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Reisman Won Playboy Libel Suit | Posted: December 11, 2011

Study Says Porn Magazines Promote Children As Sexual Objects

Fundamentalist Journal, February 1986, Volume 5, Issue 2 (original)
Fundamentalist Journal, February 1986, Volume 5, Issue 2, p. 64, excerpt

Dr. Judith A. Reisman, in a study funded by the Justice Department, has reported that Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler magazines--the country's three top-selling magazines of erotic literature--are responsible for promoting children as sexual objects.

"From the very beginning, since 1954 (when Playboy released its first issue), children have appeared in sexual contexts with adults in these magazines," Dr. Reisman reported.

As a whole, the magazines typically begin by using cartoons of children in sexual or violent situations.

The number of cartoons depicting children as either the recipients or initiators of sex or violence total 1,854 illustrations among the three magazines.

After a period of time the magazines use "pseudo-children"--nude models over l8-years of age--to portray young children in sexual contexts.

A "pseudo-child" is designated as such if the photo spread depicts the child in pigtails, oversize shoes, sucking her thumb, with baby dolls or teddy bears by her side, wearing bobby socks, sitting on an oversize chair, or wearing diapers, among a variety of other props depicting childhood.

Over the past three decades (32 years for Playboy, 16 years for Penthouse, and 11 years for Hustler), the magazines have carried 681 pseudo-children photo spreads.

"In summary," Dr. Reisman reported, "over 6,000 depictions of children were found in these three magazines alone from 1954-1984."