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If I had to pick however I would chose pornography, assuming we are talking about hardcore stuff, like the rape porn that the has been in the news quite a bit lately.
I don't think however I would agree with censoring violence online it would lead to the censorship of stupid stuff and it could grow and grow and even start to cover stuff like the news at a extreme end of the scale.
I can even articulate my reasoning without writing a book to explain it. lol... Sex is something I want my kid to learn about. He needs to appreciate, respect and hopefully, develop a healthy enjoyment and interest in it during his adult life. It's what families are made from, after all.
Violence, on the other hand, is something I unfortunately feel he needs to be aware of and capable of defending from. Even..initiating, should circumstances demand it. However, I never ...ever... want him to become 'used' to violence or become numb to seeing it in film or reality. Nothing good and everything bad comes out of that path. It may be required to survive ..but only the insane look for it or hope that comes.
I must say this is a really interesting question and like i say i think the answer isn't one or the other our kids should be exposed to neither until they are old enough to understand and comprehend what they are seeing.
What's Worse For Children? Violence Or Pornography?
Why make an arbitrary division? A lot of porn is violent and one has to wonder how many people go into that business who have 'normal' childhoods, and how many are in it because they feel they have no other options or were abused as children and consider this level of humiliating employment somehow a good idea.
humiliating employment somehow a good idea.
Our current trajectory into ever more gore and shock value 'entertainment' certainly isn't helping out civilization in any way. Of course, a lot of Hollywood writers and producers would have to find other employment since writing true dramas and comedy without all the gutter crap actually requires talent
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
reply to post by tothetenthpower
Perhaps the reason we continue to maintain the "taboo" of sex is because our (Western) culture recognizes the power of sex as a motivational tool for marketing.
Perhaps, if we were to "normalize the presence" of sex and sexual images, our consumer-driven society would lose one of, if not the most, its powerful "tools" (pardon the pun!).
Thus we "normalize" violence and violent images, claiming that they are actually "cathartic" (and not desensitizing and de-humanizing), while maintaining sex and sexual images as tantalizing and usefully motivational for commercial exploitation?
Well, I would like to say that violence is worse for the Children. How does a parent turn it off, when the World has violence happening all around them? You cant.
I agree with banning such pornography through ISP's so long as it does not go any further and the system actually works.