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Can You Be Addicted to Pornography?

With more than 400 million adult web sites online, pornography is available 24/7 at the click of a mouse. Can watching pornography become addictive? Psychologists disagree. Get the full story and read what they have to say.

Can Porn Become an Addiction?

In November 2004, a panel of experts testified before a Senate subcommittee that a product which millions of Americans consume is dangerously addictive. They were talking about pornography. The effects of porn on the brain were called "toxic" and compared to cocaine. One psychologist claimed "prolonged exposure to pornography stimulates a preference for depictions of group sex, sadomasochistic practices, and sexual contact with animals."

Tax-Deductible Fun

New Zealand prostitutes can deduct the costs of sex toys used in their business, the Inland Revenue Department has ruled. The sex workers can claim the cost of condoms, bubble bath, dairy whip, lubricants, gels, oils, tissues, lingerie, costumes and see-through garments as income deductions. Ordinary stockings are not deductible but patterned stockings used for work are. On their tax returns, prostitutes can legally list their occupation as contractor, consultant, commission agent or receptionist. (The Evening Post, Wellington)

The Smut Ban

In 1996, Congress passed the Military Honor and Decency Act requiring military exchange stores to remove "sexually explicit" publications from their inventory. A Department of Defense review board was appointed to review this issue and as of 30 Sep 98, the board completed its initial review. To date, the board has identified over 200 magazines which are now banned from military exchanges. One of the biggest controversies has been over the exclusion of "Playgirl," a female-oriented publication, and the allowance of "Playboy," a male-oriented publication. And these publications aren't "sexually explicit?" Wow. I wonder what makes up that list of over 200? Cosmo?

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Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men. - John Stoltenberg

Pornography is sexual reality for me. If a person cannot deal with pornography, he cannot deal with the reality of sex. I am radically pro-pornography. I draw the line nowhere. Every fantasy must be permitted. - Camille Paglia

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