The online porn bogeyman

In recent times, internet safety is more important than ever. Over the past five years, I’ve been privy to the mass paranoia over online safety. This is why didn’t log onto Facebook for a few years, because back when I was 14, I was actually stupid enough to fall for it.

But privacy isn’t the issue now. The issue I want to talk about right now is the media’s relationship with online porn.

the daily mail

100% Pure-grade bullsh*t from The Daily Mail.

Whenever the issue of internet safety is brought up, there’s always at least one person who talks about porn, mainly because that’s basically what the media likes to bring up whenever internet safety is the issue.

The tabloids love porn, mainly because it gives them fuel for a “moral panic” which they can use to sell papers. Whenever child porn hits the news, tabloids like the Daily Mail quickly resort to blaming all porn. However, the tabloids are also very hypocritical when it comes to porn, because they show those Page 3 girls almost all the time.

The Daily Mail in particular seems to be completely dependant on the whole “porn panic”, and the farcical idea that more and more children are looking at porn (which is completely false), and that they’re being turned into “paedo rapists” (for which there is no evidence).

This idea has somehow been accepted by anyone talking about internet safety, and porn is just being dragged along just because it suits the moral panic.

Porn isn’t the problem. The problem is that some people are being completely stupid with it, mainly with regards to kids. If porn does “turns kids into sex attackers”, or “makes teen boys see girls as sex objects”, as the Daily Mail has claimed, then we have nothing to blame except for the parents.

The truth is that there are actually parents who are so low that whenever their kids see porn, they try to get porn banned in order to compensate for the fact that they didn’t even bother to keep their kids away from it, or put what they saw into context. If anyone’s worried about online porn, it’s more likely to be about whether or not you can contract a computer virus from that site.

Sadly, even if porn doesn’t get banned, or Cameron’s porn filter plans are stopped, then the moral panic will never go away. Why? Because the media uses the moral panic to distract people from the real issues. That’s why in the title of this post I referred to online porn as a “bogeyman”, because it’s a fake threat used by the media to distract the masses.

I’m very certain that most people aren’t raging porn addicts, and I’m also sure that most kids haven’t even heard of it. Therefore, porn is not an internet safety issue because most people aren’t exactly stupid with it. The real solution is to stop putting so much of a stigma on porn. After all, for some people, it’s the only thing close to sex they’ll ever have.

If not, then maybe a better solution is to not let the sensationalist news reports get to our heads.

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