Monday, January 12, 2009

Porn Up; Rape Down

While the nationwide incidence of rape was showing a drastic decline, the incidence of rape in the four states having the least access to the internet showed an actual increase in rape over the same time period. This result was almost too clear and convincing, so to check it I compiled figures for the four states having the most access to the internet. Three out of four of these states showed declines (in New Jersey, an almost 50% decline). Alaska was an anomaly: it increased both in internet access and incidence of rape. However, the population of Alaska is less than one-tenth that of the other three states in its category. To adjust for the disparity in population, I took the combined population of the four states in each table and calculated the percentage change in the rape statistics:

Four states with lowest internet access Increase in rape of 53%
Four states with highest internet access Decrease in rape of 27%

No need to thank me ladies, just doin' my job!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that just the effect of Gini coefficient and such?

11:26 PM  
Blogger Joanus said...

You also relize that that ifno comes from government funded research, so who know just how reliable that data is. Also Why are we funding this research? aren't we in an economic crsis.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

This just shows I do deserve some bailout money.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Joanus, chill, those are old figures. If you check the lawyer's page, you'll see that the study is from 2006. Sure it's government-funded, it's from university-conducted studies, how else do they do it?

Anyway, the stats are inconclusive at best, but it's funny because it still turns one of the most uninformed arguments against porn on it's head.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Jonas said...

Daniel, economic problems don't just happen in ten minutes, it takes years of bad choises and policies. For example 20 years of electing retarded renecks president.

(wow misspelt my own name, I should never use the computer drunk.)

But I do agree that the Porn should get a share of the bailout, and not just because I did a few dirty movies back in the day.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

"Also Why are we funding this research? aren't we in an economic crsis."

?

This is actually the second major recession we've had in twenty years. Remember the dot com bubble of the nineties? This is far worse. I think the last recession this bad was in 1971. Anyway, this is merely the result of a mostly unregulated market. This kind of crap will continue to happen as long as the feds, speculators, etc. refuse to listen to economists (economists predicted the dot com bubble as well as the more recent real estate bubble).

I'm still not convinced this bailout is a good idea, but if any industry deserves it, why not the one that keeps the internet alive?

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anders said...

I for one can certainly see that porn would decrease the desire to rape; Just have a wank instead!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Porn is better than rape.
Pot is better than beer.
Condoms is better than teen pregos.

I'm sure the same goes for violence in the media. I bet people in Afghanistan, Congo or Darfur don't watch a lot of TV.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can't masturbate either.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, I knew porn would come in handy after all :)

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, internet access is correlated to high GDP, which is correlated to low Gini coefficient (a measure of income inequality), which is very strongly correlated to low crime rates: just look at a list of the most equal countries - japan and scandinavia (they also have low crime rates) - and least equal ones - african and south american ones (in particular south-africa and brazil, which have very high crime rates). So I think it would take some better stats to affirm a direct correlation between porn and rape rate rather than a correlation that is also partly related to other factors.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Good Christians" still use the "Moon Dust" argument, they don't care about facts or even bare coherence.

5:03 AM  

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