Monday, October 23, 2006

Sex & Violence Update

Two studies to warm libertarian hearts:

David Friedman reports on a study showing that increased availability of pornography (specifically via the internet) decreases the incidence of rape.

And Tyler Cower links to a study showing that violent movies decrease the incidence of violent crime.

Mind you, I haven't read either study, so I can't vouch for their reliability. But the basic arguments make sense: Virtual sex is a substitute for real sex; virtual mayhem is a substitute for real mayhem.

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