Pornography & Porn Addiction

Mitt Romney Tries Sex Both Ways, and Loses

Ever obsessed with pornography, “decency” activists are going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for being soft on porn while sitting on the board of the Marriott hotel chain. What a pleasure to see conservative Christian sharks eating one of their own. It’s the delicious sequel to the American Family Association demanding that (Mormon) Brigham Young University refuse future million-dollar donations from the Marriott family because the cash is “tainted by porn.” Romney’s latest critics include Phil Burress, the self-proclaimed “porn addict” who’s trying to clean up Ohio (his motto: porn ruins your marriage, and if it doesn’t, gays will);…

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California Senate Actually Protects Our Sexuality—Twice

A little-known government body—the California Senate Committee on Public Safety— got it right twice last week. They actually enhanced the safety of Californians by defeating two bills that had sailed through the state Assembly without a single dissent. The first, AB1067, required “blinders” on store displays featuring magazines with “harmful matter” on the cover. The second, AB1475, mandated computer repair technicians to report “pornographic images of children” they find while fixing a machine. Both are examples of good intentions (protecting young people from inappropriate sexual experiences) mixed with hysteria (the belief that those potential experiences are terribly common, and always…

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Porn? “That’s Just Like A Man”

A reader named Janet has sent a vitriolic response to my criticism of the concept “victims of porn” in Sexual Intelligence. She says, “You totally missed the real victims…there is no pornography without the object of lust…this sends so many girls down a path of self-destruction, eventual shame and abuse in the porno world…where their self-esteem is forever damaged. They typically end up like Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole…confused, sad, and powerless to end their own misery.” This is a great example of the confusion and sex-negativity in the anti-porn world. They believe that lust is dangerous; that working…

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