William M. Struthers

William M. Struthers

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Wired for Intimacy: How Por...

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“Pornography is the consumption of sexual poison that becomes part of the fabric of the mind.”
William M. Struthers, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

“While many men indulge
freely without any notion of restraint, others are repulsed by their response to pornography. The arousal that they experience sexually is accompanied by a conflicting sense of shame, guilt and/ or anxiety. Such men have a sense that something is just not right about what they are doing.
The nagging voice is repressed while viewing pornography, but afterward there is a gnawing sense that we shouldn't have looked. We intuitively know that what we saw was not meant for us. We have intruded into someone's intimate space. To the properly oriented conscience, viewing pornography elicits a healthy sense of guilt. To the seared conscience, one that has been ground down by abuse, fear, selfishness or repeated exposure to sin, pornography is just something you do. The seared conscience is forced either to turn against itself and plunge into the despair of self-loathing and unhealthy shame or to adopt new standards that allow for the acceptability of pornography. That standard may work for a time, but ultimately it leads to hurt, pain and suffering.”
William M. Struthers, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

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