Anti-Porn Advocates Not Surprised at Dayton, Ohio, Shooter’s ‘Pornogrind’ Metal Band and Obsession With Sexual Exploitation and Violence

The gunman in the Dayton, Ohio mass shooting, Connor Betts, was the lead singer in a “pornogrind” metal group, reports say, and their songs celebrated sexual exploitation and violence.

Betts, who shot and killed nine people and injured 27 Sunday was a member of a group called Menstrual Munchies, a three-person band that performed across the Midwest, according to BuzzFeed News.

The connection between the use and celebration of sexually violent porn and a mass shooting is not surprising for those who work to expose the harms of pornography and the social ills to which it contributes.

“Consuming pornography certainly plays a supporting role in men committing violence against women. That is because pornography creates in the mind of the viewer what sociologists call ‘permission giving beliefs,’” Laila Mickelwait, director of abolition at Exodus Cry, a prostitution abolitionist organization in the Kansas City area of Missouri, said in an email to The Christian Post Tuesday.

Such beliefs give “permission” to act out when it comes to sexual intrusion, assault and rape, she explained, citing the work of Michael Milburn, Roxanne Mather, and Sheree Conrad, whose findings show that males who were shown scenes that sexually objectified and degraded women and were then exposed to media that depicted rape indicated that the rape victim experienced pleasure and “got what she wanted.”

“A 2015 meta-analysis of twenty-two studies from seven countries also found that the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical aggression. Media is unquestionably powerful. Advertisers know this. If visual media wasn’t a potent influencer of thought and behavior, would companies continue to pay multiple millions of dollars for advertising slots during the Super Bowl?” Mickelwait continued.

“Media influence is a studied and researched force, exerted with a message, resulting in measurable change. This relationship has been described as the ‘media effect.’ Immunity from the effects of visual media simply does not exist, and pornography is certainly no exception.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter