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Is pornography driving men crazy?
CNN ^ | 6/30/11 | Naomi Wolf

Posted on 07/30/2011 7:13:52 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat

It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks.

Of course, the heightened technological ability nowadays to expose private behavior is part of the reason for this change. But that is precisely the point: so many of the men caught up in sex-tinged scandals of late have exposed themselves – sometimes literally – through their own willing embrace of text messages, Twitter, and other indiscreet media.

What is driving this weirdly disinhibited decision-making? Could the widespread availability and consumption of pornography in recent years actually be rewiring the male brain, affecting men’s judgment about sex and causing them to have more difficulty controlling their impulses?

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence to support this idea. Six years ago, I wrote an essay called “The Porn Myth,” which pointed out that therapists and sexual counselors were anecdotally connecting the rise in pornography consumption among young men with an increase in impotence and premature ejaculation among the same population. These were healthy young men who had no organic or psychological pathology that would disrupt normal sexual function.

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1 posted on 07/30/2011 7:13:58 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Interesting quote:

This dopamine effect explains why pornography tends to become more and more extreme over time: ordinary sexual images eventually lose their power, leading consumers to need images that break other taboos in other kinds of ways, in order to feel as good. Moreover, some men (and women) have a “dopamine hole” – their brains’ reward systems are less efficient – making them more likely to become addicted to more extreme porn more easily.

Sounds like what Christian anti-porn crusaders have been saying for years.

2 posted on 07/30/2011 7:15:23 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I'm reminded of this:

Lust is Lurking

(by Chuck Swindoll)

I think of the gentleman I met several years ago-a fine itinerant Bible teacher. He said he had been keeping a confidential list of men who were once outstanding expositors of the Scripture, capable and respected men of God... who have shipwrecked their faith on the shoals of moral defilement. During the previous week, he said, he had entered the name of forty-two in his book. This sad, sordid statistic, he claims, caused him to be extra cautious and discreet in his own life. Perhaps, by now, he has added a couple dozen more.

A chill ran down my spine when he told that story. No one is immune. You're not. I'm not. Lust is no respecter of persons...lts alluring voice can infiltrate the most intelligent mind and cause its victim to believe its lies and respond to its appeal. And beware-it never gives up...it never runs out of ideas. Bolt your front door and it'll rattle at the bedroom window, crawl into the living room through the TV screen, or wink at you out of a magazine in the den...

Lust is persistent. If it's knocked on your door once, it'll knock again. And again. You are safe just so long as you draw upon your Savior's strength. Try to handle it yourself and you'll lose-every time. This is why we are warned again and again in the New Testament to flee sexual temptations. Remember, lust is committed to wage war against your soul-in a life-and-death struggle-in hand- to-hand combat. Don't stand before this mortal enemy and argue or fight in your own strength-run for cover...lf you get yourself into a situation that leaves you defenseless and weak, if your door is left even slightly ajar, you may be sure that this ancient enemy will kick it open with six-guns blazing. So don't leave it open. Don't give lust a foothold-or even a toehold.

Col. 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

3 posted on 07/30/2011 7:16:20 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

When I was 17 we had a country neighbor who was 16. Now she nearly drove me crazy. She would lead me to water but she would not let me drink.

She later won the local county beauty contest. She deserved it too.


4 posted on 07/30/2011 7:18:05 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks”

then how do you know they existed?


5 posted on 07/30/2011 7:19:14 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Doubt it, does anyone know how to keep squirrels off your desk,????


6 posted on 07/30/2011 7:19:26 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Pornography has become more explicit over the years. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, for example, Playboy magazine didn’t show full frontal nudity. Now they do and have for years.

I don’t read any of those magazines, but I understand that some such as Hustler, now show urination and sexual situations with naked men and women. Things have gone from various stages of undress to full sexual situations.

And with the internet, I’m sure it’s no holds barred on what you can find.


7 posted on 07/30/2011 7:19:34 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: yarddog

Is pornography driving men crazy?

Yes, but only when I have to use my left hand to turn the ignition key.


8 posted on 07/30/2011 7:20:18 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (Ryan's the one.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

If God says it’s not good for us, it’s not.


9 posted on 07/30/2011 7:21:01 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

No, it’s making them go blind!


10 posted on 07/30/2011 7:21:19 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Persevero

Which reference do you go to for that?


11 posted on 07/30/2011 7:23:40 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: org.whodat

pepper spray, and they’ll remember


12 posted on 07/30/2011 7:28:15 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

I go mostly to the teaching that Jesus gave in the gospels:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old,‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5)

Here we are told that to commit adultery even with our eyes makes us hellbound, it is better to be sightless; a pretty strong condemnation.

Then if you search against all the warnings against adultery as the soul destroying activity that it is, this just undergirds the warning.

I find the plea in Proverbs 5 to be especially poignant:

” My son, keep your father’s command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
When you roam, they[b] will lead you;
When you sleep, they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
For by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
And an adulteress[c] will prey upon his precious life.
Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.


13 posted on 07/30/2011 7:30:09 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
” Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious..”

This statement really irritates me. It's the same logic used by Eleanor Clift to excuse Clinton for his escapades. Are we supposed to think that Anthony Weiner did his texting etc. because he was a powerful and thus sexually aggressive man? That's pathetic. What is a ‘powerful’ man? Someone who doesn't have the power to control their own appetites? Someone who is too narcissistic to look beyond themselves? If you can't control yourself you're not that ‘powerful’.

14 posted on 07/30/2011 7:30:51 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Recovering_Democrat

15 posted on 07/30/2011 7:33:26 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Recovering_Democrat

The Marquis de Sade wrote all his stuff before the advent of internets porn. Nabokov, too. Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

Seems that there have been a number of high-profile sex scandals before Algor invented cheap free gigabytes of pr0n.


16 posted on 07/30/2011 7:33:53 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Recovering_Democrat
The problem with this analysis is that the effects attributed to freely available porn have been known and recognized as part of the sexual drive for decades before porn was much of an option.

Sex involves a balance of libido and aggression. Highly aggressive men, such as those driven to seek power, are likely to have sexual preferences colored by aggression more than the average. It has always been thus. And it has been noted by psychological observers for many years that as time passes, sexuality becomes more dominated by aggression at the expense of libido.

What is important about porn is that it allows the free flow of aggression into the sexual drive in the absence of a love object evoking the balancing effects of attachment and love. It accelerates the objectification of the sexual image and essentially turns the woman into a fetish instead of a person.

17 posted on 07/30/2011 7:34:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: org.whodat

Doubt it, does anyone know how to keep squirrels off your desk,????

Search youtube for squirrel catapult


18 posted on 07/30/2011 7:34:45 PM PDT by listenhillary (2007 deficit 160 Billion, 2008 - 458 billion, 2009 -1.4 Trillion, 2010 - 1.6 Trillion)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I believe Winston Churchill claimed that he had a low sex drive which allowed him to concentrate on more important things.

Of course old Winston had a bunch of kids so it wasn’t all that low.


19 posted on 07/30/2011 7:36:59 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Recovering_Democrat

The idea that a woman has complete domain over her own body —isn’t that an idea central to feminism..?

Sounds like intolerance to me....


20 posted on 07/30/2011 7:37:48 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Recovering_Democrat

What about the paradigm shift over the last decade: Now, when you hear about a teacher having sex with students it is ALWAYS a female teacher.

Yes, I said always.


21 posted on 07/30/2011 7:39:02 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

wh-wh-a-wha-what?


22 posted on 07/30/2011 7:42:19 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Doogle

23 posted on 07/30/2011 7:42:33 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

There’s a story of an old native American talking to his grandson. He says “in me there are two wolves locked in battle. One is good, kind, and virtuous. The other is cruel, selfish, and wicked.”

“Which one will win Grandfather?” the boy asks.

“Wichever I feed more.” he replies


24 posted on 07/30/2011 7:46:20 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: Persevero

Sure, I can agree with that.

I have long wondered about Mt 5:28 though, and I would be interested to discuss my wonder.

“woman” is Strong’s 1135: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1135&t=KJV

1) a woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow
2) a wife
a) of a betrothed woman

Now please, correct me if I’m wrong, but adultery was, and is a crime that occurs when one or both of the participants are married. So surely, Jesus is saying adultery can occur in the heart, ie. when one or both of the participants are married, which is what adultery means. Why would we assume that he is extending adultery to the unmarried?

If unmarried, perhaps they are committing fornication in their hearts, but not adultery, since that is not what adultery means.

Thoughts? I’ve just long wondered about that one.

I just checked a couple of French bibles, wondering if they use mademoiselle or madame, but they use femme, so there’s no clarification there.


25 posted on 07/30/2011 7:47:08 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Is FR turning into DU? all this week Freepers have been posting articles from Politico, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Nation, and quoting Dana Millbank to trash Boehner, now Naomi Wolf is an authority?

Good lord am I in a parallel universe?


26 posted on 07/30/2011 7:48:35 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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27 posted on 07/30/2011 7:49:37 PM PDT by CtBigPat (Free Republic - The grown-ups table of the internet.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Wolf is a died in the wool feminist.

A friend of a friend told me of a couple who´ve had a great monogamous marriage through porn goin’ on near 40 years.

¨Yes. Well, I guess people do those things.¨


28 posted on 07/30/2011 7:51:28 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I think someone posted this a few weeks ago.


29 posted on 07/30/2011 7:52:37 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: org.whodat

“Doubt it, does anyone know how to keep squirrels off your desk,????”

Have you tried the Binford 3000 squirrel remover? Arghhh arghhh arghhh.


30 posted on 07/30/2011 7:53:08 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (As long as the MSM covers for Obama, he will be above the law)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

porn ping


31 posted on 07/30/2011 7:54:26 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways.

Like that never has happened before in history.

Here's an idea: why not elect people we can actually respect and even look up to instead of sleaze bags whose morals and habits make them utterly temptable and totally vulnerable to blackmail and worthy of nothing more than our disgust?

Might as well start now.

32 posted on 07/30/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Persevero

Proverbs 5 is really good for this subject.


33 posted on 07/30/2011 7:55:32 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: onedoug

A friend of a friend told me of a couple who´ve had a great monogamous marriage through porn goin’ on near 40 years.

Monogamous in name only. If you have to have porn to keep the sex interesting, then you are not really trying or your brain is overstimulated by porn.


34 posted on 07/30/2011 7:55:56 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: yarddog
When I was 17 we had a country neighbor who was 16. Now she nearly drove me crazy. She would lead me to water but she would not let me drink.

She later won the local county beauty contest. She deserved it too.

Rats.  I thought the punch line was going to be "and later, it was learned that she was gay."  heh

35 posted on 07/30/2011 7:56:38 PM PDT by MNnice (Showing fresh signs of liberalitis, the strain of the orbital muscles due to excessive eye rolling)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
Far as I can say,

people not wearing a whole lot (ie bikinis) is not very classy to say the least,

people being vain and trying to be overly alluring (ie too much makeup, too much money on clothes, too much thought/effort on appearance in general) is bad/sinful,

porn/nudity is really bad/ really sinful,

Cowboy hats are awesome.

Your thought on above mentioned items? This is a topic I've long wondered about as well.

36 posted on 07/30/2011 7:57:12 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

This thread is no good without pictures.


37 posted on 07/30/2011 7:57:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Sex drives men crazy!! Furthermore, the craziness is genetically transmitted to more and more male babies through the "side effect" of biological reproduction!!!
38 posted on 07/30/2011 8:00:20 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: faucetman

And the palm of which ever hand they use to....ahem...gets hairy. My grandmother never let me sleep with my hands under the sheets. Always had to be visible.


39 posted on 07/30/2011 8:00:35 PM PDT by dools0007world (uestion)
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To: Revolting cat!
Skeet skeet bang bang.


40 posted on 07/30/2011 8:01:11 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Could the widespread availability and consumption of pornography in recent years actually be rewiring the male brain, affecting men’s judgment about sex and causing them to have more difficulty controlling their impulses?

Could men be EVEN MORE DEFECTIVE than we feminists have always believed? Read more for the SHOCKING answer!

41 posted on 07/30/2011 8:02:44 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Recovering_Democrat

42 posted on 07/30/2011 8:03:28 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: org.whodat
Doubt it, does anyone know how to keep squirrels off your desk,????

Flamethrower.
43 posted on 07/30/2011 8:04:55 PM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
therapists and sexual counselors were anecdotally connecting the rise in pornography consumption among young men with an increase in impotence and premature ejaculation

How does that work?

44 posted on 07/30/2011 8:07:23 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Sexual scandals never existed before the Internet.

Men were all perfectly well-behaved and in control.

45 posted on 07/30/2011 8:08:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: MNnice

Naw this girl was a nice girl but she really was hot. I remember one day she was standing in front of me on the school bus, waiting for someone to move over for her.

She was wearing a pants suit and boy she was attractive. It was all I could do to keep from grabbing her derriere which was perfectly shaped.

Actually she had sort of a sad life. She married one of my friends, a good guy and they had 3 beautiful and athletic daughters. She died of cancer before she was 40.

It is odd but one night when I was around 17,I dreamed about her. We happened to meet between our houses. She looked at me right in the eyes. I saw the saddest brown eyes I have ever seen. The dream really bothered me and yes I still wonder if I had a premonition that she would die and leave her husband a widower and her children without a Mother. That dream literally bothered me for years.


46 posted on 07/30/2011 8:12:26 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Recovering_Democrat

If this is the same Naomi Wolf who had been affiliated with many marxist/socialist and anti-men organizations, then avoid her like the clap.

She is a “hater”, of men, of America, of Israel, of free enterprise, of democracy.

In fact, many women don’t like her extremism at all. She is Gloria Steinem on steroids, and with hairy armpits.


47 posted on 07/30/2011 8:15:45 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Cheburashka

http://www.lectlaw.com/files/fun13.htm


48 posted on 07/30/2011 8:20:40 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

I know our current definition, legally, of adultery, is a married person having sex outside of their marriage.

However, Jesus seems to be teaching that any sex outside of marriage is a breach of the 7th commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Each commandment cover sins in that category.

For example, “Thou shalt not steal,” covers refusal to work, moving someone’s boundary marker, refusing to tithe, as well as stuff like grabbing someone’s money.

“Thou shalt not commit adultery,” covers any unBiblical sex act, whether homosexual behavior, rape, fornication or bestiality or whatever.

That’s the general understanding: that the ten commandments is the condensed list for the sins far more elaborately described and condemned throughout Scripture.


49 posted on 07/30/2011 8:21:58 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

It should be illegal...too many criminals and such are emboldened and sustained by porn. The Meese report about it years ago clearly showed that.


50 posted on 07/30/2011 8:22:47 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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