Monthly Archives: March 2011

Copies of “Pornography: A Neuroscience Perspective”

Thank you for attending “Pornography: A Neuroscience Perspective.” True Love Revolution now has a written transcript of Dr. Donald Hilton’s lecture – and lecture references – that we are able to pass out through email.

Please email trueloverevolution.wordpress.com and we will send you a copy of the lecture and references.

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Pornographic Ethics

TLR’s Rachel Wagley writes for the Harvard Crimson, challenging people to take the discussion about pornography to a higher level. Read her article here.

Healthy sexuality combines emotional, social, intellectual, and physical elements, but pornography separates the mechanized components of intercourse from real sexuality itself. It leads to decreased sensitivity toward women and increased aggression. It also leads to a decreased ability to build healthy relationships or experience sexual satisfaction; users are increasingly unable to properly link emotional involvement with sex. Indeed, porn fosters incredibly unhealthy views about sexuality and human beings…

Perhaps the University avoids the porn issue in order to avoid moral or social controversy, but fear of stirring up debate does few favors for students who struggle with porn consumption. University of Chicago professor Jean Bethke Elshtain argues in The Social Costs of Pornography that we should not dismiss the “moral” in our avoidance of the “moralistic.” Elshtain maintains that in order to be responsible citizens, we must ask ourselves, “What sort of community is this? Is it reasonably decent and kind? Is it a fit place for human habitation, especially for the young? What happens to the most vulnerable among us? How do we ill-dignify the human body, and how do we forestall such affronts?”…

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Over 100 Students Attend TLR’s Porn Discussion

Over 100 students packed out “Pornography: A Neuroscience Perspective” last night in Harvard Hall. We received a lot of positive feedback from those who enjoyed Dr. Hilton’s presentation on how pornography relates to masculinity, the human brain, and addiction. We’ll be posting some follow-up information later this week for those who requested to learn more about the intersection between porn and the brain.

Read the Harvard Crimson’s coverage here.

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This Tuesday: Pornography: A Neuroscience Perspective

Pornography: A Neuroscience Perspective

Come hear Dr. Donald Hilton, neurosurgeon and associate professor at the University of Texas, discuss the relationship between porn, the human brain, addiction, and masculinity. We’re serving pizza!
 

Harvard Hall 102. Tuesday, March 29th at 7 pm. Open to the Community. Part of the White Ribbon Against Pornography Week.

 

Donald L. Hilton, Jr. M.D. graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lamar University, and cum laude with a medical degree from the University of Texas, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was trained as a neurosurgeon at the University of Tennessee, and is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. Dr. Hilton speaks nationally and internationally in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery, and has published book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers, and developed techniques widely used in this subspecialty. He is currently listed in Best Doctors in America, and as a Texas Super Doctor and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He most recently published “Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective” in Surgical Neurology International with Clark Watts, MD, JD. (Crouch/Hough)
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Parenting in a Hypersexualized World

The average age at which young people first have sex is 17 years old. This is usually before they even graduate high school. In our hyper-sexualized American society, kids are being exposed to objectification of sex and the body through a number of outlets, such as advertising, pop culture, and even the clothes and toys being marketed to young children. By the time they reach middle school, a lot of them are desensitized to the sexualization all around them. Kids who are still young enough to require parental permission to go on a school field trip are considering themselves old enough to have sex.

This whole scenario isn’t new, though. It didn’t pop up all of a sudden as the 21st century moved in. Rather, it is the result of gradual societal change over the last 50 years. In this article from The Wall Street Journal, writer Jennifer Moses looks at the way girls and young women dress as a reflection of larger social and moral values. Perhaps most interesting, though, is the way she discusses how this is all a product of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Parents who had the freedom to engage in what they considered to be sex without consequences are raising children who eagerly partake in that lifestyle, encouraged by their peers and the media. Even if parents regret their own choices, and want their children to be free from that suffering, feel they have no place to correct their kids and establish moral guidelines that they need. As a result, young privileged women who can have whatever they want are nonetheless growing up with the idea that their femininity and even their personhood only go so far as their sexuality.

As Ms. Moses points out, this doesn’t signal a call to restore antiquated standards of femininity or to make sex taboo. Rather, it should signal a call to parents, and all those who are hoping to become parents, to break this cycle of the hook-up culture. They have the responsibility to guard their children, especially their daughters, from the mindset that women are only worth as much as their body. Parents have the ability to instill in their children a sense of self-confidence and self-worth, starting at a young age. By providing a strong alternative to mainstream values of sexuality and forming a network of support as their children grow up, they have the chance to create a change in the way society values sex.