Posts Tagged ‘Pornography’

Pornography, US bishops and feminists Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Naming it “corrosive” and a “dark” sign of contemporary American culture, the U.S. Catholic bishops approved a document this week condemning the production and use of pornography as a mortal sin. Reaction from the bishops’ critics didn’t take long. Some said the bishops themselves have very serious problems with pornography; others pointed out the not-so-distant Read more

Pornography is harmless? Think again Comments 0

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Child with surprised face in front of laptop.

Pornography may be defined as “the depiction of erotic behavior (sexual display in pictures or writing) that is intended to cause sexual excitement” in the viewer.(1) Over the past decade there has been a large increase in the pornographic material that is available to both adults and children. Mainstream pornography use has grown common because Read more

Hilton Worldwide to remove hotel room pornography Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

An advocacy group has reported that hotel and resort chain Hilton Worldwide is to remove on-demand pornography from its hotel rooms. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation publicly thanked Hilton Worldwide for this. In 2012, Catholic law professor Robert George of Princeton teamed up with prominent Muslim intellectual Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in writing letters to Read more

Porn and the shaping of our brains Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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

App developed to help young people battling pornography Comments 0

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Victory app resized

US Catholic leaders working with youth have developed an app to help young people battling with an addiction to pornography. The app, named “Victory”, is based on a calendar system, where the user can mark with colours the days they were victorious over porn or had a setback. White means they were victorious, grey means Read more

Pornography, violence and entitlement Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015

A young woman stands in a room with several men around her. She tells the men that she is taking women’s studies at university. They respond by grabbing her throat to silence her. They move onto slapping her and pulling off her clothes. The scene that follows is too graphic to recount. After the men Read more

Pornography: society’s common cold Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I’ve recently discovered that a pornography addiction is now becoming as popular in our modern society as the common cold. It never ceases to swarm around, mercilessly infecting unsuspecting victims. A couple of weeks ago I had a good friend of mine confide in me about her and her boyfriend’s current battles with long term Read more

Nauru blocks Facebook on moral and religious grounds Comments 0

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Nauru, where Australia sends asylum seekers to be processed

Nauru’s Justice Minister, David Adeang, has issued a press release defending, on moral and religious grounds, his government’s decision to control access to the internet. However some are claiming the social media blackout was directed by the Australian government to assist its Cambodian resettlement policy. The Nauru government says it is restricting internet access to block Read more

Patricia Bartlett a pain in politicians’ sides Comments 1

Friday, April 24th, 2015

How do you solve a problem like Patricia Bartlett? The Lower Hutt morals campaigner was ejected from her nunnery in 1969 for her too-vocal convictions, and became a thorn in the side of politicians and film censors for 25 years. Establishing the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards in 1970, the diminuitive Bartlett made Read more

Is pornography addiction real? Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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