Does porn kill love?

We look at whether Internet porn can be as addictive and destructive as a drug.

Embed

  1. Never before has a generation grown up with as much access to pornography as today's youth. The Internet and mobile phones have made streaming sexually illicit material fast, easy and cheap. The saturation of porn has spurred a backlash by groups saying the new, hardcore porn is socially and emotionally destructive. 

    Fight the New Drug, a US-based non-profit organization, started #PornKillsLove on Twitter to raise awareness about what it considers to be porn's harmful effects. 
  2. The group draws comparisons between the brain's chemical reaction to viewing pornography to the brain's reaction to drugs
  3. The New Anti-Porn Movement
  4. According to a Cambridge University study, some people who describe themselves as porn addicts develop changes in the 'reward centre', the same brain area that changes in drug addicts. 

    This process, according to Fight the New Drug, can affect relationships, entice violence and encourage the victimisation of women. 
  5. The group's assertion has triggered mixed reactions online.
  6. The scientific community is as divided as our online community about the effects of consuming hardcore pornography. One study notes that critics often draw conclusions based on assumptions that sexually explicit materials is socially and morally detrimental. Another study finds that the main voices in public debate about pornography and academia can be misleading because they "systematically exclude voices of consumers"
  7. Pornography is age-old, but some point to how technological shifts are changing sexual dynamics for youth. According to anti-pornography activist Gail Dines, who examined thousands of porn films and images, some sexual acts did not exist 10 years ago. She found the most popular depictions of women entail vaginal, oral and anal penetration by a number of men. 
  8. Porn these days preaches violation; the females are abused and treated like animals, and this degrade their female nature.
  9. Some online claim the aggressive nature of pornography cements negative stereotypes about women, often objectifying them: 
  10. Yes because it objectifies the woman. It tells the man watching it that a woman is an object for sex that he can do anything with and she would not object. This in turn decreases his respect for the women around him.
  11. What was once an adult activity is now available to the masses - from young to old.
  12. In some countries, the common solution to pornography is censorship. But some have used research to point to the importance of pornography to educate individuals about their body.  
17
Share

Share

Facebook
Google+