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Relationship Advice Blogger and Neuroscientist Gary Wilson explains the Biology of Internet Porn Addiction. I originally found his site while researching the topic of “coitus reservatus” an ancient tantric technique, found in both Eastern and Western traditions, which is the art of sex and orgasm without ejaculation.  I had been reading some books related to Magick, Alchemy, and Eastern Mysticism that referred to this practice.  Some writers had used some pretty psuedo- scientific lingo, saying things like “semen is composed of cerebro-spinal fluid” implying that ejaculating too much literally drains your brain. I knew that couldn’t be right. So how many nuts should I bust or not bust to stay healthy?  In my google searches I came to Gary and his wife’s site, which also linked to the Porn Addiction site. I found this series of videos fascinating. I think it explains a lot about addiction in general and the more primitive parts of the  human brain. It jibes with a lot of things I had researched earlier about dopamine and ADHD. I hope you will find it as fascinating as I did. I think it might have application to the mechanism of video game addiction as well.



Not so counterculture after all, are they? (Ben and Jerry actually sold out to corporate food producer Unilever years ago). Tiffany Hsu reports for the LA Times: The pornographic exploits of “Ben…


The trailer for the new independent feature film Harmless perfectly encapsulates the conservative Christian outlook on sexuality. Watch as a dad’s struggle of willpower with his cardboard box of porn unleashes demonic torment on his family:


Maura Kelly, reporting on the Feminist Porn awards, from the Daily Beast: To kick off the annual Feminist Porn Awards on Wednesday night, adult filmmaker Buck Angel screened his documentary Sexing the…



Dead BulbPorn, children, it’s just a click away / It’s just a click away … As Stephanie Pappas writes on LiveScience:

Watching pornography would seem to be a vision-intensive task. But new research finds that looking at erotic movies can actually quiet the part of the brain that processes visual stimuli.

Most of the time, watching movies or conducting any other visual task sends extra blood flow to this brain region. Not so when the movies are explicit, the researchers found. Instead, the brain seems to shunt blood — and therefore energy — elsewhere, perhaps to regions of the brain responsible for sexual arousal.

Turns out, the brain may not need to take in all the visual details of a sex scene, said study researcher Gert Holstege, a uroneurologist at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands.


Martin McVeighReports Clodagh Sheehy in the Ulster Herald:

A priest has denied knowing how gay porn images appeared on a screen during a presentation he was giving to parents of children preparing for First Communion. Fr Martin McVeigh was setting up the PowerPoint display when the explicit sex scenes flashed up on the screen.

He was about to give a talk to the parents of First Communicants but abandoned the presentation after the pornographic images appeared. One of those present said the pictures appeared on the screen after the priest put a USB memory stick into the computer at St Mary’s School in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone.

“There were plenty of shocked faces. There’s a lot of parents very angry about it.”


Mike StoneWhat a little genius. USA Today says:

A Minnesota school district has quashed a high school’s senior plan to bring a porn star to his senior prom.

Mike Stone, 18, had tweeted hundreds of porn actresses with an invitation to the Tartan High School prom May 12 until adult film star Megan Piper accepted his proposal.

Piper tells KSTP-TV’s Mark Saxenmeyer that she missed her own prom and couldn’t turn down Stone’s invitation.

“It was a sweet gesture. It was so cute. I couldn’t say no,” she tells the Twin Cities TV station.

The adult film star adds that she had no intention of turning the evening into a sordid spectacle: “I don’t plan to show up butt naked or anything. I’m going to wear a pretty prom dress.”


Rick Santorum PortraitAliyah Shahid reports in the NY Daily News

Rick Santorum is declaring a war … on porn.

The Republican presidential candidate and staunch social conservative wants to ban hard-core pornography. He calls it “toxic to marriages and relationships” in a new statement posted on his official website.

“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography,” the former Pennsylvania senator writes. “It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.”

He demands a crackdown on the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in addition to material on cable/satellite TV, hotel/motel TV, retail shops and through the mail.

What qualifies as “hardcore” remains unclear. Santorum points to a “wealth of research” showing pornography causes “profound brain changes in both children and adults,” and rips President Obama for not doing enough.

Image: “A Portrait of Rick Santorum Made of Gay Porn Stills” via Jezebel



Evil PopeLet’s hope the buyer intends to (further) blow the lid off sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. From Reuters:

The Vatican said on Wednesday an unknown buyer had snapped up the internet address vatican.xxx, a domain combining its name with an extension reserved for pornographic content.

“This domain is not available because it has been acquired by someone else, but not the Vatican,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on Vatican radio.

It was not clear from his statement if the Vatican had tried to acquire the domain in order to prevent…


Does the “internet” generation have differing views on porn stars teaching kids? Reports FOX 25 Boston:

BOSTON — Kevin Hogan is an English teacher and crew coach at a top-rated Massachusetts public high school, but he brings some unusual experience to the job: until recently, he was starring in pornographic movies.

Hogan has worked at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden since September. In addition to his coaching and teaching duties, he also chairs the high school’s English department.

But he can also be found on the Internet and in adult entertainment stores under his screen name: Hytch Cawke …



Ethical Porn? Ray Sanchez reports for Reuters: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no stranger to attention-grabbing campaigns featuring nude women, plans to launch a pornography website in the name of…


Good news – you can be healed from addiction to porn. Ashley Fantz reports for CNN: Not long ago, it was unheard of for a pastor to talk about sex from the…


The TV networks are hurting because their most profitable customers – viewers of pornography – just aren’t watching enough. Sam Schechner and Jessica E. Vascellaro report for the Wall Street Journal: Cable…



Nathan Heflick writes in Psychology Today:

Even a man who thought that women all want to have sex with their fathers and spend much of their life distraught because they lack a penis is right sometimes. This person, the legend that is Sigmund Freud, theorized that people often have the most hateful and negative attitudes towards things they secretly crave, but feel that they shouldn’t have.

If Freud is right, then perhaps men who are the most opposed to male homosexuality have particularly strong homosexual urges for other men.

One study asked heterosexal men their attitudes toward male homosexuality. Based on these scores, they then divided these men into two groups: men that are homophobic, and men who are not. These men were then shown three, four minute videos. One video depicted straight sex, one depicted lesbian sex and one depicted gay male sex. While this was happening, a device was attached to the male participant’s penises. This device has been found to be triggered by sexual arousal, but not other types of arousal.


Is the restriction of pornography to inmates because of the lack of literary diversity offered in prisons or because of a possible porn/violence connection? ABC reports: The American Civil Liberties Union is…



Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post once again demonstrates that his tabloid “newspapers” (he owns The Sun in the UK among others) are in a class of their own when it comes to…