Is China’s Anti-Porn Rampage Wise Or Foolish

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China is on an anti-pornography raid.

The anti-pornography “Cleaning the Web 2014” campaign in April has seen the closure of over 100 websites and thousands of  (3,300 to be precise) social media accounts with pornographic or lewd content.

The campaign, which was initiated by the Central Propaganda Department (CPD), serves as a response to the spread in pornography in China, which is illegal.

Why?

“Disseminating pornographic information online severely harms the physical and mental health of minors, and seriously corrupts social ethos,” stated the news agency Xinhua, quoting the State Internet Information Office.

 

China may be on to something here.InEffects of Prolonged Consumption of Pornography, the last word was that regular exposure to pornographic material triggers certain negative sociological effects. This includes a diminished value for long-term, monogamous relationships, and an accentuated libido which increases the instance of sexual violence. 

Of the large body of research that exists on the subject, most studies have found pornography harmless.

A recent examination by Ferguson and Hartley (2009) argues that "it is time to discard the hypothesis that pornography contributes to increased sexual assault behavior “. They conclude that controlled studies have been unable to establish links between pornography and sexual violence.

However, a 1970, a Danish report found that the legalizing of pornography in Denmark did not increase  sex crimes. In fact, further research found that child sex abuse cases dropped markedly after the ban on sexually explicit materials was lifted in 1989.