Category Archives: True Love Revolution

“Then there is the True Love Revolution, a Harvard group formed in 2006 ‘to give students a moral and political option in issues relating to sex and marriage.’ Its members believe that liberationist attitudes toward sex, sexuality, and relationships damage students’ health and well-being.'”  -Professor Ruth Wisse

In “Welcome To Freshman Disorientation,” published in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, discusses how “student opinion at elite schools has lately been growing more varied.” She presents the mission of  True Love Revolution and mentions groups at Harvard like Harvard Right to Life and the Harvard Republican Club, suggesting that “conservatives in particular have become more outspoken.”  To read the complete article, click here. 

True Love Revolution Recognized in Wall Street Journal


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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True Love Revolution Elects New Executive Board

Congratulations to our new 2010-2011 Executive Board!

President: Rachel Wagley, Class of 2011

Vice President of Speakers & Events: Megan Palos, Class of 2012

Vice President of Discourse: Patrick Spence, Class of 2012

Vice President of Publicity: Christopher Oppermann, Class of 2013

Treasurer: Rosemary Imms, Class of 2012

Campus Perception Consultant: Camila Sainz de la Pena, Class of 2012

To our graduating officers, Leo Keliher and Christina Giordano, we are very grateful for the time, commitment, and love that you poured into True Love Revolution. You’ve dedicated your energy to inspiring intellectual discourse at Harvard, and we will miss you. We wish you the best as you pursue your fantastic dreams!


White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

As a part of White Ribbon Against Pornography Week, TLR invites you to join us and hear David Franks, PhD discuss

“Libertarianism vs. Human Freedom: The Case of Pornography.”

Tuesday February 16th, 2010
7:30-8:30 PM

Harvard Hall 104

Is there really a “right to watch porn“?  What particular view of human nature and rights, of human dignity and freedom, of sexuality and government is epitomized in such a bourgeois formulation?  Concretely, whose interests are served by such a putative right?   Critical consciousness is necessary to see that-right, left, or center-the hegemonic ideology operative in our culture is libertarianism.  And under this aegis, our deepest desires are shaped through depersonalizing consumerist practices, including porn.  What we need is a liberated, realist understanding of the body and of the body politic: beyond ideology into true human love.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, Harvard Knights of Columbus, and True Love Revolution

Take a stand against pornography this week and sport a white ribbon! Get your ribbon outside the science center.

What’s wrong with pornography?

Pornography today is not your parents’ porn.  Massive internet usage of high quality digital porn has transformed the landscape of our personal lives.  Hardcore pornography with extreme sexual acts and violent images has become mainstream, and men of every background and age are addicted.

Repeatedly viewing and masturbating to pornography changes how a man thinks about women and distorts his relationships. As new neural pathways are formed, a man is trained to associate sexual pleasure with the sex acts in pornography and to view women as objects of sexual gratification.  His ability to love real women and give himself to her erodes.  Women in relationships with men who use porn think their bodies will never be good enough, and any chance for emotional connection during sex is destroyed. Relationships, engagements, and marriages are ruined, and the pornography industry grows. Porn is an epidemic eating away at the heart of our society, and it must be curtailed.

What can I do?

  • Get help if you view porn. There are many websites, such as, that will help you break free.
  • Cut porn out of your life. Porn degrades women’s dignity, so make no exceptions.
  • Don’t put up with porn in conversation. Porn is awful, and you should feel free to say so.  In any social situation, in any relationship, speak up when people try to justify porn.  Women in particular should question any partner who views porn and defends it: don’t except any excuses.
  • Spread the word. Educate yourself, give people educational material, and get involved with anti-porn events and lectures.

Pictures from TLR Conference

Here are a few pictures from Saturday’s Conference we co-hosted with the Love and Fidelity Network here at Harvard. We had over 100 people throughout the day. Thanks for coming!


TLR Conference Attracts over 100 Attendees

Kathryn Jean Lopez with the National Review Online saw the schedule for TLR and LFN’s Conference last Saturday and remarked, “This Can’t Be a Bad Thing for Harvard.” In fact, the conference was a great thing for Harvard, attracting over 110 students and community members throughout the day who gathered to hear hilarious and diverse speakers Dr. John Van Epp (author and founder of loveThinks), Dr. Arthur Nielsen (Northwestern University), and Dr. Linda Malone-Colon (Hampton University). We’ll be posting pictures soon. Thanks everyone for making it a huge success!

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RETHINKING SEX – register now for our regional conference in Boston

“Just do what feels right.”

While this common suggestion may be offered with the best of intentions, young adults receive very little truly helpful or constructive practical education about how to approach their relationships. Casual sexual relationships dominate the dating scene, break-ups and heartbreaks abound, marriages dissolve, and young adults struggle to find a good model from which to learn the qualities of a healthy romance. In such an environment, there is a great need among young men and women for practical education on how to build and sustain healthy, stable, and meaningful relationships.

Co-hosted by Harvard University’s True Love Revolution and Love and Fidelity Network, our first regional conference, “Rethinking Sex: Building Healthy Relationships in a Hook-up World”, aims to meet this need. The one-day regional conference, to be held at Harvard University on February 6th, will feature an outstanding line-up of psychologists ready to share what their field has to teach us about human intimacy, love, mate selection, and friendship. Ultimately, their presentations will help educate young men and women in the relationship skills needed to find success in these areas.

Cosponsored by: The Anscombe Society at Princeton University, Rodzinka at Columbia University, and True Love Revolution at Providence College

Please register online as soon as possible!

Community members and non-students are welcome.

Read the Experts feature

We’ve created a new feature on our blog – the “Read the Experts” section (see above). If you would like to read more about a specific topic, we’d be happy to post relevant studies and articles that are particularly edifying. Email us at and we’ll post what you want! We want this to be useful for you!

Also, if you have a great article or info that TLR would be interested in knowing about and would like to see it featured on our blog, let us know!

Want to join the movement?

To sum up the last couple of months:

“The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.” – G.K. Chesterton in A Defense of Humilities, The Defendant, 1901

Want to join the movement? We dare you to take a stand.

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