Sexual Obesity

There is an interesting article on the First Things website that warns of the perniciousness of pornography, and the long term effect it could have on our culture. It was penned by Mary Eberstadt who is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and consulting editor to Policy Review, the Hoover Institution’s bimonthly journal of essays and reviews on American politics and society. She writes:

The data about the immersion of young Americans in pornography are startling and disturbing. One 2008 study focused on undergraduate and graduate students ages 18 to 26 across the country found that more than two-thirds of men—and one out of every ten women in the sample—viewed pornography more than once a month. Another study showed that first-year college students using sexually explicit material exhibited these troubling features: increased tolerance, resulting in a turn toward more bizarre and esoteric material; increased risk of body-image problems, especially among girls; and erroneous and exaggerated conceptions of how prevalent certain sexual behaviors, including risky and even dangerous behaviors, actually are.

I would encourage you to read the entire eye-opening, yet disturbing, article at First Things.

HT: http://www.challies.com

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