How does pornography hurt people?

In the first place, pornography harms users by teaching them to view persons of the opposite sex not as what they are—as persons with intrinsic dignity and worth—but as objects to be used for the users’ own gratification. The more a person uses pornography, the more ingrained an unrealistic and dehumanizing view of sex will become.

Pornography also harms spouses, who end up being treated as objects. They are used rather than loved. And they are unable to live up to the standards of the pornography user’s fantasy partners (also true for unmarried individuals). Unable to capture the thrill they are after any other way, users may even encourage their spouses to act out their degrading fantasies.

Everyone involved in the porn industry is also harmed. Their own view of sexuality becomes twisted and warped as they seek to provide the user with the material he craves. They commit sin after sin in the process of producing and distributing pornography.

The Catechism states that pornography, “does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world” (CCC 2354).