Internet porn, threat or menace?

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According to Wired, the Senate is holding hearings on pornography:
Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Therapy, called porn the "most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today."

"The internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors," Layden said. "To have drug pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than grown-ups know how to use it -- it's a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of young addicts who will never have the drug out of their mind."

Maybe I've missed something, but isn't thinking about sex all the time pretty much par for the course for teenagers, even before easy access to Internet porn?

Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and advisor to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality echoed Layden's concern about the internet and the somatic effects of pornography.

"Pornography really does, unlike other addictions, biologically cause direct release of the most perfect addictive substance," Satinover said. "That is, it causes masturbation, which causes release of the naturally occurring opioids. It does what heroin can't do, in effect."

I'm not sure I'd say that pornography causes masturbation. It's an aid to masturbation, kind of like K-Y jelly. I have no idea what this stuff about naturally occurring opioids is about. Sure, sex causes the release of opioids, but then so does exercise, and I don't see the Senate holding hearings on the need to stamp out runner's high. Moreover, just because the opioids are natural doesn't mean that they're particularly strong or addictive. There are lots of drugs that bind more strongly than their natural counterparts to the corresponding receptors. Indeed, it's precisely because opiates, cocaine, etc. present such an out-of-the-ordinary pleasure stimulus that they're such attractive abuse targets.

BTW, it's worth noting that the NARTH describes itself as "a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality." Outstanding.


Laugh if you want, but in a few years, just think of all the nearsighted, hairy-palmed kids that will result from ignoring this crisis....