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Danger: Porn's Addictive Terrorism against Women


Advocacy groups are gathering this weekend in the nation's capital for the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, a meeting aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of pornography.

At a news conference Thursday, some of the lead speakers said that if Americans realized how harmful porn can be, they'd begin to reject it.

Neurosurgeon Donald Hilton explained how porn actually changes the brains of users and addicts them.

Also, one researcher pointed out that the porn industry deliberately sets out to addict users.

"It has all the factors of effective teaching," Dr. Mary Anne Layden, director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, noted.

"It makes people anonymous," she said. "It has role models. It's sexually arousing. It's presented in pictures. And much of it is free."

One feminist pointed out this addiction then changes the way users view sex and women.

"Boys and men today are catapulted into a never-ending universe of images that celebrate, legitimize, and normalize sexual terrorism against women," Dr. Gail Dines, author of the book Pornland, said.

Donny Pauling, a former pornographer, then asked men how they'd feel if their daughter was involved in porn, which has become increasingly violent. Every woman in porn, he noted, is indeed someone's daughter.

The summit takes place May 16-17.

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