"Pornography is not benign"
I think victims of rape, kidnapping, and murder would agree with you. Those who were brutalized by people who warped their minds with porn, and then went out to act out their fantasies.
With that thought let's remember Danielle VanDamme - kidnapped, raped, and murdered by her seemingly "normal" neighbor, David Westerfield -whose mind was twisted by his fascination with porn.
Was it porn that twisted the mind? Or was it porn that the person used to try to divert an already twisted mind?
I used to look at porn about 20 years ago and noticed that it definetly activates our deviant darkside. It's never satisfying and causes people to act out of the darkside to feed it's promise of good feelings that just leave more emptiness.
Years ago, I read that vice cops who been out on the streets a long time will you that anytime they bust a sex offender, they will find reams of porn in his house and that the crimes he committed were inspired by his porn collection.
If only we could go back to the good old days, when there were no "rapes, kidnapping, or murder" since there wasn't any porn!
People like Westerfield and Bundy would have carried out their heinous crimes, even without their exposure to porn. Can I prove it? No, but then you have no causal evidence either: And Bundy making an execution eve interview blaming his crims on porn don't count.