Have you seen the movie? I have, but I don’t remember anything about it accept for something about an affair, and Jamie Lee Curtis doing some sort of erotic dance in black lingerie. It figures that this may be the most memorable scene for a man who has gone through the experiences I have over the course of my life. It seems as if the driving reality of my lifetime is that I am a sexual being first and everything else seems to fade away in comparison to this drive. Continue reading →
It will not be an image of power that tends to corrupt or absolute power that corrupts absolutely. It will be power infused with love and justice, that will change dark yesterday’s into bright tomorrows, and lift us from the fatigue of dispair to the buoyancy of hope. A dark, desperate, confused, and sin-sick world waits for this new kind of man and this new kind of power.
We might say the real problem with pornography isn’t that it shows us too much sex, but that it doesn’t show us enough—it cannot possibly give us an experience of real intimacy. Porn treats sex one-dimensionally, packages it in pixels, and rips it from its relational context. It only titillates us with images of sex but cannot offer the experience of closeness with another person.
excerpt from: Your Brain on Porn. By: Luke Gilkerson
Controversy about whether pornography addiction exists
On August 15, 2011 the American Society of Addiction Medicine issued a public statement defining all addiction (including sexual behavior addiction) in terms of brain changes. “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”
The following excerpts are taken from the FAQs:
“The new ASAM definition makes a departure from equating addiction with just substance dependence, by describing how addiction is also related to behaviors that are rewarding. This is the first time that ASAM has taken an official position that addiction is not solely “substance dependence.” This definition says that addiction is about functioning and brain circuitry and how the structure and function of the brains of persons with addiction differ from the structure and function of the brains of persons who do not have addiction. It talks about reward circuitry in the brain and related circuitry, but the emphasis is not on the external rewards that act on the reward system. Food and sexual behaviors and gambling behaviors can be associated with the “pathological pursuit of rewards” described in this new definition of addiction.” (Emphasis added) Continue reading →