Should Sports Take On Porn?

The Kansas City Royals had their Players sit through a presentation put on by an Organization called “Fight the New Drug”. That drug?

Pornography

Whether Porn is a drug in the sense of being addictive probably should be of little debate. It’s Viewership is enormous. One site alone is bigger than Netflix. Think about that one for a minute. A single Porn Website that has more Viewers, more Viewing, more traffic than Netflix all by itself. And it’s one of a whole lot of sites.

The most extensive survey to date on porn has 43% of Women admitting they have uploaded Porn. Not just watched. Uploaded. Usually self-made creations. And that’s Women. Women whose Viewership of Pornography has skyrocketed. The numbers on those who watched Porn at least once a month are astounding. If you hear someone say “Everyone watches it” they are going to be far closer to being accurate than most realize. But for many it’s more than a passing thrill. It’s consuming.

But so is music. So are video games. So are lots of things, including actual drugs. Where should Pornography fit on our scale of social activities, social benefits and social woes?

I can tell you this much. Probably not where groups like “Fight the New Drug” try to say it should. They could be right and it could be the potential scourge ‘FTND’ says it is. But they wouldn’t know. Because like so many, they’re throwing around “outcomes” of Porn Viewing that simply don’t match the data. Not even close.

Like so many they “link” Porn Viewing with all sorts of promiscuous behavior. But Millennials are the least sexually active generation on record. Much less so than Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. There’s also been what some would consider puzzling, others completely shocking, timing of Porn Viewing’s growth and Sexual Assault’s decline. Is there causation or even correlation? Who knows? Like so much else with Porn, we haven’t really looked closely enough. It’s entirely possible it’s coincidence.

But it still flies in the face of the claims made by Groups like “Fight the New Drug”.

The reality is that none of the data backs up these Groups’ assertions and most contradicts them. So Royals Players are being asked to fight a scourge that might not even exist. And if it does, we can’t identify it…yet.

All they could say to Players right now is they need to focus on their jobs and watching Porn probably doesn’t make that any easier.

But there’s not even data to back up that claim.

The single most telling thing about where we are with looking at the effects of Porn is virtually every piece of data and analysis we have comes directly from the Pornography Industry. All anyone needs to do is look at whatever Studies and Reports we have and look at where their Source Data comes from. In most cases, it’s from one source.

PornHub, a giant Porn Video Site. They have done more work to collect and analyze data on Porn Viewing and Viewers than anyone. They’ve also done more than anyone else in surveying Viewers about their Viewing Habits, Lives, Lifestyles, etc. The data and information is so solid and extensive, it’s what we use in University Studies on the subject.

So we have Organizations concerned enough to run around raising awareness of what they see as a huge problem. But not concerned enough to do their own Research.

THAT Folks, is where are actually are right now. There may be a problem. There may not be. There may be a reason for Sports to step in and treat it like an issue of concern.

But nobody can answer any of those questions with any degree of certainty right now. Because we truly don’t know. We are literally in the Land of Anyone’s Guess when it comes to the affects of all this Porn.

Personally, I’m thrilled with the increase in interest by Women. I’m a big Fan of the Market’s ability to make corrections. With Women in the Market now in such enormous and growing numbers, if there are negative effects, especially for Women and Children, we’re in the best position we’ve ever been in to find out and do something about it. If Porn “degrades” Women, Women being such enormous Consumers of it will change that problem far better, faster and more effectively than any amount of hand-wringing. Or Presentations.

The same goes for any possible negative impacts on the treatment of Women and Children. If there is a problem, Women will now be right there to spot it and bring about rapid changes.

The fastest and by far most effective way of cutting off problems in anything with large revenues is to be a big part of that revenue stream.

Something I wish Women had learned about Sports in general long ago. Less bitching and more cutting off the revenues…where Women account for the majority…would have caused the NFL to deal with Domestic Violence and Rape.

Instead of just paying lip service and ignoring.

The problem…from Sexual Assaults & Harassment to Violence to Pornography to Racial & Social Issues…isn’t the problems.

It’s who we’re usually listening to for the solutions.