Summary of Commission Findings of Harm from Pornography

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
3

The Commission divided pornography into four classifications and then analyzed each classification according to three tiers as set forth below:

  1. Sexually Violent Materials
    1. Social Science Evidence. -- Negative effects were found to have been demonstrated.
    2. Totality of Evidence. -- Harm found in all sub-tiers:
      1. Acceptance of Rape Myths;
      2. Degradation of the Class/Status of Women;
      3. Modeling Effect;
      4. Family
      5. Society
    3. Moral, Ethical and Cultural. Harm found.
  2. Sexual Activity Without Violence But with Degradation, Submission, Domination, or Humiliation
    1. Social Science Evidence. -- Negative effects were found to have been demonstrated.
    2. Totality of Evidence. -- Harm found in all subtiers:
      1. Acceptance of Rape Myths;
      2. Degradation of the Class/Status of Women;
      3. Modeling Effect;
      4. Family
      5. Society
    3. Moral, Ethical and Cultural. -- Harm found.
  3. Sexual Activity Without Violence, Degradation, Submission, Domination, or Humiliation

    All Commissioners agreed that some materials in this classification may be harmful, some Commissioners agreed that not all materials in this classification are not harmful. It was determined that this classification is a very small percentage of the total universe of pornographic materials. See text for further discussion.

  4. Nudity Without Force, Coercion, Sexual Activity, or Degradation

    All Commissioners agreed that some materials in this classification may be harmful, some Commissioners agreed that not all materials in this classification are not harmful. See text for further discussion.