Friday, July 06, 2012

Baby makers scorn porn?

Dennis Mangan has posted the transcript of an especially thought-provoking talk he recently gave. Essentially his hypothesis is that because of our biological predilections, contemporary processed food and the easy accessibility of sexual stimulation by virtual means have really screwed with our lives. Dennis speculating on the consequences of ubiquitous, cheap porn:
When pornography was being legalized throughout the Western world, those opposed to its legalization were scorned as people living in the past, and were told that since porn involved “consenting adults” only, that it was a “victimless crime”, legalization could only bring benefits. It does seem to be correlated to declining rates of sexual violence. But it also turns out that pornography may be connected to a decline in fertility rates. Writing in The Occidental Observer, Reginald Thompson showed that those countries which had banned pornography had highly significant differences in TFR, i.e. the fertility rates were greater than in countries with legalized pornography, and this held true even when Western nations were excluded from the analysis. 
Comprising about 35% of the population, those in the US who feel pornography should be illegal are firmly in the minority. Legally, the issue seems to be a settled one. But patriarchy sympathizers do a pretty good job breeding, so the case might not be closed forever. The following table shows the average number of children respondents have by whether or not they think pornography should be legal. To avoid racial confounding, only whites are considered. To allow family formation to have taken place, responses come from those aged 35 or older. For contemporary relevance, all responses are from 2000 onward (n = 4,200):

PornographyKids
Legal1.94
Illegal2.55

My immediate reaction is to assume this is a reflection of broader value differences, specifically with regards to religiosity. Pious people are a lot more supportive of banning pornography than the irreligious are (65% wanting to ban, 35% opposed and 29% wanting to ban, 61% opposed, respectively), and the correlation between religiosity and fecundity is a strong one.

Yet significant differences in fecundity are detectable among both the religious (defined here as those who attend religious services at least once a week) and irreligious (defined as those who attend religious services no more than once per year) when members of each group are sorted according to their position on outlawing pornography. The same racial, age, and time parameters used above are employed here (n = 2,947):

PornographyKids
Religious
Legal2.72
Illegal2.41
Irreligious
Legal1.71
Illegal2.34

This doesn't prove, of course, Dennis' hypothesis that the ubiquity of pornography has had a depressing effect on fertility rates to be true. There are surely people who say they want to see pornography made illegal who are nonetheless consumers of it. Conversely, there are those who never watch the stuff but don't think it should be banned, myself among them. That said, it's an interesting and surprising result. There are sizable differences in fertility among the most pious and least religious depending on whether or not they see pornography as being socially intolerable.

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GSS variables used: PORNLAW(1)(2-3), AGE(35-89), YEAR(2000-2010), RACECEN1(1), ATTEND(0-2)(7-8), CHILDS

8 comments:

Lexus Liberal said...

Porn addiction is known to cause ED and impotence in college age males and teenagers. Long term addiction can lead to porn induced impotence due to "arousal addiction" and serotonin overload, which causes the brain to rewire itself and become impotent to regular sexual stimuli.

I'm also going to hypothesize that the American sedentary lifestyle, junk food diet and pollution esp. plastic has all decreased sperm count and subsequently overall fertility. Not to mention the broader social trends of more women and men waiting longer to get married and voluntarily putting themselves out of the prime age range of peak fertility.

Government should show the graph that depicts women's fertility level is down 50-80% by the time they are in their 30s and every year leads to additional 10% decrease. No wonder career women needs to spend millions in fertility treatments, hormonal therapy and in vitro fertilization.

Religious people have higher fertility since they get married younger and have multiple children.

JayMan said...

@Lexus Liberal:

"Porn addiction is known to cause ED and impotence in college age males and teenagers. Long term addiction can lead to porn induced impotence due to "arousal addiction" and serotonin overload, which causes the brain to rewire itself and become impotent to regular sexual stimuli."

I've seen this thrown around a lot. Is there any actual evidence of this?

"I'm also going to hypothesize that the American sedentary lifestyle, junk food diet and pollution esp. plastic has all decreased sperm count and subsequently overall fertility."

Perhaps. I'm not worried about declining sperm counts. Most men still produce more than enough sperm to impregnate a woman.

"Not to mention the broader social trends of more women and men waiting longer to get married and voluntarily putting themselves out of the prime age range of peak fertility."

This is a real phenomenon. But I'm not worried about this, either.

"Religious people have higher fertility since they get married younger and have multiple children."

Exactly.

JayMan said...

This is actually consistent with my hypothesis.

"Conservative" fast-breeders have attitudes with regards to sex that direct them towards marriage and breeding. While this is correlated with religiosity, thanks to the religious tending to possess such attitudes, the real culprit is the belief towards sex. Those who feel sexuality has a special realm (an aspect of their built-in control of their sexuality) would tend to be more fertile. They tend to stick with the paradigm of marriage—early—and lots of children

Anonymous said...

Jacking off greatly increases my performance when I was young. I went from blowing my load early to being able to perform for a long time. ED has never been a problem.

Nick B Steves said...

No wonder career women needs to spend millions in fertility treatments, hormonal therapy and in vitro fertilization.

Hey, man. That's good for the economy! Having babies the normal way has a much slower velocity effect on GDP.

Nick B Steves said...

Jacking off greatly increases my performance when I was young. I went from blowing my load early to being able to perform for a long time. ED has never been a problem.

I take it your NOT 45, anonymous.

ntod said...

hayang ngewe sia. dasar memek. thank you.

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of this "scorn porn" before. Rule #34 I guess.