Author Topic: A 1986 study on Playboy, Penthouse, & Hustler re: child pornography...disturbing  (Read 2064 times)

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Thought you guys would find this interesting; these facts are from the document found here: https://www.thepinkcross.org/sites/default/files/ccv.pdf

The following are excerpts from the Introductory Summary:

Date: Summer of 1986

Dr. Judith Reisman, principal investigator for the study entitled, "Children, Crime, and Violence in the Pictorial Imagery of Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler" testified on the findings before the United States Attorney General's Commission on Pornography on November 21, 1985.  Visual images of children in sexual and violent contexts were analyzed in 683 issues of the three adult magazines beginning with Playboy's initial December 1953 issue through Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler issues of December 1984.  Researchers counted children in cartoons or photgraphs, and references to children in cartoon/photograph captions.

-Each cartoon or photograph was examined for characteristics of child or adult depected, the activities in which the child was involved, the nature of the activity, and the state of dress or undress of the child.  Pseudo-children (adults dressed and posed as children) and any discrepant body features, such as oversized breasts on a small child's frame, were also noticed.

-The study identified three basic themes: nonsexual, nonviolent activities such as memories; violent activities such as murder, maiming or surgical procedures; and sexual activities such as intercourse or a child appearing nude.

-A total of 6,004 photographs, illustrations, and cartoons depicting children appeared in the 683 magazines.  Hustler depicted children most often, an average of 14.1 times per issue, followed by Playboy (8.2 times per issue) and Penthouse (6.4 times per issue).

-Findings include the following
   -1,675 child images were associated with nudity
   -1,225 child images were associated with genital activity
   -989 child images were associated sexually with adults
   -792 adults were portrayed as pseud-children
   -592 child images were associated with force
   -267 child images were associated with sex with animals or objects
   -51% of the child cartoons and 46% of the child photographs showed children age 3-11
   -More girls than boys were associated with sexual assault
   -More boys than girls were associated with violent assault

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I wonder if such a study was done these days, what would be found?

Food for thought.


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Interesting.  I suspect that comparing adult mags of 30 years ago to today's internet porn would be like comparing the destructive force of a revolutionary-war musket to a nuclear bomb!

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Yeah no doubt!  This shows it was bad even almost 30 yrs ago, and what started the decline I think.  Totally crazy.


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You have only to read Cordelia Anderson's The impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture.  Or watch any of the Killing Us Softly videos that show the impact of this shift.  What was risqué or porn in the 50's is now on our tvs everyday.  Look at little girls clothes.  Or nine year olds wearing make up to school.   Children being sexy has been normalized.  Very stealthily but nevertheless it is there. 

How do we turn back the clock, or change people's minds?  That is the $10,000.00 question.

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Yeah Gracie, that's a really good question.  I think it's hideous the way that little girls are wearing short skirts and makeup when they are not even to their teen years...it actually disgusts me, because I have a daughter and know how innocent she sees the world still.  It definitely takes something away from their innocence, and grooms them into expecting to be treated different sexually from a very young age.  I really wish we could get that innocence back, for both girls and boys both.


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