Posts Tagged ‘Porn’

The pornography problem: prayer isn’t enough Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The public is becoming increasingly aware that pornography addiction is a real problem for many men and women in our culture—and Catholics are no exception. Yet as Catholics, our first thought may be to try to eradicate any sinful behavior with some good old-fashioned perseverance and, of course, grace from the Sacrament of Confession. I Read more

How pornography kills ambition Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

It’s a familiar pattern. An outgoing, enthusiastic guy begins slowly but surely to change. At first it’s almost imperceptible — a shift in mood or a vacancy in the eyes only those closest to him can see. It’s not drastic or alarming, but it’s real. Maybe his friends start to notice when he doesn’t talk Read more

How pornography is damaging our children’s future sex lives Comments 0

Friday, September 16th, 2016

When a therapist friend told Allison Havey that her then 13-year-old son was almost certainly viewing online pornography, she felt angry. “I was offended because I thought, why would he be doing that? It’s deviant behaviour and he’s not deviant.” What Allison now knows is that it’s natural for boys to want to look at Read more

Pornography proof kids and patron saints Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Lately I’ve been writing about — and hearing heart-wrenching accounts of —  people struggling with pornography addiction. It’s rampant in our culture in the West. The deeper I dig into the statistics and the anecdotes, the more I’m realizing that it is very much a cross-cultural issue, and that even as the internet has transcended geographical boundaries Read more

Pornography and the curse of total sexual freedom Comments 0

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The most recent issue of Time Magazine features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture. The focus of the piece is on the generation of young men now coming of age, the first generation who grew up with unlimited access to hardcore pornography on the Internet. The statistics Read more

Men struggle with porn addiction, some women want to feed it Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

There is good news and bad news about pornography this week. The bad news is that women are clamouring for a fair share of the porn industry; the good news is that men are deserting that pigsty. These are very broad strokes, but the details are equally disturbing and encouraging. First, the women. It is Read more

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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