Porn is fuelling a new, violent sexual ideology in our teens. It has to stop

Apr 29, 2015 by

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: I’ve been saying for quite some time that pornography is dangerous for more reasons than those that we typically discuss. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is spiritually dangerous. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is addictive, unhealthy, and unrealistic. Pornography is dangerous because it is becoming a new ideology of sex, in which women are objects to be abused and consumed and men are sexual aggressors, using the girls and women to physically extract as much so-called “pleasure” as possible. When I first spoke on this issue at the University of Ottawa with my fellow anti-porn colleagues Daniel Gilman and Peter Mahaffey, many people showed up angry, desperately wanting to refute the idea that porn fuels rape culture. But when it came time to take questions, there were none. As we heard from many people afterwards, the fact that pornography is a celebration of degradation was just too obvious. I’ve had this sick and disturbing fact confirmed by expert after expert. When I talked to Dr. Mary Anne Layden of the University of Pennsylvania, she explained to me that the sexual exploitation industries teach men something very simple: If you can buy something, you can steal it. And in ten years of working with sexual trauma victims, she’s discovered that pornography played a part in every single situation. Dr. Paul Jensen of the University of Texas told me that when he speaks to men, he just asks them a simple question: Does porn help you become the man you want to be? Men know instinctively, he says, that pornography does something dark and awful to them. My personal conversations with hundreds of high school students across the country have given me a heart-breaking and personal glimpse of how this generation struggles with the virus of pornography that has spread through their homes and their schools, their social networks and their entertainment. And thus, an article in the Daily Telegraph of the United Kingdom this week called “Pornography has changed the landscape of adolescence beyond all recognition” did not surprise me at all, in spite of the appalling details it revealed. Read here...

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Pornography has changed the landscape of adolescence beyond all recognition

Apr 23, 2015 by

By Allison Pearson, Telegraph: Sometimes you hear a story that is so awful that it refuses to leave your mind, no matter how fervently you beg it to go away. I was told one such story recently by a family doctor. Readers of a squeamish disposition may want to look away now. I was having dinner with a group of women when the conversation moved onto how we could raise happy, well-balanced sons and daughters who are capable of forming meaningful relationships in an age when internet pornography is as freely available as a glass of water. Porn has changed the landscape of adolescence beyond all recognition. Like other parents of our generation, we were on a journey without maps or lights, although the instinct to protect our children from the darkness was overwhelming. A couple of the women present said that they had forced themselves to have toe-curlingly embarrassing conversations with their teenagers on the subject. “I want my son to know that, despite what he might see on his laptop, there are things you don’t expect a girl to do on a first date, or a fifth date, or probably never,” said Jo. A GP, let’s call her Sue, said: “I’m afraid things are much worse than people suspect.” In recent years, Sue had treated growing numbers of teenage girls with internal injuries caused by frequent anal sex; not, as Sue found out, because she wanted to, or because she enjoyed it – on the contrary – but because a boy expected her to. “I’ll spare you the gruesome details,” said Sue, “but these girls are very young and slight and their bodies are simply not designed for that.” Her patients were deeply ashamed at presenting with such injuries. They had lied to their mums about it and felt they couldn’t confide in anyone else, which only added to their distress. When Sue questioned them further, they said they were humiliated by the experience, but they had simply not felt they could say no. Anal sex was standard among teenagers now, even though the girls knew that it hurt. Read here...

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South Africa!!! Major win against Playboy

Apr 22, 2015 by

From Dr Judith Reisman: Doctors for Life International is pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed with costs the application of On Digital Media t/a Starsa (previously TopTV), to appeal against the Cape High Court decision setting aside the decision of ICASA authorising the broadcasting of pornography on two of their South African television channels. Hopefully Doctors for Life will now be allowed to present conclusive scientific neurological evidence that has developed on the destructive effects and addictive nature of pornography on the brain, to ICASA. Doctors for Life International represents more than 1500 medical doctors and specialists in South Africa and abroad. DFL has commented extensively on these issues and has made submissions to the Constitutional Court and the Law Reform Commission in the past. For more information visit www.dfl.org.za Read commentary by Dr Judith Reisman here...

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‘Pornography addiction worry’ for tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds

Apr 2, 2015 by

By Patrick Howse, BBC News: A tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds fear they are “addicted” to pornography, an NSPCC ChildLine survey has concluded. One in five of nearly 700 youngsters surveyed said they had seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them, researchers found. The charity also says that 12% of those surveyed said they had taken part in, or had made, a sexually explicit video. It says that viewing porn is “a part of everyday life” for many of the children who contact its helpline. ChildLine has launched a campaign to raise awareness and provide advice to young people about the harmful implications of an over exposure to porn following the survey results. One boy under the age of 15 told ChildLine that he was “always watching porn, and some of it is quite aggressive”. He said: “I didn’t think it was affecting me at first but I’ve started to view girls a bit differently recently and it’s making me worried. “I would like to get married in the future but I’m scared it might never happen if I carry on thinking about girls the way I do.” Read here...

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Russell Brand just destroyed porn in one of the most jaw-droppingly awesome rants ever

Feb 26, 2015 by

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: It turns out even a broken clock is right twice a day. The notorious pseudo-revolutionary and unfunny British comedian Russell Brand has come out with a new video on his online “news” show The Trews—and it’s dedicated to a succinct, intelligent, and broad-ranging condemnation of pornography. Admitting the truth about pornography—that it is dangerously unhealthy andpromotes rape culture—is becoming increasingly mainstream. But for someone like Russell Brand—star of several pseudo-pornographic films, purveyor of yawningly stereotypical left-wing tropes, and admittedly having led a very promiscuous lifestyle—to detail the dangers of pornography in such an honest and open way is impressive to say the least. And honest and open he was. Brand begins the video by bemoaning the popularity of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, calling it “soft-core porn.” Soft-core porn, he notes, is changing the way we relate to one another. “Our attitudes towards sex have become warped and perverted,” Brand ranted, “and have deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means for procreation. Because our acculturation—the way we’ve designed it and expressed it—has become really, really, confused.” If you’re wondering if that was, in fact, Russell Brand who said that, I double-checked just to be sure. It was. “I heard a quote from a priest that said ‘pornography isn’t a problem because it shows too much, it’s a problem because it shows too little,” Brand told his audience. But this “priest” wasn’t intending to say that porn should feature more “filthy shots of things,” Brand noted. He was saying that “porn reduces the spectacle of sex to a kind of extracted physical act.” With impressive honesty and vulnerability, Brand pulled out a list of statistics detailing the negative aspects of pornography. Read here...

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As sex education becomes ever more explicit, pornography is not far away

Feb 13, 2015 by

by Mark Ellse, The Conservative Woman: As it proudly says on its website, ‘The Telegraph is campaigning for better sex education in secondary schools. We are calling for David Cameron to convene a group of experts to update the sex and relationships teaching material to reflect the digital era we live in.’ The Times Educational Supplement toes a similar line. The headline is, ‘Porn fills the gaps left by sex education, say young people.’ When we dig into the detail, we find this is based on a survey by the National Union of Students, who find that other young people ‘said that the issues they needed to know about were not covered’ in sex education lessons. The Labour party wants to introduce sex education at the age of five: for the Liberals it is seven. It’s an astonishingly early age when those of us with a few years behind us think about the age at which we learned even the basic facts of life. Yet from our own generation has come liberal abortion and divorce laws and an astonishing change in attitudes to homosexuality. Our generation was neither sexually ignorant, nor illiberal. What on earth is the motive behind the demand for so much more sex education? A wise old head was bold enough to write in his sex and drugs education policy: ‘We expect, when we teach science, for it to develop an interest in the children. We want them to go out, to find out more, to experiment. The more we teach them, the more they want them to be interested. And so, other than warning children that they should not take drugs and should avoid sexual behaviour until they are very much older, we avoid stimulating interest and activity, We say less rather than more.’ A thoughtful perspective, but it wouldn’t survive today’s Ofsted. Peter Tait, head of Sherborne Prep School, writing in The Telegraph recently says: ‘Too much information destroys childhood innocence’. It’s an understatement. In fact much sex education is exposing children to sexual material which will inevitably lead to sexual arousal. That may not be its aim, but it is its inevitable consequence. We are exposing children to pornography. Read...

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