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dreamstime_xs_30770881.jpgThe relationship between pornography and society has undergone significant changes over the past few years. Though it was once condemned as taboo – both as a subject of discussion and a product for consumption – today, pornography has managed to transgress an array of traditionally-held societal and cultural borders, becoming widely accepted across Western society.

With mainstream culture having so readily adopted pornography into the fold as a socially acceptable norm, many experts have likened pornography to a debilitating disease with serious physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications.

Emerging research has linked this noticeable increase in exposure to pornography during our everyday lives with rising prevalence rates of addiction to pornography itself – as the number of pornography addicts in Australia continues to steadily increase.

The fact that vast quantities of porn are so easily available – an instantly gratifying stimulus that varies in its degrees of graphic, explicit, and violent natures – can be seen as a highly influential factor contributing to these rates. Due to the brain's own incredibly adaptive nature, pornography can – with its sudden, intense neurological reward – foster a powerful sense of dependency within an individual.

As a potent stimulus, pornography – much like any other drug – can manipulate the brain into needing more gratifying stimuli of greater strength.

If left unsatisfied in either the frequency or the intensity of their porn use, an addict can experience various withdrawal-type symptoms including:

  •     persistent cravings for pornography
  •     unwanted sexual thoughts and compulsions
  •    loss of concentration
  •     frequent mood swings
  •    feelings of hopelessness and despair
  •    anxiety and low self-esteem
  •    anger, guilt, and shame
  •    difficulties in sleeping
  •    difficulty in performing daily chores
  •    progressing intimacy difficulties
  •    development of pornography induced erectile dysfunction, (PIED)
A pornography addiction can also put an increased strain on both individuals in a relationship –  interfering with a couple's ability to develop and maintain a strong sense of intimacy between each other. A romantic relationship without affection, trust, and desire is unlikely to last.

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Today simply too many innocent young men and women are being misled, and their minds poisoned, about gender differences and sexuality by mind distorting depictions of gross pornography.

Pornography where wounded and troubled young women and sexually depraved minded males are allowing themselves to be used in the world of pornographic assults and putrid distortions of sex and humiliating, aggressive violence.

As difficult as it maybe to believe that even though such forms of sexual behaviour may and do happen in life the pornographic exhibition is  not the way and methods loving sexual relations are to normally be conducted. 

Here is a beautifully delivered, critically important message, for adoleslent young boys who need respectful guidance from their male models and ADULT MINDED Mentors .

Leading onto Problems with Pornography


The Anatomy of Violence

In this book Adrian Raine argues that we must fight crime with biology   
taken from an Interview with Mind Matters Editor Gareth Cook.

What is science revealing about the nature of the criminal mind?

Adrian Raine, as professor at the university of Pennsylvania, is an expert in the expanding field of “neurocriminology.”
He has written The Anatomy of Violence, a sweeping account of crime’s biological roots,
including genetics, neuro-anatomy and environmental toxins like lead. 

Adrian Raine spoke with Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.  

Gareth Cook: The study of the links between biology and violence has a controversial and somewhat unsavoury past.
Can you tell me a bit about that, and what convinced you it is still a worthy topic?

Adrian Raine: Neurocriminology pushes a lot of peoples’ buttons for lots of different reasons.
There’s the obvious historical misuse of biological research –
think of the eugenics movement in this country when we sterilised mentally retarded people in an attempt
to raise the overall IQ of the general population.
Think of Hitler and the genocide that took place.
So there’s always a potential for misuse, so of course we must tread carefully.
But we also have to move forward to find new solutions to old problems, and neuroscience is
offering us new vistas into the criminal mind that may in the future help us reduce violence.
We need not resort to drastic measures to change the brain as we did in the past with frontal lobectomies.

Adolescent sexuality expert Maree Crabbe on pornography's impact on young people.
Technology has enabled the proliferation of pornography, making it so pervasive that it has become the main sex educator for many young people. This is a profound problem because it gives a distorted view of sexuality and human relations, predominantly involves violence against women and encourages hazardous practices.

It is causing young people confusion and anxiety, and they are feeling pressure to mimic acts that are common in pornography but that many girls, in particular, find distasteful, degrading or painful.

Research shows more than nine in 10 Australian boys aged 13 to 16 and more than six in 10 girls in the same age group have seen pornography online.
They can seek it out anonymously and effortlessly. Many, too, stumble upon it inadvertently through internet search engines.

Maree Crabbe
Maree Crabbe is an expert on young people and sexuality. Photo: Simon Schluter
A doctor looks at a heroin addict's brain scans.
New research shows men who say they are addicted to porn … develop changes in the same area – the reward centre – that changes in drug addicts.' Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

The Cambridge University neuropsychiatrist Dr Valerie Voon has recently shown that men who describe themselves as addicted to porn (and who lost relationships because of it) develop changes in the same brain area – the reward centre – that changes in drug addicts.

Neurosceptics may argue that pictures of the brain lighting up in addicts tell us nothing new – we already know they are addicted.
But they do help: knowing the reward centre is changed explains some porn paradoxes.
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