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July 20, 2005

You'll get hairy palms, too.

by Feòrag

United States: A bizarre coalition of religious organisations and psychologists have teamed up to raise funds to 'prove' that porn causes brain damage. Dr Judith Reisman wants to test her hypothesis that pornography affects the physical structure of your brain turning you into a porno-zombie.

Porn, she says, is an erototoxin, producing an addictive drug cocktail of testosterone, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin with a measurable organic effect on the brain.

Some of us might consider this a good thing. Not Reisman: erototoxins aren't about pleasure, they're a fear-sex-shame-and-anger stimulant. Reisman's paper on the subject The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography Restructuring Brain, Mind & Memory & Subverting Freedom of Speech has helped make her the darling of the anti-pornography crusade, and in November last year she presented her erototoxin theory to the US senate.

The plan is to conduct MRI scans on victims under the influence of porn, hopefully providing evidence to both sue the producers of erotic material in the same way as the tobacco industry, and to get the evil stuff banned - obviously someone under the influence of porn cannot be covered by the First Amendment, for their own good. But Mark Pilkington spots a problemette, which might explain Reisman's rather odd thinking:

But there's a catch. Much of Reisman's research in developing her theory has necessitated examining hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pornographic magazines and films. By her own reasoning her brain ought, by now, to be a seething mass of toxic smutmulch ...

Sex on the brain - The Guardian, 14th July 2005 (via El Coyote Gordo).

Posted in Church and State at 18:24. Last modified on September 28 2006 at 23:43.
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1: Posted by: supergee | July 20, 2005 7:18 PM

She is confident that the shield of faith that has kept evidence and new ideas out of her brain for these many years will protect her from the toxins.

2: Posted by: Bartholomew | July 21, 2005 2:00 AM

Reisman's the crank who led the charge against the Kinsey movie - I wrote about her here.

But a question: what if I see a sexily-attired female in the street and that sets off an "erototoxin" in my brain? Will I be able to sue her? This is a whole new front for the Wahabi/Shia extremist crowds.

And what about arousing literature? I'm going to sue the Gideon Bible Society over the Song of Solomon...

3: Posted by: Marc Draco | July 22, 2005 1:33 AM

As I've pointed out at MediaWatchWatch, Reisman isn't even a proper "doctor" - rather a PhD in the incredibly scientific world of communications. Isn't that TV and radio -or- maybe it's road and rail? Whatever it is, it certainly isn't a medical degree; and it was preceeded by an MA - acknowledging that she has no demonstrable science education at all.

4: Posted by: Yaoi Huntress Earth | July 31, 2005 11:02 AM

You also have to put into consideration what exactly is porn? What shocks one person might be no big deal to another. And what about erotica? How's that going to fit in?

5: Posted by: Red Wolf | August 10, 2005 7:37 AM

We've got Mary Anne Layden out here at the moment pushing her theories on sex addiction to the pollies. The article isn't as gung-ho as that on Reisman, but she comes from the same camp.

6: Posted by: A Voice of Sanity | September 2, 2008 3:53 AM

If you google for images of (Dr Judith Reisman) you'll learn all you need to know. I'm guessing she is channeling Andrea Dworkin.

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