The Instigator
Zepha
Con (against)
Tied
0 Points
The Contender
awr700
Pro (for)
Tied
0 Points

Should pornography be considered illegal?

Do you like this debate?NoYes+1
Add this debate to Google Add this debate to Delicious Add this debate to FaceBook Add this debate to Digg  
Post Voting Period
The voting period for this debate has ended.
after 0 votes the winner is...
It's a Tie!
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/18/2014 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 525 times Debate No: 65403
Debate Rounds (3)
Comments (0)
Votes (0)

 

Zepha

Con

The porn indusrty gives massive amounts of tax revenue in many states acroos the U.S. In California alone the porn industry generates over 36 million in taxes. This is very beneficial for states to have this extra source of income. Porn also helps keep the general populace content. The only possible downsides are that it can make people feel bad about themselves and that it promotes the physical side of sex more than the emotional.
awr700

Pro

Pornography should be considered illegal in the US. It promotes rape culture, particularly against young women, and degrades sex to something considered exclusively physical and power-hungry. While it may generate a lot of money in taxes, there are other, less obscene ways of gaining this money that are not as detrimental to a society (e.g. higher taxes on corporations or a lower military budget). Pornography is not necessary or positive, and if other sex professions such as prostitution are illegal porn should be as well.
Debate Round No. 1
Zepha

Con

While this is true, how likly is it that our Gov. will lower military spending, or raise income taxes? The porn industry can also be considered a way for "creative release", and has even been equated with "Liberal Arts". Now I don't agree that it is a liberal art but is it right to deny people thier right to express themselves? Making porn illegal could be constued as restricting the Freedom of Speech.
awr700

Pro

Restricting the right to film videos of two people having sex is not a violation of the first amendment. And while the probability of reduced military budgets is a liable debate, it is not pertinent to the topic at hand.

Allow me to share something with you:

"For many reasons, as we shall see, pornography is a very effective teacher of beliefs and behaviors, and one that also teaches its users that the behaviors are acceptable and stimulates them to do so"
Males who viewed sexual violence obtained higher scores both on scales measuring acceptance of interpersonal violence and the rape myth [the belief that women actually enjoy rape and suffer few negative consequences], when compared to males who viewed either a physically violent or neutral film. The increase in attitudes supporting sexual violence following exposure to pornography is greater if the pornography is violent than if it is non-violent.
A similar effect is seen even when the pornography is not violent. Males who are shown non-violent scenes that sexually objectified and degraded women and were then exposed to material that depicted rape indicated that the rape victim experienced pleasure and "got what she wanted."
Even women who were exposed to pornography as a child have a greater acceptance of the rape myth than those who were not. Those exposed to pornography recommend a sentence for a rapists that was half of that recommended by those who had been shown non-pornographic imagery. These subjects appear to have trivialized the crime of rape."
--Mary Anne Layden, PhD

Pornography instills in our youth a greater acceptance of rape and rapists. When impressionable teenagers are shown videos of women being heinously treated and apparently enjoying it, it's no wonder they would be more skeptical to the severity of rape on the psyche--after all, they had seen firsthand videos of women being "raped" and liking it. While there is nothing wrong with safe, consensual sex, pornography distorts what qualifies as consensual, contributing to people thinking it is okay to take advantage of people who are intoxicated or otherwise mentally obstructed, or perhaps thinking that someone who refuses their advances is just playing coy.
Debate Round No. 2
Zepha

Con

Zepha forfeited this round.
awr700

Pro

Pornography isn't just bad because it encourages sexual violence; it also ruins relationships.

You may have heard of something called the Coolidge effect. To explain it simply, when you do something pleasurable, dopamine, a feel-good hormone, is released. The more dopamine released, the better we feel, so we do the behavior that caused the release over and over again until we're desensitized to it. This desensitization is the Coolidge effect.

How is this relevant to pornography?

Men who watch porn eventually experience this Coolidge effect. Real women fail to satisfy, and people eventually look forward to pornography more than real sex. This can be extremely detrimental to relationships, as porn addicts begin to loose interest in their partner sexually, constantly comparing them and their performance to pornography. Porn desensitizes watchers to sex, reduces impulse control, and the dopamine creates dysfunctional stress circuits (contributing to the reason why addicts often relapse in tense situations). The Coolidge effect can also cause impotence.

Sources:
http://www.highexistence.com...
Debate Round No. 3
No comments have been posted on this debate.
No votes have been placed for this debate.