". . . The silencing pornography
does is inextricably tied to what social science has documented are pornography's
'nonspeech' harms: its contribution to sexist attitudes, its encouragement
of rape myths, its sexualization of dominance, and its reduction of men's
inhibitions to rape."
--Michelle Anderson, in The Price
We Pay, 123.
- ". . . a number of studies reveal a causal relationship between
men's exposure to pornography and their insensitivity to women's speech.
One study by two Canadian psychologists attempted to gauge the impact of
viewing nonviolent pornography upon males' cognitive and behavioral sexism
toward women in a professional setting. . . The subjects who viewed the
pornography displayed an inattentiveness to the woman's speech and an overattentiveness
to her body...After viewing pornography only 4 percent of this group was
able to recall what the female speaker had said.
The results for the other participants were quite different--24
percent. . . in a professional setting, men
hear less of what women have to say after viewing pornography.
Other studies confirm that pornography
has the ability to de-legitimize women. [they]. . . view
women as significantly less than equal and. . . display less sympathy with
statements about sexual equality than they had before. Exposure to aggressive
pornography also inclines men to disbelieve survivors' allegations of rape,
and to believe instead rape myths, including the myth that women tend to
lie about sexual assault."
--Michelle Anderson, in
The Price We Pay, 125-26.