Poor choice of research paper topic for school
By maddy
10/12/2011 2:35:26 PM
So after going back to school, I have a research paper for a psychology course and opted to write about pornography addiction. I thought that it would give me the chance to learn about something that might be helpful to me in my own recovery, as well as completing the assignment for class.

Big mistake.

The professor wants a literature review that includes pros and cons, and reading the social and academic perspectives advocating FOR pornography has been a horrible experience for me. I wish I hadn't done this to myself. I feel physically ill reading the professional justification from psychologists and marriage therapists and 'the world'. The lies are so thick it is virtually unbelievable.

I realize there are many people who view porn and don't have any guilt from it whatsoever, but claims such as it helping a woman's self esteem seems a bit far fetched to me, even from a non-religious perspective.

The world is an ugly place. I can't wait for this assignment to be over.


uhh.. there are pros?    
"I would be curious what the main lies of the "world" are.

I guess you hear the talk shows talk about using porn as a couple I guess??"
posted at 15:09:40 on October 12, 2011 by Anonymous
"I know now that pornography is not a con, but I didn't always have a problem with it (I was not raised in the church). My first husband and I watched porn together, and it didn't bother me. We both enjoyed it. Knowing what I know now, I don't think I could ever go back to that. I wouldn't go so far as to say it raised my self esteem, but I didn't feel like it lowered it either. Maybe he was just good at hiding it, but I didn't feel like he was comparing me to them. So I can see that people think there are pros.

I'm sorry you're having to read that stuff. I'm not sure I could do that and stay in recovery. My mind doesn't need help thinking of reasons to justify it.

posted at 19:02:32 on October 12, 2011 by dstanley
"Most of it is academic papers that describe statistics and surveys. There are lots of psychologists and sociologists and feminists writing about the pros and cons. I will admit that some of the laboratory testing is highly disturbing because some studies do use control groups of men and show them pornography and then have them take surveys and compare them to those who have not been exposed to pornography. For example they have found correlations between violent attitudes towards women after pornographic exposure.

A lot of the 'pros' are focused on freedom of speech and protection against censorship or claims of individuals that say it is educational or sexually liberating."
posted at 19:21:50 on October 12, 2011 by maddy
college + profs would hate me....    
"because im not a liberal punk that will blindly follow the acedmeic heard, i'll follow a relgioud mormon chrisitian heard any day. if peter, james, and john were here I would follow them.....

furthermore, freedom of speech has northing to do with porn or sexually liberrating urslef, its a lie lie lie lie....freedom of speech has to do with speaking out against govt + the crap they no student of history or liberal arts, but 'common sense' (the light of christ) would justify doing the right thing......

the world is turning + being more evil + colleges are sesspools of lies + immorality....the plagues arew here, and until we 'yeild to the enticings of the spirit' then we will be screwed + cut off just like the nephites in the book of mormon....

i would love to debate with your accedmeic professor about it....."
posted at 21:39:09 on October 12, 2011 by skyteamst90
"My professor actually agrees with me. I am supposed to give a summary of both the pros and cons and then give my position. She is really supportive of an anti-porn standard. It is interesting that this issue has really made for unlikely friends: hard right religious conservatives and extreme left feminists both primarily agree that pornography is the equivalent of 'hate language' and constitutes a language of degradation towards women. It gets messy though because not all porn now features women, not that that should make it any less degrading to a person. But most of the professors I have run into are strongly anti-pornography, although few of them are for strict censorship. They believe that consumers have to demand an end to pornography. Supply and demand and all that...unfortunately, it seems there will always be the demand."
posted at 06:37:03 on October 13, 2011 by maddy
I'd love to read it when you are done.    
"Will you consider posting it on here?"
posted at 09:30:31 on October 13, 2011 by dreamer
yes Maddy,    
"No grading! :-) That would be a great read. You are such a beautiful writer."
posted at 10:59:20 on October 13, 2011 by Hero
"It is over 30 pages already and I am not done, so you may not want me to post all of it. But I would be happy to post my final conclusion....that would probably be more manageable.

BTW...I actually opted to include a review of Hilton's book, because his perspectives as a neurologist are extremely valid in the scientific debate on addiction. She said I could use religious articles as well...which are pretty important when considering psychology so she has a really open mind about this. I just have to explore the opposing view points."
posted at 11:01:59 on October 13, 2011 by maddy
Your Essay    
"Just want to add my comments to Hero and Dreamer - I think it'd be awesome if it, or a link was posted to it. 30 pages is not too long for me :)"
posted at 15:29:46 on November 14, 2011 by anon16

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General Conference, October 1988