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[liberationtech] Iceland leading the way towards a ban on violent online porn

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Mon Feb 18 04:25:08 PST 2013

On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM, elham gheytanchi <elhamucla at> wrote:
> Another, however, by Dr Tim Jones, a psychologist at Worcester University,
> concluded: "The internet is fuelling more extreme fantasies and the danger
> is that they could be played out in real life."

Too funny to pass by: “This case study of a convicted pedophile
("James") in England focuses on the links between his "thinking and
doing," i.e., the interaction of his fantasy life, his use of the
Internet, and his contact offenses against children.” That's some
impressive conclusion from a single case study — social sciences never
cease to surprise.

> Iceland's move has been welcomed by Dr Gail Dines, a professor of
> sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and the author of Pornland: How Porn
> has Hijacked Our Sexuality. "Of course internet porn is damaging," she said.
> "We have years of empirical evidence. It's like global warming – you will
> always find some global warming deniers out there who can quote some little
> piece of research they have found somewhere, some science junk, but the
> consensus is there.

Somehow I doubt this sociology professor understands what empirical
evidence is. Her Wikipedia summary certainly suggests that she

> "We are not saying you see porn and go out and rape, but we are saying it
> shifts the way people think about sexual relationships, about intimacy,
> about women. A lot of people really don't realise what porn looks like
> online. If a 12-year-old searches for porn in Google, he doesn't get some
> Playboy pictures, he gets graphic brutal hardcore images of women being
> choked with tears running down their faces and of the kind of anal sex that
> has female porn stars in America suffering from anal prolapses.

Does her tenure depend on ability to scaremonger people or something?
I doubt that's the kind of porn kids are after. They most likely view
mostly vanilla porn, and people living in passive-aggressive societies
who are bored with their fat wives go after the hardcore variety.

Maxim Kammerer
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