Senate Hears Testimony On Porn Addiction

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  1. MisterMark

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    Well, here we go. The U.S. is facing terrorism, massive debt, the loss of jobs, a sinking dollar, major problems with Social Security and health insurance, and so what are Senate members focusing on? Getting rid of that damn pornography!

    The U.S. is becoming one, big evangelical church.

    Here's one of my favorite lines from the story: "Some of [Senator Sam Brownback's] middle-age male friends limit their time alone in hotel rooms to avoid the temptation of graphic pay-per-view movies." Gee, what are they afraid of? Think they might be tempted to MASTURBATE? Oh, the horror of it all... :wacko:
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    WASHINGTON -- Comparing pornography to heroin, researchers on Thursday called on Congress to finance studies on "porn addiction" and launch a public health campaign about the dangers.

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    http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/...itics-headlines
     
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    This is probably only the beginning. Don't know what else people would expect when you have fundamentalist "christians?" running the government. Mark, you do know don't you that republicans don't use pornography, don't you? :ph34r:
     
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    Well, it's possible to be addicted to sex. After all, sex releases endorphins, which are basically like morphine.

    If this is the Senate, I'd hate to see what the House is like.
     
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    Actually, most therapists do not believe in the concept of "sex addiction". Here are the thoughts of one such therapist:

    THE MYTH OF SEX ADDICTION by Marty Klein, Ph.D.

    The diagnosis of "sex addiction" has become popular with both lay people and professionals in recent years. But it is a destructive and irresponsible one that should be discontinued. In 21 years as a marriage counselor & sex therapist, I've never seen a single case in which the label "sex addiction" was clinically useful. That's because there is no such thing.

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    All I can say is that whether or not sex addiction is a real thing, that's the problem of the small number of people who have it. You simply can't limit society's rights based on what the needs of the sick may be! If that were true, alcohol would be illegal, and it certainly is not. Porn is something used and enjoyed by many with no ill effects on society as a whole, and as adults we should be free to do what we want in our own homes. If a grown man is so repressed that he's afraid he'll m-m-m-asturbate, I think we're in for the witch hunt of our lives folks. God bless (Republican) America!!!
     
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    Actually, on many Indian reservations, alcohol is illegal. There's been a push among some neoliberal think tanks to make it so that we have to allow alcohol on reservations. (Not only that, but many of these groups want to make it so we have to give preferential treatment to liquor stores over other things.) Make any Opium War comparisons you want.

    Back on topic: What I will say is that we've seen both extremes: Total repression and overstimulation. Honestly, I've seen a few porno movies and the camera angles just look unnatural to me. Even worse is the stuff I get in my inbox. (I do what I can, forwarding the underage stuff to the FBI with full headers.)
     
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    Oh yeah, freedom to view porn does NOT include underage stuff, rape or snuff- I hope that goes without saying!
     
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    Or the freedom to put it in my inbox, and thus advertising at the audience's expense.
     
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    Let's just be clear: The problem of "spam" is a different issue from the legality of sexually-explicit media.
     
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    Oh definitely! We've got three separate ideas here:

    1) freedom to produce and view porn involving only consenting adults

    2) underage and violent stuff

    3) spam porn

    Whereas I wholly condone and support the first, the second two are reprehensible! If I want porn, I know where to get it. Unless I've personally signed up for an email list, I don't want it sent to me. Especially since the stuff that's sent is usually so gross- hot schoolgirls and beastiality shit, makes me wanna puke to read the titles. I"ve come to laugh at the ones that say "Madame Zora, enlarge your penis now!".

    Oh yeah, anyone who produces or sells underage (knowingly) OR any form of rape/snuff should get the death penalty! Once again, I just don't want my rights limited because of what the sickest in society do, it's bullshit.
     
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    I'm tempted to send them a picture of my penis and say "Make it bigger? What? Am I supposed to be fucking an elephant?"
     
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    Me first, me first! Jonb, if you ever submit to soul stealers, I want one!
     
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    Yikes ... I've seen this discussed on DVDVR and the Obsidian forums too (if you don't know what those are, don't worry about it ... just fan forums I'm part of) ... And everyone pretty well shares the views expressed here so far. Unfortunately, Mark doesn't have the 'banging head against brick wall' smiley that would be oh so apropos right now. Why would they want to damage an institution that's so successful?
     
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    Unfortuantely, the fundalmental right is giving Christianity a bad rap. As I recall Jesus wasn't into condemning folks, but loving people. It is extremely frightning to think what the so called "Chrsitian right" has planned for America. And some of the so called "Christian Right" have only been in church for their baptism and wedding and their next visit is their own funeral. I consider myself well read on the Bible and the so called "Christian Right" is neither "right" nor Christian in their beliefs in their long range plans for America.

     
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