‘adult entertainment’

Does “Sex Addiction” Exist? Does It Matter What You Call It?

One of America’s major websites is running a front page article today about “sex addiction.” The primary expert featured in the story is… me. That’s only fair, since I’ve spent years challenging the very concept. No reasonable person can deny that some people are involved with sex (e.g., via pornography, prostitutes, affairs, romance novels, anonymous pickups) in an unhealthy way. But the concept of “sex addiction” is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Why does it matter what you call it? Well, “frigidity” was a well-known diagnostic category for a long time. When physicians diagnosed a woman…

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Parents, Porn Isn’t the Problem

If porn were the problem, we’d all be in big trouble. Because there’s more porn out there than ever. And there’s more porn hysteria than ever. It’s a PornPanic, fed by a 24/7 machine of “morality” groups, crime shows, right wing talk shows, misguided neo-feminists, and everyday wives and husbands whose relationships are struggling while porn sites prosper. For example, America just finished WRAP—White Ribbon Against Pornography Week. (It used to be Pornography Awareness Week, until porn retailers started using it as a marketing slogan to increase sales. Now that’s guerrilla theatre worthy of Paul Krassner.) Like all anti-porn efforts,…

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“Garden-Variety Porn?”

I testified as an expert witness last week in San Diego. Mr. N. was on trial for allegedly molesting his three nephews and raping his niece. The police found 5,000 porn images on his computer, which was being pushed as a key piece of evidence. The defense attorney requested my testimony about the typical relationship between collecting porn and violating people. The American trial system is frankly adversarial. That means the government’s lawyer tried to make me look like an unqualified, prejudiced, drooling idiot. Of course, people do that in other parts of one’s life, but they usually don’t admit…

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Caution: Karl Rove Was Hazardous To Your Sex Life

Karl Rove has built his career on terrifying people. An equal-opportunity offender, he has directed our government’s successful attempts to panic Americans about terrorism, international diplomacy, taxation, mainstream media, and the judicial system. And homosexuality, stem cell research, promiscuity, pornography, teen sexuality, and naughty words on TV. Karl Rove has reminded us that very little can motivate people more than fear. Those of us who believe in sexuality—and democracy, reason, and science—haven’t found a reliable alternative yet. Karl Rove conceived the brilliant strategy of putting “gay marriage” initiatives on state ballots to drive conservative voters to the polls—who then voted…

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