Pornography used to be something hidden and shameful. In recent years it has become disturbingly mainstream. It’s talked about regularly on television and portrayed as normal as well as being discussed in general conversation.
Research shows that 35% of Internet users in Australia have viewed pornography or visited a sex-oriented matchmaker site. That’s around 4.3 million Australians.
Author and acclaimed Neuroscientist Dr. William Struthers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton University and author of the book Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography hijacks the male brain.
“Our reproduction organs are often given too much attention in the discussion of sexuality,” say Dr. Struthers. “It is the brain, however, where we feel the sexual longing, the arousal, the focus and the ecstasy that comes from sexual intimacy.
Pornography takes human sexuality out of its natural context, intimacy between two human beings, and makes it a product to be bought and sold.”
“Repeated exposure to pornography changes the way our brains see each other. Repeated exposure to any stimulus results in neurological circuit making. Pornography is the consumption of
sexual poison that becomes part of the fabric of the mind”
He’s just finished touring Australia giving audiences an insight into the harmful effects of porn. I had the opportunity to chat to him just before he jumped on a plane to head home. You can hear our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.
If you’d like more information about how porn is affecting our communities or how to break free from pornography, vist the Guilty Pleasure website.
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