Pornography: Fueling the Fire of Sexual Toxicity

Pornography: Fueling the Fire of Sexual Toxicity

Donald L. Hilton Jr, MD, FAANS

The following was adapted from the complete article: Pornography: Fueling the Fire of Sexual Toxicity. Dr. Donald Hilton is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and a member of the Board of Directors of Medical Institute for Sexual Health

It’s everywhere.  Pornhub, the second most visited site on the net, had 92 billion people visit in 2016, enough for 12.5 videos for every person in the world.  It has become the primary mode of sexual education for teens and even preteens now, with many teens having seen sexual intercourse, including between more than two people.1

This unleashing of toxic sexuality on humanity is damaging those who view it and is addictive to those who continue to use it.2 However, these points are vigorously opposed by the porn industry and the academic apologists who support it.  They say that the only problem with porn is the shame and moral construct that religious mores place upon it.  After all, it’s just sex, which is natural, so it’s party time!  But just as the tobacco industry colluded with pro-tobacco scientists and doctors in the 50s and 60s to hide the research and confuse the public about the harms of tobacco, so the “porn professors” of today engage the press and public in a campaign of confusion and of disinformation about the harms of porn and its addictive nature.

The evidence for an addictive model for porn today is so overwhelming that it requires either extreme ignorance, bias, or both.  The bias is so remarkable that sexologists were successful in keeping sex and porn addiction out of the DSM-V as a behavioral addiction, while they accepted gambling!

Other things occur when toxic sexuality is infused into the brain’s sensitive emotional axis.  A study out of France found that the brain’s mirror neuron system is activated in individuals watching porn; they project themselves into the film and “resonate with the motivational state” of the performers.3 A boy or man watching porn becomes the sexually aroused porn performer in the film and is transposed into the film.

What is the answer?

  • First, we must protect the next generation from the toxic sexuality promoted by the porn industry and its apologists.

The porn industry and its apologists say we should let parents be the gatekeepers, while this ludicrous plan is like placing cigarette vending machines in schools and telling parents to be responsible for their children not using them.  This doesn’t work, of course, and we must quit letting the porn industry and its supporters infuse the next generation with the hate sex inherent in porn.

  • Second, we must return to a society where adults reject the inhumanity of porn.
  • Third, our culture increasingly is intolerant of racism and sexism, yet we celebrate both if people are having sex and the cameras are rolling. We must hold the porn industry to the same standard.
  • Fourth, we must return to a culture of respect, empathy, and compassion, which is the antithesis of modern porn culture.

Dr. Hilton’s complete article can be found on our website at: 

http://medinstitute.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Dr.Hilton-Pornography-PDF-.pdf

References

1 Chiara Sabina, Janis Wolak, and David Finkelhor.  The Nature and Dynamics of Internet Pornography Exposure for Youth.  CyberPsychology &Behavior, Vol 11, No. 6, 2008.

2 Your Brain On Porn website.  It provides a detailed list of the latest peer-reviewed papers showing harm and documenting the evidence for an addictive model for porn.

3 Mouras, Harold, et al. “Activation of mirror-neuron system by erotic video clips predicts degree of induced erection: an fMRI study.” Neuroimage 42.3 (2008): 1142-1150.