And, according to Clemson professor Todd Kendall, the effects remain even after you control for all of the obvious confounding variables, such as alcohol consumption, police presence, poverty and unemployment rates, population density, and so forth. [emph. mine]
Thirdly, a very controversial element of rhetoric and academic research on rape concerns the question of whether rape is driven by sexual desire or not. Sociological and feminist scholarship over the last 25 years has typically treated rape as a crime of violence or “power”, not lust. Under this theory, therefore, consensual and masturbatory sex are not substitutable for rape. However, this view has been criticized by other scholars on empirical grounds (Ellis and Beattie, 1983), and through the arguments of evolutionary biology (Thornhill and Palmer, 2000). The findings of this paper are consistent with the possibility that at least some part of the cause for rape is sexual in nature, though the results could also be consistent with the “power” theory if viewing pornography on the internet satisfies cravings for power that otherwise would be acted out as rape. (p 5)
Ellis, L., and C. Beattie (1983) “The Feminist Explanation for Rape: An Empirical Test” Journal of Sex Research v. 19, pp. 74-93.
Thornhill, R., and C.T. Palmer (2000) A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
when people spend less time physically in the same room with each other, rapes decrease. The internet causes people to spend less time together, therefore the internet reduces rape
Maybe it's just that without as much rape, horny guys have to go online and look at porn! Did you ever think of that?
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