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July 2014 News

How pornography is affecting the brain

  • Written by  Rangeville
Dr. William Struthers speaking at Rangeville Community Church. Photo: Ian Anderson

“How is porn affecting our brain?” asked Dr William Struthers when visiting Toowoomba recently to speak at Citilife and Rangeville Community Church.

Known as the “Porn Professor” for his neuroscience research addressing this question, Dr Struthers, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, aligned pornography in our society to that of cigarette smoking a few decades ago.

For many years smoking was seen as popular, even sophisticated and with little or no harm, and of little risk to those passively exposed to cigarette smoke, Dr Struthers explained.

Yet today, we know that even passive smokers can suffer long-term consequences. And just like cigarette smoke that can surround us, today our society is surrounded by sexual innuendo and imagery that is adversely affecting our society, without the full extent of that damage being realised yet.

Just like cigarette smoking can become an addiction, Dr Struthers pointed out that addiction to pornography is possible and is a growing issue in our society. Furthermore, like other addictions that result in changes to the brain structure and function, pornography addiction also results in a reduction in the size of certain areas of the brain and a loss of sensitivity of the brain and body to sexual stimuli.

Dr Struthers came to Australia as part of a national tour organised by “Guilty Pleasure”, an organisation founded by Jason Huxley to help men and women overcome addictions to pornography.

When introducing Dr Struthers at Rangeville Community Church, Mr Huxley shared his own powerful testimony of the impact of pornography on his marriage, his wife and the long and difficult journey to be free of this addiction. His story was one of pain, uncertainly, hope and ultimately victory.

A copy of Dr Struthers and Mr Huxley’s message can be heard at www.rangeville.com/sermons.

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