative theory that is implied by this definition, we may describe the components of this theory as follows: (a) to many people, explicit, public portrayals of sex are disgusting and offensive; (b) displays of sex are arousing, and this arousal, outside of monogamous relationships, may undermine these relationships; (c) by overemphasizing sexual gratification and sexual permissiveness, pornography can cause its consumers to behave in ways that undermine other traditional moral judgments about women and sex; (d) ultimately, society in general, and specific societal structures such as the family, may decay ...

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