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Awareness Week, Oct. 29-Nov. 5
- on Child, Emotional, and Sexual Abuse and Trauma
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Can You Be Addicted to Pornography?
With more than 400 million adult web sites online, pornography is
available 24/7 at the click of a mouse. Can watching pornography
become addictive? Psychologists disagree. Get the full story and read
what they have to say.
Can Porn Become an Addiction?
In November 2004, a panel of experts testified before a Senate
subcommittee that a product which millions of Americans consume is
dangerously addictive. They were talking about pornography. The
effects of porn on the brain were called "toxic" and compared to
cocaine. One psychologist claimed "prolonged exposure to pornography
stimulates a preference for depictions of group sex, sadomasochistic
practices, and sexual contact with animals."
New Zealand prostitutes can deduct the costs of sex toys used in
their business, the Inland Revenue Department has ruled. The sex
workers can claim the cost of condoms, bubble bath, dairy whip,
lubricants, gels, oils, tissues, lingerie, costumes and see-through
garments as income deductions. Ordinary stockings are not deductible
but patterned stockings used for work are. On their tax returns,
prostitutes can legally list their occupation as contractor,
consultant, commission agent or receptionist. (The Evening Post,
The Smut Ban
In 1996, Congress passed the Military Honor and Decency Act requiring
military exchange stores to remove "sexually explicit" publications
from their inventory. A Department of Defense review board was
appointed to review this issue and as of 30 Sep 98, the board
completed its initial review. To date, the board has identified over
200 magazines which are now banned from military exchanges. One of
the biggest controversies has been over the exclusion of "Playgirl,"
a female-oriented publication, and the allowance of "Playboy," a
male-oriented publication. And these publications aren't "sexually
explicit?" Wow. I wonder what makes up that list of over 200?
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Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the
truth about men. - John Stoltenberg
Pornography is sexual reality for me. If a person cannot deal with
pornography, he cannot deal with the reality of sex. I am radically
pro-pornography. I draw the line nowhere. Every fantasy must be
permitted. - Camille Paglia
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