Posts Tagged ‘Porn’

Porn and the shaping of our brains Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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Porn, and the way it is shaping our individual and collective cultural mindset, has moved on dramatically since I last wrote on the subject for this title six years ago. Sexually explicit material is no longer on the fringes of our culture; it’s in the mainstream. Yet while the ‘dirty secret’ about porn is well Read more

Boys’ addictions — porn, video games, ritalin Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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In the UK today, a young person is more likely to have a television in their bedroom than a father in their house by the end of their childhood. And even if fathers are around, their sons don’t engage with them much: boys spend 44 hours in front of a TV, smartphone or computer screen Read more

Is pornography addiction real? Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Maybe we should ask the experts–those seeking help. There is much debate about whether or not pornography is addictive. Pornography addiction is controversial even among professional therapists. This debate heated up when the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Psychiatric Disorders (DSM-V) for therapists did not include sexual addiction as a clinical diagnosis. Read more

Church cannot shy away from talking about sex Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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A common activity in youth work is to use the day’s newspapers to help start a discussion with young people. I can only imagine the apprehension of any church youth leaders using this activity last Wednesday. The Daily Mail headline, ‘Minister: My fear for boys warped by porn’ could have produced a rather uncomfortable conversation. Read more

Christ and a growing rural addiction Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013
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Pastoral Letter Most Rev Gerard J Holohan Bishop of Bunbury 29th September 2013 The Rural Financial Counselling Service reported recently that the number of rural people within Western Australia succumbing to internet pornography addiction, drug use and depression, is growing. Research shows internet pornography addiction to be a rapidly growing problem across Australia and overseas. Read more

Hotels and the pornography plague Comments 1

Friday, September 13th, 2013
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A bit more than a year ago, we wrote on Public Discourse a letter we had sent to the chief executive officers of our nation’s largest hotel chains, respectfully asking them to stop offering pornography in their hotel rooms. “We are, respectively, a Christian and a Muslim, but we appeal to you not on the Read more

The problem with porn Comments 0

Friday, May 24th, 2013
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Technology has enabled the proliferation of pornography, making it so pervasive that it has become the main sex educator for many young people. This is a profound problem because it gives a distorted view of sexuality and human relations, predominantly involves violence against women and encourages hazardous practices. It is causing young people confusion and Read more

50% of all child sex abuse cases linked to online porn Comments 0

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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The Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz, in her study of sexual exploitation by urban gangs found that the “use and impact” of pornography was a major factor in 48 percent of interviews with abuse victims and perpetrators. The highly easy access of porn online skewed young people’s views about what is “acceptable, required or expected” Read more

Priest apologises for gay porn on memory stick at first Confession class Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2012

A Catholic priest from Co Tyrone who “inadvertently” displayed gay pornographic images to a group of parents and a child has issued an unreserved apology. The images   were shown on a screen by Fr Martin McVeigh, the parish priest of Pomeroy, during a PowerPoint presentation at St Mary’s Primary School about children’s first Confession on Read more

British inquiry: Children being damaged by online porn Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Many British children are “easily accessing online pornography” and are suffering as a result, a cross-party parliamentary inquiry has found. According to the inquiry, children’s attitudes to sex, relationships and body image are all being negatively affected by seeing internet pornography. Studies noted in the inquiry’s report suggested four out of five children aged 14-16 Read more