Skip to comments.Porn is destroying a generation of young people: expert
Posted on 03/13/2013 6:30:01 PM PDT by Morgana
MANASSAS, VA, March 12, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) An expert on sexual ethics and pornography has used a disturbing new report out of the UK to describe how the culture of easy access to pornography and sexual promiscuity is destroying a generation of young people.
Dr. Judith Reisman, visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law, commented on the recent findings of the report from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which found that from 2009 to 2012 more than 5,000 sexual assaults in England involved a child perpetrator raping or sexually assaulting another child. Dr. Judith Reisman
The offending children are ordinarily not aiming to do harm but rather to act grown up as they practice the fascinating, toxic stimuli adult society has coldheartedly loosed into their developmental environment," Dr. Reisman said.
Reisman pointed out that from the youngest age, children mimic what they see. She said that if they see sex acts, many children naturally practice what they see on vulnerable infants and children nearby.
We are allowing the cannibalization of our children, said Reisman.
NSPCC Policy Advisor Claire Lilley also linked the findings of her organization's report to pornography, warning that easy access to indecent material could be leading to an increase in the number of children needing help" by "warping young peoples views of what is normal or acceptable behavior.
Reisman pointed to research in neuroscience that has found that exposure to pornography can permanently alter the brain, triggering an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail.
And once new neurochemical pathways are established, they are difficult or impossible to delete, she said.
Pornographic images also cause secretion of the bodys fight or flight sex hormones, she explained. This triggers excitatory transmitters and produces non-rational, involuntary reactions. Media erotic fantasies become deeply imbedded, commonly coarsening, confusing, motivating, and addicting many of those exposed.
This scientifically documented, neurochemical imprinting affects children and teens especially deeply; their still-developing brains process emotions differently, with significantly less rationality and cognition than the adult brain, Reisman continued.
The mainstreaming of pornography since the 1950s directly coincides with the unprecedented explosion in sexual disease and a huge, exponential increase in new types of pornographic copycat sex crimes by and to juveniles and adults. Such facts should inform the legal arguments about free speech versus pornography in public and even private venues, Reisman concluded.
Anybody got a Valium, Xanax, Dilithium Crystal Meth??? ANYTHING???
I’ve not had any issues looking at porn....did I just say that out loud?
Change your grip....
This is the great unspoken problem of today's 20-somethings. Totally ignored by the MSM.
And the reason that the whole "health care" meme from the Dems resonated with them
When I was that age nobody gave a rip about health insurance.
When Johnny or Susie come down with bumps on the ya ya’s or something worse....it’s always somebodies else’s fault.
People are becoming so desensitized to romance due to porn and overt sexuality being every where. Mystery? What mystery?
I’d say we are acting like animals but even animals court.
Animals don’t view porn, but they act like animals. :-)
I’ve been viewing porn since the 1950s, and I’ve never committed a sexual crime or had a sexual disease. Also I like romance (e.g., Jane Austen books and movies).
I do think there’s too much soft porn in pop culture, though. I don’t think it’s right to obtrude it upon people’s attention who aren’t looking for it.
Damn! So much for that ‘4 hours-see Doctor thing? 6 DECADES!!!
No romance? How dreadful. I wonder how the romance novel business is going. I’ve been known to read a Danielle Steel now and then.
IMO too many young men know not love nor romance, nor how to interact socially, nor how to appreciate the average normal woman.....a woman not enhanced or injected nor puffed....
its the end of marriage and family, and the main reason we have too few children...
Individuals are not groups. Certainly there will be people for whom consistent exposure to porn will not cause great harm or damage, depending on what you describe as harm or damage, of course. It’s like the pot smokers I know, or the beer drinkers. Most claim no damaging effects... but, then again, we have no way of comparing that person to what would have been if they had been sober, either.
On the other hand, you can see changes in groups within society. I’ve been a teacher for the past two decades, and your eyes would bug out witnessing what passes for normative behavior at dances. About 15 years ago, teenagers started something called “grinding,” which is exactly what it sounds like - two teenagers simulating sex acts on a dance floor. We constantly stop it, and they constantly try to do it. Teenagers, in general, are sexualized in a manner that did not exist when I was the same age 40 years ago. It is normal for a couple to start being sexual active after getting to know each other on a friendly basis. What we used to call “romance” has almost completely vanished.
Of course, there are exceptions. And it’s also true that human nature is still there churning under the experiment of limitless, unfettered sex. I read a lot of essays from a lot of kids, and it is heartbreaking to read from girls who simply want a husband who is loyal and strong, a family that has not been broken apart, and a few kids in a stable household. The boys are, for the most part, lost and unable to traverse the divide between the porn hookup and a real relationship.
I agree with the writer. A vivid image has an enormous impact on a young mind, and a vivid image of high-definition copulation can’t help but influence thinking. Yes, yes, yes, people have always had erotica somewhere in their culture, but not in this volume or this availability. We’re in the midst of great social experiment started with the free love advocates of the early 20th century that included promotion of valueless sexuality, open expression of all sexual feelings, and shameless pornography. (Huxley used it as the basis for “Brave New World” in 1932.) In any case, we’re seeing the results of that thinking on an entire populations.
God help us.
I agree with the writer. A vivid image has an enormous impact on a young mind, and a vivid image of high-definition copulation cant help but influence thinking. Yes, yes, yes, people have always had erotica somewhere in their culture, but not in this volume or this availability. Were in the midst of great social experiment started with the free love advocates of the early 20th century that included promotion of valueless sexuality, open expression of all sexual feelings, and shameless pornography. (Huxley used it as the basis for Brave New World in 1932.) In any case, were seeing the results of that thinking on an entire populations.
God help us.
Thanks for this post.
We have lost so much.
“Ive not had any issues looking at porn”
Yeah, but what about:
“research in neuroscience that has found that exposure to pornography can permanently alter the brain, triggering an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail.”
The sad thing is that, like bad breath, you don’t even know that it’s happened to you, uh, that is, I mean those “lasting, biochemical memory trails” thingies, which I think means something like actual “Memories”, you know, like Replicants didn’t have enough of in Blade Runner, but you do, because you are a REAL human and not a Replicant. And because you looked at porn.
Actually, I think Facebook, Twitter and Obammunism will be far more instrumental in destroying a generation of our youth than porn.
So what are we talking here? A grody issue of SWANK that you’ve kept under your mattress for thirty years? In that case I would see no problem.
“Dr. Judith Reisman” whote 2 books exposing Kinsey and Indiana University, they are:
I have 1 question about Dr. Judith Reisman. Is she hot?
You stated that eloquently, and no doubt it was sincerely felt. The part of me that likes Jane Austen novels must respect it.
That having been said, though, I’m not willing to give up the freedom to make my own decisions. I don’t want Big Brother or the Nanny State telling me and other adults which sexual materials we can read or view (not as long as they are produced by consenting adults). At this point in world culture, it would take Taliban-like measures to suppress adult access to porn (and, of course, with adult access some of the porn will filter down to the young — when I was a teenager in the 1950s, my main source of “dirty books” was finding them by the side of the road in trash piles).
Oh, you could annoy a great many of us with milder measures, but it wouldn’t change anything substantially. There’s so much of it out there that you’d have to go door to door, confiscating it. To get anywhere close to the porn situation of the 1950s, you’d probably have to kill or imprision many millions of Americans — not just sex fiends but persons who live their lives pretty much as [other] decent persons do — and even then you might not be able to do it. The genie is already out of the bottle.
[I think a better solution is to expect people to control their actions better, as I’ll explain later (sorry for the length of this response, but I think this topic deserves more than quips from the anti-censorship side). As long as people are merely viewing the porn, they aren’t out having promiscuous sex and spreading diseases. It’s when they stop viewing it and try to act on their desires that the serious trouble begins.]
Speaking of bottles, I’m reminded of the Prohibition movement. Undoubtedly abuse of alcohol can cause harm, but used prudently it can bring pleasure. I don’t think it should be prohibited to all of us.
The same goes for other things capable of abuse: guns, cars (which kill thousands in accidents), airplanes — even romantic love. As poets have often observed, romantic love can be a form a madness. Jealousy probably causes far more murders than sexual lust. (When a murder takes place, the first suspect is usually the spouse.)
You speak of the graphic nature of modern hardcore porn, but I don’t believe that’s the crux of the problem. I can recall the milder forms that were publicly available in the late 50s. (Of course, as I understand it, “stag films” were graphic even back then.) Boys were sexually attracted to girls back then too. Whether the porn is extreme or not — and even without porn! — boys are going to be sexually attracted to many girls, the vast majority of whom won’t want to have sex with them. The gap between what they want and what they can have will always be there. They’ll always need to exercise self-control.
I think the key difference nowadays is that girls are more likely to let them have sex. Societal expectations have changed, and the social penalties for being a “bad girl” have diminished. Pop culture has changed that, not hardcore porn. The morality depicted — and promoted — has changed greatly since the 1950s. Popstars not pornstars are having the most influence on teenagers.
I don’t know whether you’re male or female, but let me go more into the topic of male sexuality. You emphasized the modern corruption of boys in particular. Boys, though — as far as I know — have always had sex on their minds (they may think of romance too, but not necessarily at the same time). When I was a boy and teenager, boys talked among themselves in a much more vulgar way than they did among girls. They had those thoughts, but they knew that few, if any, of the girls they knew were going to have sex with them (none in my case :-). They didn’t expect it.
Also many boys recognized the problems of rushing into real sexual relationships with girls they didn’t want to marry — especially, “going all the way” (for instance, getting a girl pregnant and feeling obliged or compelled to marry her). They wanted sex but didn’t want the possible consequences.
Society expects less self-discipline nowadays, and it’s not just about sex. Classrooms are more unruly. Parents and schools allow children get away with all kinds of things that they didn’t when I was a child.
People have always been tempted to do things they knew weren’t wise. Nowadays, though, expectations have been lowered. More and more it’s assumed that teenagers will not only think about sex but act upon those thoughts as well. They supposedly can’t help it. I don’t believe that (anymore than I believe that whoever has a taste of alcohol has to become an alcoholic).
Of course it has nothing to do with emasculation of males in goobermint schools, the favorable portrayal of macho women in popular drama, the ridiculing of masculine characters in the same media and in commercials, etc.
It's all those boys looking at porn.
Redpoll that was a good post.
I only pray it does not get worse.
Try explaining this to the average person these days. They look at you like you’re from Mars.
‘I have 1 question about Dr. Judith Reisman. Is she hot?”, NOPE!
So is it since 2009 or since the 1950s? Trouble keeping her story straight?
You do realise I’m being absurd? I’m funnin’ about?? I’ve no clue about “Blade Runner”. Cult movie? I’ve never been much on TV. I’ve spent most of my life outdoors...pop-culture ain’t my bag.
Pops never had Swank...Playboy only. ;-)
“You do realise Im being absurd? Im funnin about?? Ive no clue about Blade Runner. Cult movie? Ive never been much on TV. Ive spent most of my life outdoors...pop-culture aint my bag.”
Oh, indeed I do realize you were being absurd. I was being absurd back. Sorry my cultural allusions didn’t hit the mark.
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