The Public Health Harms of Pornography: The Brain, Erectile Dysfunction, and Sexual Violence

I have studied how to end sexual violence for 25 years. It wasn’t until 10 years ago when I came to the realization that the secret ingredient in the recipe for rape was not secret at all, though at the time it was rarely identified.

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Title: The Public Health Harms of Pornography: The Brain, Erectile Dysfunction, and Sexual Violence
Publication: Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence
Author: John D. Foubert
Date: 07/01/2017

I have studied how to end sexual violence for 25 years. It wasn’t until 10 years ago when I came to the realization that the secret ingredient in the recipe for rape was not secret at all, though at the time it was rarely identified. That ingredient, responsible for giving young men the permission-giving beliefs that make rape so much more likely and telling young women they should like it, is today’s high speed Internet pornography. Pornography itself is a recipe for rape that has rewritten the sexual script for the sexual behavior of the millennial generation and is currently rewiring the brains of the generation to follow…

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