You have every right to decide what is right for you, and write an opinion piece about your beliefs.

But It is irresponsible and intellectually dishonest to cherry pick data to fit your opinion, while using non-experts’ opinions to dismiss the scientific data that doesn’t support your opinion.

#1: You chose to base your “scientific” argument on claims made by Fight the New Drug, but their findings are far from “overwhelming.”

Did you even look at their evidence or you simply cite the group because their mission statement fit nicely with your opinion?

I took the time to examine one of their claims: “The evidence that porn can harm relationships and partners is overwhelming. [3]

There were eight studies to back up their claim of “overwhelming” scientific evidence, were overwhelmingly conducted in the United States.

Here’s a breakdown of the studies cited:

To summarize:

That’s not exactly the definition of “overwhelming scientific evidence.”

#2: You point to a 2015 meta-analysis from 7 countries that demonstrate porn consumption is linked to both verbal and sexual aggression.

Since you wanted to bring up sexual aggression, here is a list of rape statistics by country.

Japan, Canada, India, Turkey, Hong Kong have some of the world’s lowest rates of rape, and yet prostitution is either legal or readily available, while people can still use the internet to watch porn.

Pornography is readily available and prostitution is basically legal all over Europe except France, and every country except Sweden has a lower rate of rape than the U.S., with most of them being 3 to 10 times lower.

Do these countries fall into your

How do we explain these differences?

When does correlation actually mean causation?

#3: Your point about porn training men to objectify women basically ignores all recorded history.

150 years ago, wives were the property of their husbands. Are you seriously suggesting that women were not objectified back then because there was no porn?

How about the idea that things used to be better for women when men were reading Playboy?

If you want answers, talk to your grandmother. Or watch Mad Men.

Society is far closer to giving women equal opportunity in their choice of careers, salary level and ability to push back against sexual harassment than it was even 20 years ago.

These kinds of articles that claim to be researched-based misinform people and do a tremendous disservice to the conversations that need to be had between men and women.

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