Pornography: Harmful or Useful?

Date(s) - April 29, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Railway Club

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Two Articles, Two Different Views, Both Backed by Science: Who’s Right?


“But unlike most teenage boys before him, when the time came to have real sex with real girls, he found it difficult to perform. Deem knew his penis wasn’t broken because it worked 24/7 with porn, but arousal without a screen was increasingly difficult to come by. By the time Deem was 23 and in a relationship with a girl he loved, he knew he had a porn problem. “Ultimately it desensitized me and rewired my brain to my computer screen to the point where, in real life, I couldn’t feel anything in an intimate situation,” he said in an interview. “My generation was told growing up that porn was cool because it was ‘sex positive.’ But what can be more ‘sex negative’ than being unable to perform in bed?” He Googled his symptoms and found a name for the condition: Porn-induced erectile dysfunction. He decided to get help.” Abstract taken from The Globe and Mail, November 20th, 2014 titled “Porn-induced erectile dysfunction, and other problems facing Gen-XXX”


 “Researchers from UCLA and Concordia University analyzed data from 280 men, nearly half of whom were in serious relationships. The men answered questions about how many hours per week they spent watching porn, their levels of sexual desire and their experiences with erectile function. Then, in the lab, the men watched porn showing a man and a woman having consensual vaginal intercourse, and rated their own levels of arousal. The researchers found that men who watched porn at home were more aroused when they watched “vanilla” porn in the lab, suggesting that watching porn may not have a desensitizing effect, as is commonly said. The researchers also found no correlation between watching porn and erectile dysfunction. “Viewing more sex films was associated with a stronger sex drive, including the desire to have sex with a partner, so sex films may be able to ‘stoke the fire,’” Prause told The Huffington Post in an email.” Abstract taken from Huffington Post, March 17th, 2015 titled “Scientific Advice For A Better Sex Life: Sleep, And Watch Porn”

What’s your opinion? Join us as Pat and Jonathan host a discussion on pornography. We will first begin with Pat presenting an atheist and humanist view followed by Jonathan providing the available Christian theist views on pornography. After a short break, we will all break out into small groups and discuss our opinions on pornography while being ushered by a handful of discussion questions. The evening will then conclude with an open table discussion. Hope to see you there! RSVP online is highly preferred so that we can inform our venue host.


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