Porn addiction is a mental health matter

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Gail Dines PhD, an American professor of sociology has recognised that porn addiction should be treated as a mental health issue.  She wrote an article picked up by Fight the New Drug that raises further awareness of the mounting crisis we are facing worldwide due to our increased access to porn online and beyond.  Dines has recognised that we are at the social tipping point when it comes to treating and recognising porn addiction.

“Extensive scientific research reveals that exposure to porn threatens the social, emotional and physical health of individuals, families and communities. These impacts highlight the degree to which porn is a public health crisis that undermines women and children’s human rights, rather than being a private matter,” said Dines.

Onscreen sexual violence is part of the reason to be concerned.   “Physical aggression, which included spanking, open-hand slapping, and gagging, occurred in over 88% of scenes, while expressions of verbal aggression—calling the woman names such as “b****” were found in 48% of the scenes in 50 of the top rented films. The researchers concluded that 90% of scenes contained at least one aggressive act if both physical and verbal aggression were combined,” she added.

The organisation Culture Reframed is pioneering such a strategy to lead an intervention against porn as the public health crisis of the digital age. Tasked with building the public’s capacity to deal with online porn, our multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants is developing educational programmes for parents, youth, and a range of professionals.

To read the full article visit: http://fightthenewdrug.org/dr-gail-dines-why-porn-is-a-public-health-issue/

LYP says:  We still live in a culture of seeing porn as harmless and a bit of fun. Until society wakes up to realising the harm it can bring, we will always be fighting an uphill battle. We are glad that the medical profession is starting to put their weight behind the issue and providing more and more  evidence  to back up the facts that online pornography is a massive problem in society and this will go on until it is properly dealt with. Governments need to address it head on by putting pressure on the media and the porn industry to take responsibility for their actions, just like they did with the tobacco industry.

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