Comments about ‘Prostitution and pornography: Scholars and anti-porn advocates say they're the 'same thing'’

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Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 11:30 a.m. MDT

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Philosopher
Goose Creek, SC

Whilst I agree with the article, I believe the mental image portrayed at the beginning doesn't use logic to persuade but relies on pathos and thus sets a negative 'feel' for the article itself.

Austin Coug
Pflugerville, TX

Most applicable statement from this article:

"Cecil also believes that individuals can become addicted to pornography, and once that happens, they need more to excite them and begin acting out by visiting strip clubs or hiring prostitutes — thus making pornography the catalyst for greater promiscuous behavior."

Viewing pornography is one thing but hiding it and the other deviant behaviors is where it is killing marriages and careers. It is unfortunate that pornography is gaining traction as "ok" in our society. Having witnessed too many individuals fall far short of their potential due to pornography addiction, my advice is to stay far far away.

calumb
Wellington, 00

There are several things wrong with the assumptions in this article. Perhaps the most glaring is the use of Melisa Farley as a reference. Farley continues to claim (having never apologised for her initial error, or attempted back down on it) that the number of street based sex workers in Auckland increased by 200% or 400% in the five years following decriminalisation. This, as can easily be seen, is false. The number of street based sex workers in Auckland was established at 360, when decriminalisation occurred. Four times this would be 1440, while twice this would be 720. Yet the recorded number of street based sex workers in Auckland five years after decriminalisation was 230. This is nowhere near the 720 or 1440 claimed by Farley, and is even less than the original figure. This is one example of why she should never be used as a reference, there are hundreds more. Relying on Farley as a source casts doubt on any paper using her as support.

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