Porn equals rape?

Published: May 29, 2011
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The writer is web editor of The Express Tribune and tweets @Jhaque_ (jahanzaib.haque@tribune.com.pk)

The writer is web editor of The Express Tribune and tweets @Jhaque_ (jahanzaib.haque@tribune.com.pk)

Being the editor of a news website has one major perk – the gift (or curse) of being able to sort and meta-analyse the hordes of comments pouring in on articles. One topic in particular, where commentary borders on the unusual and often naïve is on articles concerning rape.

Inevitably, any report on rape contains the usual ‘our nation is in moral decline’ and ‘Islam has been abandoned, hence, rape is on the rise’ comments. While both these statements merit deconstruction and analysis, there is a third statement I find most strange, though altogether predictable: Pakistanis are watching more porn and watching more porn leads to rape.

At first glance, this assertion seems perfectly natural, and indeed, it is part of a meme which was best voiced by radical feminist writer Robin Morgan who in the 1980s coined, “pornography is the theory — rape is the practice.”

However, that sound byte was created in the US nearly three decades ago – since then the porn industry has multiplied with the growth spurt of the internet. What has happened to the US since then? Is it now full of rapists, sexual deviants and immoral tales of horror as Pakistani commenters so love to claim?

According to The US Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey, sexual violence in the US, over the last 12 years has declined by over 75 per cent. Don’t trust the US Justice Department? Read any of the hundreds of independent media report findings. Don’t believe the US media? How about other independent organisations; follow-up papers by university psychology, sociology departments; research groups, feminist lobby groups – the information is just a click away, and it all points to the same thing. While rape may be an under-reported crime in any society, a decline that steep is visible, no matter what spin you want to put on it. In addition to this, according to the Centres  for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 1990 the US abortion rate has fallen 41 per cent and the syphilis and gonorrhoea rates have fallen by over 50 per cent each.

While it would be equally wrong to glance at the statistics and say ‘pornography has caused a decline in rape, abortion and STDs,’ it would be at least fair to say ‘porn has little or no impact on rape, abortions or the spread of STDs.’

To those who would choose to continue using the rhetoric of “porn equals rape” and “US is immorality central”, do consider the writings of feminist, Susie Bright who characterises this view as part of “the devil made me do it” syndrome. According to her and many other writers, by postulating that pornography causes rape, we are letting the rapist off the hook, because the underlying message of such a statement is: the rapist is not to blame.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (76)

  • Umayr Masud
    May 29, 2011 - 10:19PM

    I don’t think anyone with that point of view will actually read any of the related links, instead they’d brand you a american influenced kaafir or something of that sort :)Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 10:21PM

    The key issue here is restraint..That is inside you. How many people watch people killing on screen and turn around and go on a shooting rampage to vent out their frustrations? It is deciphering fiction from reality.Recommend

  • uXuf
    May 29, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Does the decrease in rape equate to an increase in consensual sexual relations? What do the reports say about that?Recommend

  • Naz
    May 29, 2011 - 10:33PM

    In a country where the common man does not partake in sexual activities as openly and as frequently as in the western countries or even just across the border in India, porn is the least harmful way to vent the completely normal urges. Recommend

  • Ebad
    May 29, 2011 - 10:45PM

    By reading this article , I conclude that… as a nation we should watch great number of Porn so that we could control rapes.Recommend

  • A. Malik
    May 29, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Also, women in the US have easier access to Mace and tasers– that’s a major deterrent, right there :)Recommend

  • 2jama2panch
    May 29, 2011 - 11:01PM

    OOO EEMMM GEEE: Two bay-ghairat words in one topic???
    Warning: Prudes AND Ghairat-brigade attack in T minus 30 mins.
    May the forces of ‘sax’ be with you. Recommend

  • Omer Akif
    May 29, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Come’on Jay even if ‘porn equals rape’ then there will be more rapers than zaid hamid’s brigade of mummy daddy revolutionists chantings anti zionist slogans against you. Recommend

  • Saad Siddiqui
    May 29, 2011 - 11:23PM

    The writer himself have no idea what he wanted t convey through this written work. Lame article , badly writtenRecommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 11:27PM

    I totally agree with the stance … This is the same debate Ted Bundy used in his last interview … complete crap.Recommend

  • Haiti.
    May 29, 2011 - 11:29PM

    Writer please do not try to introduce these type of things..!Recommend

  • qasim
    May 29, 2011 - 11:30PM

    it is not equal to rape……..!Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmad
    May 29, 2011 - 11:51PM

    hiya Jahanzeb, If u wanna watch porn – do it in private; you’re asserting & abusing your position as an editor to justify & legalize watching porn / porn industry. Recommend

  • unpatriotic pakistani
    May 30, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Well, the author didn’t take the society into consideration. The research is not complete. One thing which may have positive effects in one society can behave totally the opposite in another society. I don’t necessarily deny your analysis. But I would say that your research is not valid as it is not taking the important variable (difference of soiciety) into consideration. So you can’t build your argument upon this research. Recommend

  • Abc
    May 30, 2011 - 12:18AM

    Why do you write only on such topics? Recommend

  • Dr.Shakeel, New York
    May 30, 2011 - 12:26AM

    @uXuf:
    You are right….More porn and more easily available porn means more and more girls have access to it too…that means they are accustomed to pleasures at early age in a detailed way with a level of frankness unheard of before…..result….women will become ready to become immoral and hence consent for illegal relations will increase……..
    all this will mean more case of adultery and lesser cases of rape…
    so porn is reducing rape not because it helps in venting frustration….but it incites and entices girls to be more frank and exploratory viz-a-viz immorality….!!!!!
    This analysis is based purely on psychological aspects…so those readers who understand psychology will understand this argument….
    parting remark….Porn is not a miracle pill to cure rape….
    it is a tool to increase extra-marital intercourse in teens as well as adults…..
    so if porn is reducing rape at one side…it is eating away and destroying marital institution and values attached with it…
    Take a survey and make a graph of actual legal marriages in USA….the fact is legalized marriages have reduced many times since 1970s…..boys and girls are now content to go for short physical relation stints….and then find new partners….so lesser rapes BUT MORE intercourse outside marriage……..!!!!!!!
    societies which do not consider intercourse outside marriage as a bad thing…will find less rapes due to porn as a victory …but Islamic society will take it as same bullet hitting at same place with deadlier effects…… Recommend

  • Umar S
    May 30, 2011 - 12:48AM

    @Dr.Shakeel, New York:

    So according to your comment, in Islamic societies it is better for girls to be raped rather than to have sex outside of marriage? So because of porn GIRLS ARE TURNING IMMORAL which is a bigger problem or as big a problem as rape?! Wah bhai wah. I pity your daughter. Your concept of society is terrifying.Recommend

  • Ather
    May 30, 2011 - 1:16AM

    brilliantRecommend

  • Samiullah
    May 30, 2011 - 2:49AM

    Waiting for the blessed comment.

    “The author can’t be a Muslim. He can’t be a Pakistani either. This is all a Yahoodi/Yindoo/Yankee conspiracy to malign the image of Pakistan. InshAllah we’ll teach them a lesson.”Recommend

  • Uzair
    May 30, 2011 - 2:54AM

    looks like someone here loves porn hint hintRecommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 3:17AM

    I’m surprised to see such an article. Even though he is taking facts, but masses will not accept the facts. Those who have expressed negative sentiments in form of comments, pretty sure, 90% of them either used to/have watched some pornography in their life. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 30, 2011 - 5:01AM

    Next you ll ask to include iot in your children syllabus.Recommend

  • Erum
    May 30, 2011 - 5:54AM

    I don`t agree with you. watching porn itself is a sinful and when someone watch such stuff they want to practice it too because this is human nature.Recommend

  • Ahmed Nadeem
    May 30, 2011 - 6:49AM

    The issue is that Express Tribune is hiring anyone and everyone. They need to revisit their policy. And every Tom Dick and Harry has joined Express or started writing for them just because they have been to college abroad for a few years and think they have seen the world. They have somehow become too liberal and broadminded and think such articles will help them attract attention.

    The article doesnt make sense. The writer needs to have better writing skills to be able to convey his message rather than writing a vague article like this.

    Start talking senseRecommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 7:25AM

    100% Agreed with Dr. ShakeelRecommend

  • Jehangir
    May 30, 2011 - 7:42AM

    Nice Article sir… & Porn, though not exactly “Sex Education”, serves to some extent as sex education. & also, porn serves as a “vent” to relieve the frustration in our society rather than hold it. I know many will call you as a “Non Muslim & a Great Conspirator”, but yeah, nice you put an article here.Recommend

  • Wasil Arain
    May 30, 2011 - 7:56AM

    It is not clear whether author holds breif for porn or rape Can he do a favour to clarifyRecommend

  • Mujh92
    May 30, 2011 - 8:54AM

    Rape is a massive issue in Pakistan society and unfortunately not many people are brave enough to highlight this,We would rather blame the girl then try to sentence the culprits,or try to blame other things.I appreciate that you had taken this initiative to write on it.
    May Allah save you from the wrath of mullah brigade. Recommend

  • Mahira
    May 30, 2011 - 9:57AM

    I’m actually thankful to the porn industry and masturbation where men are concerned. If it weren’t for these 2 outlets I’m sure rape would be a bigger problem than it is now. There I said it!Recommend

  • Arsalan
    May 30, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Leaving religion aside, I dont think these days anyone has to indulge into rape to satisfy his physiological needs. You can do it with mutual conses easily or alternately pay for it.Recommend

  • I.Y.
    May 30, 2011 - 10:51AM
  • Smarty Pants
    May 30, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Dear author, please refer to Ted Bundy’s interview below. In case you don’t know, he is responsible for the brutal murders of over 50 women (and girls), though there are always exception, it is important to note that violent pornography is an addiction which can lead to overtly sexually violent behavior.

    http://www.pureintimacy.org/piArticles/A000000433.cfmRecommend

  • hanya
    May 30, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Another superficial piece of self satisfaction. How about editing your own articles properly Mr Web Editor – “commenter’s” ??? The apostrophe is clearly still a mystery to you!Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 11:29AM

    This myth has been perpetuated to keep the Censor Board alive which assures the livelihood of many. The keeps the police busy instead of being fighting actual crime. It ensures that our TV shows are lacklustre and completely asexual. Recommend

  • Jahanzaib Haque
    May 30, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Dear all, thank you for the comments – I would just like to add in a few points here:

    Violent, exploitative pornography has a negative impact on the individual, and children in particular should not be exposed to it.
    The point of this article is not to encourage porn, but to talk about rape and the misconceptions Pakistanis have about the act. The reason I have chosen the US as a model is because they have good systems in place for data collection/monitoring/evaluating, which a country like Pakistan does not. If we did have such monitoring, we would likely see some very abysmal numbers in terms of rape, given how patriarchal our society is, and our current level of development on various fronts.

    I agree that there is an inherent difference in world view between our society and the US. What I am arguing towards is that our views are incorrect and based on lack of knowledge/information. Arcane world views such as “women will become ready to become immoral and hence consent for illegal relations will increase” with exposure to porn is simply erroneous, and based on a system of male dominance and control. Pakistanis do have sex, many have sex outside of wedlock and teenagers do explore sexuality here, and we have many sex crimes per day — to deny this is to remain deluded and dangerously so, as is visible in a few of the comments above. I will try to address this further in future articles.
    Recommend

  • Jahanzaib Haque
    May 30, 2011 - 11:49AM

    To those who are arguing that Ted Bundy committed his crimes because he watched porn, please do a bit more research on the topic of serial killers – it is identical to christian right wing groups suggesting that the Columbine highschool shootings happened because the school kids listened to Marilyn Manson. Also read my last line again to understand where your drive to place blame is coming from:

    by postulating that pornography causes rape, we are letting the rapist off the hook, because the underlying message of such a statement is: the rapist is not to blame.

    i.e. we are again trying to protect our society/ghairat by saying “no, the rapist would not have committed the crime if it wasnt for outside influences.” this is a patently flawed argument, which denies that we, our society, can do wrong (and therefore needs to fix/change things).Recommend

  • Saad
    May 30, 2011 - 11:56AM

    And I would advise you to read Katherine Mackinnon’s seminal work “Towards a feminist theory of the State”, specially the chapter on pornography. Men who watch snuff, rape and BDSM porn, perceive women to be mere sex objects, whose sole purpose of existence is to sexually gratify men. The testimonies in the Mackinnon/Dworkin porn ordinance hearings back in the 80s empirically prove the above. Recommend

  • Smarty Pants
    May 30, 2011 - 12:08PM

    Nobody is blaming pornography for ruining innocent minds, the point is, and you would’ve known if you actually read that interview I posted, that pornography is an addiction, that can lead to sexual violence lest it be highly moderated, which is possible, especially in the case of children who grow up with a jaded parent/guardian relationship. This is a trend, it is not a set rule, as most people are inherently good. Pornography requires strict moderation and legislation, therein lies the problem with Pakistan, it is illegal, hence it cannot be moderated, people can’t gain access to websites with drawings of a Prophet but they have all access passes to any kind of porn available via the internet. The tragedy is that the infamous Google report that showed the incidences of porn searches being highest from Pakistan also showed that it was violence coupled with sex that was the most popular. As a nation we face extreme sexual repression, with very few parents discussing sexuality openly with their children, this leads to the quelling of that perfectly natural curiosity through pornography, It is therefore sheer escapism to leave the job up to porn. There needs to be a healthy openness between the youth and their care and education givers regarding the topic of sexuality in general. Recommend

  • sajid
    May 30, 2011 - 12:10PM

    useless topic such a nonsense … Recommend

  • Dajjal
    May 30, 2011 - 12:21PM

    According to the Christian Right, the Columbine HS shooting happened because they didn’t allow God into School, whereas in Pakistan Suicide Bombings is a consequence of God being allowed into school.. so, as far is letting God into schools is concerned, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.Recommend

  • Jubi
    May 30, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Guys if u read Islam Properly u won’t be arguing for porn or no porn… Watching a porn is a sin and do leads to more frustration and more urge to have Sex… i do not know if many if u have heard a term in Islam Labelled as “MUTAH” or a contract marriage that goes for few seconds to life time… why don’t Muslim Scholars tech about that… Rape and unethical relations are now beyond limits to be stopped.. why don’t to make them Legal ??? still wonder how much knowledge do we have about Islam…. Wake up Muslims stop arguing we were born to study … we ruled this world because we use to do research rather than arguing… Recommend

  • Jubi
    May 30, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Guys if u read Islam Properly u won’t be arguing for porn or no porn… Watching a porn is a sin and do leads to more frustration and more urge to have Sex… i do not know if many if u have heard a term in Islam Labelled as “MUTAH” or a contract marriage that goes for few seconds to life time… why don’t Muslim Scholars tech about that… Rape and unethical relations are now beyond limits to be stopped.. why don’t to make them Legal ??? still wonder how much knowledge do we have about Islam…. Wake up Muslims stop arguing we were born to study … we ruled this world because we use to do research rather than arguing…Recommend

  • Raiha
    May 30, 2011 - 1:31PM

    @Umar S

    So, are you suggesting..it always has to be a choice between rape and illicit relationship? How funny…and then you choose the lesser evil – Illicit relations..Is there no such thing as self control, self restraint pity ever introduced to you..or concepts like satiating your “natural” desires through marriage…You really need to redefine your moral and ethical codes Mr..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 30, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Its all there inside your mind .. its how you perceive porn..some use it for pleasure through masturbation and some get overtly sexually aroused by it committing rapes..its a mind game.. im not jumping into religion and im not going to discuss about halal/haram because i know everybody watches porn..

    i am against rape and infidelity just incase nobody understood my point..Recommend

  • User
    May 30, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Jubi

    “MUTAH” is not really a term in Islam, and the reason why probably most Muslim scholars do not teach about it is because it is a concept followed and practised mainly in the Shia sect. Recommend

  • erum
    May 30, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Mr JUBI if u do not have enough knowledge of Islam then just don`t quote such words u are trying to misguide people here.there is no concept of MUTAH in Islam it is in shia sect. Sunni Scholars do not believe in this term and it was never allowed in Islam. First research on wat u r saying. Recommend

  • abdul moiz
    May 30, 2011 - 3:07PM

    @ jehanzaib haque

    nice article,perhaps you’ll shed light on the practice in islam of punishing rape victims for having sex even when they have been raped! this needs to be discussed as a lot of our rape victims suffer as they are treated as criminals instead of being treated as victims.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 3:38PM

    I think pornography is a red herring. The trouble is that men have, through the ages and in every culture, assumed they can do with women what they like. Unfortunately, this is further reinforced by not just cultural norms but religion as well. It is this kind of degrading view of women that first needs to be replaced. It is depressing that even within Hindu cultures, women are gang-raped by the village as a punishment – something that has passed on into Pakistani (village) society without so much as a whimper from the wretched fundamentalists and mullahs – who are otherewise capable of being bellicose on just about everything else. Recommend

  • Pradip Doshi
    May 30, 2011 - 3:39PM

    From last 10 yrs, I have seen girls as young as 2 & 3 yrs are raped and in some cases killed. It’s purely because porn is exhibited illegally in shanties. What about the people who havn’t got partner to satisfy & sees porn. I have heard that porn also advocate sex with girls under 12 yrs to get masculine benefits.Recommend

  • main
    May 30, 2011 - 3:59PM

    when muslim were rulling the world nearly every muslim man have more then one wife if only that could perceive in the minds of pakistani women we will get over glories days back
    JUST A THOUGHT! Recommend

  • anon
    May 30, 2011 - 4:06PM

    @Dr.Shakeel, New York: well said sir, well said. being in the age group that you talk about, you have got it spot onRecommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 4:09PM

    @Mrs Z Khan: My comment was edited to remove a reference to Islam and its view on women. I won’t repeat it, but raise it only to clarify the statement “this kind of degrading view” and the reference to Hindu culture. Recommend

  • AJ
    May 30, 2011 - 4:12PM

    Seriously, this comment thread is nothing more than a microcosm for the backward-ness of Pakistani mentality. It’s 2011 for God’s sake, please try and find one 14 year old with access to internet who has not seen anything explicit on the internet. There is little point in putting such a taboo over it, might as well educate people about it, about contraception and how to enjoy it. Maybe it will help Pakistan get out of it’s pathetic place in the world in terms of morality, reading threads like this make me embarrassed to be Pakistani; please try and stop being so narrow minded.Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 30, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Wow, such pure souls we have above. Agree or disagree, you have to give credit to the writer to actually tackle such a “hush hush” topic. I guess Jesus said best “He who is without sin cast the first stone”……Recommend

  • Malay
    May 30, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Interesting blog. waiting for the next equation X=?Recommend

  • Hindu
    May 30, 2011 - 6:48PM

    @Mrs Z Khan:
    I am amazed that Pakistani’s are attributing the rapes to Hindus, i am not aware of any religion that glorifies rape. Some men use rape as an instrument to show their superiority over women and I AM SURE THAT IS IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION, whether it is a Hindu in India, a Muslim in Pakistan, a Christian Priest, a invading Communist army. Please dont relate everything wrong to a community. Recommend

  • Engr. Naseer
    May 30, 2011 - 7:48PM

    it has nothing to do with watching pornography, actually we are a polarized nation, on one hand we go to the extreme limits of Islam and on other we top the “most porn-content watching nation” competition. We are either very open or very suppressed in our expressions. And avoiding basic sex education at lower level (referring it to be against Islam) adds insult to the injury.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 9:04PM

    @Hindu:
    I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick. Please take the time to read my comment in full and you will see that what I’m talking about is the status of women. My original comment was censored to remove a reference to Islam, so perhaps it comes across as if I’m having a dig at Hinduism. I’m not. Merely that within Indo-Pak village society, rape is also used as a form of punishment and that even religion has been incapable of changing that mentality.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 9:42PM

    Here, the understanding of the author is mistaken a bit. If you ask me, I am still a very firm believer in this rule of the thumb: More porn leads to more rape. But one must add other condition: This only happens in countries where sex is suppressed and where sex education is not prevalent. Therefore, providing data from USA and taking the same data to describe the scenario in Pakistan won’t work.

    Another factor is the punishment for rape. In Pakistan, rape is almost never considered as a serious crime. The lawyers, the businessmen, the university students, all have been known to have committed rape in this country. Yet, you never hear any solid judgment against the rapists. Why are there only a few rapes in Iran? The society is very suppressed but punishment is only death. That’s not the case with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Zafari
    May 30, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Pornography in itself is bad enough and no sane person, religious or otherwise would encourage propagating it.
    What difference does it make whether it is less than, equal to or greater than rape?
    Does it have any positive side to it by virtue of which it could potentially decrease rape or other crimes? Would any rapist consider watching porno (live or otherwise) as an alternate to his raping?.
    Or does the research show for sure that it is the increase in porno trade that has decreased rape and other social evils? Recommend

  • Z Arshad
    May 30, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Pornography and rape are two entirely unrelated concepts in normal society. In the hands of a psychotic individual, however, the two become intertwined- just as violent action movies would influence someone with a propensity for ruthless murder. It is not the porn which instigates rape: porn is a confounding factor, as perhaps someone with an abnormal psyche/fascination with rape is likely to indulge in violent porn. Rape cases continue to increase in Pakistan purely because individuals who commit rape do not fear the repercussions. Preying on vulnerable women who are unlikely to come forward, and will be stigmatised and persecuted if they do, is what encourages the actions of these people. Judging from some of the comments above- namely those attributing the decrease in rape cases in the US to the recent trend of ‘women watching porn, turning immoral and engaging in extra-marital sex’ (btw- so it’s fine that men were always ‘immoral’ and wanted extra-marital sex? It’s just those pesky women should have continued to practise self-restraint, right?!)- those rapists have nothing to worry about for a while yet- the woman is still being blamed. Recommend

  • kamran
    May 30, 2011 - 11:12PM

    the writer is not completely wrong…. find monthly crime statistics of pakistan on http://www.fafen.org. Crimes against women have been on the rise in Punjab in the last monthRecommend

  • Old Guard
    May 30, 2011 - 11:21PM

    May be previously one has to do rape; now thanks to pornography it has become more of consensual act. The declining rate of rape as refereed in that survey may have fallen into that category.Recommend

  • May 30, 2011 - 11:39PM

    I guess it depends on which porn sites you’re visiting more frequently ;)Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 12:55AM

    @Hindu:

    Please see a comment I made soon after posting the original comment. It said:

    My comment was edited to remove a reference to Islam and its view on women. I won’t repeat it, but raise it only to clarify the statement “this kind of degrading view” and the reference to Hindu culture.

    Perhaps this might explain the misunderstanding. I was not targeting Hinduism, be assured. I did attempt to explain this earlier, but my comment seems to have got lost …Recommend

  • qaisera
    May 31, 2011 - 11:28AM

    badly written article !Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    May 31, 2011 - 11:58AM

    What a mentally retarded writing this is … Full of mythical fantacies and ignorance. All these stats presented by Mr. Writer are no more than hoax and carefully veilded in order to look innocent in the eyes of people by quoting less or declining negativity in human behaviour.

    The example of US is all like a fire that has burnt the wooden house completely. Tell me, what else is left for people living in US when they can get everything for free. Indulging with several partners in ones life is already a case of characrterlessness and immorality less you talk about rape.Recommend

  • observor
    May 31, 2011 - 3:23PM

    porno,rape,similar evils have never been acknowledged in any culture,civilization,society from beginning of world till today-irrespective how conservative or open one is. Islam preaches control, constrain over such natural desires. It controls such evils by allowing 4 marriages. It says that even married couples perform this natural act by not over exposing their bodies to each other -so that urges do not artificially enhanced leading to unpleasant action. Take examples of birds and animals. They perform natural act in a natural way. So we human beings should also control our powers of imaginations and control our mind set so to control evils like rape etc. It is all and only in our mind that breeds all such social evils.
    Some one discussed MUTAH. Fine it is practiced only by a certain sect.Note that Islam preaches one philosophy. It encourages and teaches to debate, discuss, research and develop systems and rules in accordance to changing life style, prevailing social order in an era, in different times BUT under basic Islamic teachings and sunnah. It is not adamant to only teachings perceived 1400 years ago. It allows changes according to times within parameters.There is an Arabic word describing this philosophy- sorry i am forgetting it. So, religious scholars of all schools of thought get together deliberate on these social evils; taking clue and guidance from MUTAH, and find out ways and format life styles for present muslim young generation–it will not only be beneficial for Muslims but perhaps for present generation of all cultures. After all, the purpose of the exercise would be to lead pious life in such frustrating times-simultaneously coping with present day life & social challenges and still remain away from all kinds of social evils. This will be a real JIHAD. Recommend

  • Dave
    May 31, 2011 - 5:33PM

    From a westerners perspective and a avid purveyor of porn I totally disagree that porn and rape are synonymous. I think a much more important fact is the background and the culture that the viewer was brought up with. If the persons background is of such that they do not respect women and they do not see value in women they are much more likely to treat them poorly than because the were watching porn.

    What i think is interesting is from my perspective Pakistan is a much less fertile ground for a woman to be successful than in the states. It seems there is more inequality for women in paki society than in American society yet Americans are surrounded by porn and sexualized advertising at every turn. Recommend

  • Colleen
    May 31, 2011 - 7:31PM

    @Dave, took the words out of my mouth. I think that the fact that we are surrounded by porn and sexualized advertising as you put it is one of the reasons that perhaps the # of violent sexual crimes has gone down. We are so used to all of it over here so it probably doesn’t phase people anymore. I would say way to go on the article and I agree that the point is, not to blame outside sources for the bad behavior of people, blame the actual person.Recommend

  • Hasan Abidi
    May 31, 2011 - 11:51PM

    @ Colleen

    I agree w ya Colleen in totality.

    Being a pretty well traveled person, I have been fortunate enough to enjoy a ringside seat at observing various cultures and the traditions that come with them.

    Back when I was a student at UCLA, my philosophy teacher used to quote a profound saying, ” Some ppl r wise , some r otherwise”. hehehehehehe

    I guess its the decisions we make as individuals, that define us and our principles.

    I wd like ya to go thru my comments posted above yesterday, and wd love ur feedback.

    Best Rgds

    Hasan
    hasanwazir1@gmail.comRecommend

  • Colleen
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:43AM

    @ Hasan

    LoL, it is nice to know there are still some gentlemen out there ;)

    I do have to say though that I feel a little different in stating that exposure to explicit sexual hardcore content leads to violent behavior. While I do not completely discount the statement and I’m sure there is plenty of data out there to back up the statement, from my perspective all it is is just an excuse to act like a phychopath.

    There are multiple posts above using Ted Bundy as an example indicating that the reason he killed those women was due to his porn “addiction” (I don’t believe it can be an addiction either, but that is a different conversation for a different day). Ted Bundy is a physchopath, whether he watched porn or not he would still be a phychopath. Him blaming it on the porn would have just been used to try and excuse his actions which are inexcusable.

    It all boils down to people taking responsibility for their actions and not blaming it on sexy movie time at home. If you can’t keep your hands off of another human being it’s not the porn’s fault, but your own.Recommend

  • Jubi
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @User @Erum
    Kindly search For term MUTAH in Islam.. This practice was explained and allowed by Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) himself for every “Muslim” and till His last time it was allowed so what He allowed should remain allowed forever… that’s why i asked to please do research… 2 years back imam of Khana Kabba Himself allowed this practice with a changed name “Misyar”… if you want to know why he allowed it i can explain it to you… or you can do research of ur own ….
    Regards.Recommend

  • Faiz
    Jun 8, 2011 - 1:38AM

    lol After reading this article i came to know that the writer is insanely addicted to porn as he wants us to watch it on regular bases to avoid rape ! oh you gotcha kidding me xD….i just want to Ask one question to writer “which porn is best now a days so i can watch it to avoid rape ? xD ..well i would like to say few words to the writer “Get a life bro there is much to do in this world rather than this crap…server humanity” thanks :)Recommend

  • Hina
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:26PM

    wow – and what i gathered from this article was that ‘porn has little or no impact on rape, abortions or the spread of STDs.’… maybe i am just stupid and taking the entire article out of context..Recommend

  • Pir Ali Raza
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:16AM

    porn should be made acceptable universally so we could commence our natural deeds with out a worry.

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