Spoiler Alert: Porn Kills Your Libido

The BBC recently reported that younger and younger men are seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction—and all because of porn. Therapist Angela Gregory told reporter Simon Mundie, “More and more men in their late teens and early twenties are suffering from erectile dysfunction,” and said she “puts the blame on people becoming addicted to watching online … Continued

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Guess What, Feminists? Young Women Pornify Themselves

One sunny June morning, as I sat in the plush chair of my neighborhood nail salon and luxuriated in the warm water bathing my feet, I picked up my iPhone and noticed a new app—“Kik”—that my 14-year-old son must have installed after losing his phone and hijacking mine for a few days. Out of curiosity, … Continued

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Is It Good that Government Workers Watch Porn All Day?

Apparently, government agencies have a big problem: rather than doing actual work, their employees watch porn all day. And lots of it. Federal investigations have uncovered this disturbing trend across a large number of government agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department, the General Services Administration, and, ironically, … Continued

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Why an Essay in the New ‘Playboy’ Condemns Porn Culture

Bret Easton Ellis, author of Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, and American Psycho, has written an essay condemning the modern ubiquity of pornography. The essay appears in the new Playboy magazine (no link to the piece is available yet). This might seem like deep irony, but Ellis is perceptive and elegant in his remembrances of … Continued

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Lessons from the Colorado High School Sexting Scandal

Last week, a Colorado high school just a short drive from where I live became a hotbed of national scandal when it was discovered that hundreds of students were involved in a naked photo sexting spree. Yes, hundreds. The aftermath produced a mixture of shock, confusion, and outrage, with a bit of horror on the … Continued

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The Latest DIY Trend? Sex Tapes

I was 13 when Paris Hilton released her infamous sex tape. I watched the world go crazy over it – the screaming headlines on magazines, the conversations on the news, the whispering at school. I felt bad for Miss Hilton, embarrassed on her behalf, and wondered how something like that could ever happen to someone. … Continued

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Should Sexting be a Crime?

No one will ever know what happened last year at St. Paul’s school between Harvard-bound student Owen Labrie, then 18, and his classmate, age 15. Was their sexual encounter the result of a misogynistic prep-school culture in which boys preyed on younger girls, “slaying” them in rituals like the Senior Salute? Or was theirs a … Continued

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Spare Us, Judy Blume

Judy Blume, the author who wrote books about sex for kids is now lamenting that kids are too sexual. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Blume said of sex and today’s youth: It’s just not as much fun now. Rather than jump right into intercourse a million times over, I wish they would go … Continued

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Pulling the Plug on Revenge Porn

Revenge porn is one of the darker sides of our high-tech age. It’s the act of humiliating and extorting women, often former lovers (hence the “revenge” part) by stealing and posting their nude and/or sexually explicit photos and videos online. And it’s all over the news lately. In the last week alone: A judge ruled … Continued

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