New evidence points to porn’s destructiveness

June 29, 2010 03:45

Pornography, now deeply embedded in American culture, is considered in some quarters a harmless private pleasure, but there is new evidence that porn causes psychological damage to those who consume it.

By Barbara F. Hollingsworth at Washington Examiner

Citing numerous academic studies and her own clinical practice, Dr. Mary Anne Layden, a psychotherapist and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program, says that porn meets all the clinical definitions for addiction except that obscene images can never be detoxed from the addict’s brain.

“There is no credible evidence to suggest that porn does not in some way damage everybody who looks at it,” she told The Washington Examiner at a recent press conference on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Coalition for the War Against Illegal Pornography.

“There’s always an escalation process. We don’t know what the threshold is, and those with addictive personalities will start it earlier. But I see a lot of people who didn’t show any psychological problems before [viewing porn],” she said.

Viewers are not porn’s only victims. To feed this $7 billion industry, teenage girls and women can be held in sexual bondage right under the noses of local authorities.


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