A Postmortem on the Sexual Revolution: What Deregulation of Pornography Has Wrought

A Postmortem on the Sexual Revolution: What Deregulation of Pornography Has Wrought

The deregulation of pornography is part of a larger sexual revolution, which aimed to loosen Americans’ attachment to a marriage that subordinates sex within an enduring, faithful community of love and responsibility. Advocates sought to deregulate pornography in the name of liberty and with the hopes of ending sexual repression. This deregulation cultivates a culture emphasizing sexual self-expression, but has also had many unexpected side effects. Generally, Internet pornography is much more akin to an addiction than anyone had thought. Its harms may be less spectacular than opponents of pornography had feared, but they are also deeper and more difficult to reverse. Its effects are indirect and subtle, not direct, and its frequent consumption undermines the institutions that make relational beings happy.

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