Institutions Such as Public Libraries and Schools Act as Arbiters of Propriety by What Is Purchased,Provided, and Promoted to Children.
Local Government has a sacred duty to protect and defend the minds of youth to promote the
next generation of healthy families. But many agendas are combining to exploit children for
profit, political power and promiscuity.
Generation X has been replaced by Generation XXX.
Institutions such as public libraries and schools act as arbiters of propriety by what is purchased,
provided, and promoted to children. Small decisions such as purchasing and placing books can
have huge effects on vulnerable kids. And those who want to profit from the sexual exploitation
of minors, know the power of these decisions.
But you can protect children from these harms.
Research on youth (up to age 18) shows:
1. Reid and colleagues (2011) defined pornography as material that creates or elicits sexual
feelings or thoughts and contains explicit images or descriptions of sexual acts involving
the genitals (e.g., vaginal or anal intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, etc.).
2. Children and adolescents are widely considered the most vulnerable audiences to
sexually explicit material because of their developing brains. Just as early cigarette
smoking creates lifetime addiction, so early exposure to sexually explicit material can
distort a child’s mind for a lifetime.
3. The more frequently an adolescent is exposed to sexually explicit material, the greater
their sexually permissive attitudes. Research also suggested that adolescents who were
more frequently exposed to sexually explicit material had their first experience of sexual
intercourse at an earlier age than adolescents who were not frequently exposed.
4. Even less-explicit, non-violent pornography promotes unhealthy sexual attitudes and
behaviors, by encouraging males to view females simply in terms of sexual potential, not
as entire beings worthy of mutual respect and regard.
5. Pornography is often sought in the formation of sexual identity, facilitating early sexual
6. Higher acceptance of pornography is associated with increased alcohol usage.
7. Even non-violent pornography exposure is associated with sexual preoccupancy defined
as “a strong cognitive engagement in sexual issues, sometimes at the exclusion of other
8. Childhood exposure to sexually explicit material may contribute “to antagonistic and
psychopathic attitudes, likely the depiction of distorted views of human sexuality and
glorification of promiscuity.”
9. Predators and pedophiles use sexually explicit material to break-down the inhibitions of
children who are their targets.
10. Sexual socialization theory suggests frequent exposure to consistent themes about gender
and sexual behavior can affect a young person’s developing sense of what is expected
sexually for men and women and may also affect later behavior.
11. Having been exposed to pornography and perceiving pornography as realistic were
associated with increased sexual aggression risk.
12. Studies suggest that youth who consume pornography may develop unrealistic sexual
values and beliefs. Among the findings, higher levels of permissive sexual attitudes,
sexual preoccupation, and earlier sexual experimentation have been correlated with more
frequent consumption of pornography.
13. Higher risk adolescent males are “more likely to be exposed to such media but when they
are exposed, they are likely to be changed by such exposure, such as changes in attitudes
about the acceptance of violence against women.”
14. Youth who reported exposure to pornographic materials were 6.5 times more likely to
report sexually aggressive behavior. Youth who reported exposure to nonviolent material
were more than three times as likely to report sexually aggressive behavior, while youth
who reported exposure to violent material were 24 times more likely to report sexually
The results are clear. Media influences attitudes and behaviors.
Joan R. Landes, MA, CMHC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
License #8542770-6004 UT
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