Unlike the splashy news headlines, when Ashley Madison was hacked and user data was released, rather quietly this week, Grindr made the news. I saw the article in the Wall Street Journal and similar articles were published by other news sources, but mostly by those who specialize in tech or data. The Background As someone who […]
Dr. Jennifer Weeks
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After years in this field, those of us who treat problematic sexual behavior still hear from colleagues that they do not believe that sex addiction is real. Worse yet, those of us who treat it have been accused of simply being in it for the money. I have a good laugh at that one. However, […]
Therapists who work with problematic sexual behavior often say, me included, that we are worried about kids being exposed to pornography at an early age or are using pornography as a means of sexual education. Anecdotally, we know that young children have access to pornography of any theme, including violent pornography, child pornography, etc., and […]
As someone who works with individuals who struggle with problematic pornography use, I see firsthand how this can cause disruption in relationships. Therapists have much anecdotal evidence but there is not a lot of scientific research that backs up the exact influence of pornography use on relationships.
While there are many articles in the news and troves of internet articles relating to the pornography epidemic or pornography as a public health crisis, there are relatively few scientific studies to back up those assertions
As a member of the professional community that works with Minor Attracted Persons as well as individuals who have committed sex crimes, I was immediately aware of the controversy surrounding Dr. Allyn Walker and the publication of their book A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity.
When I teach my graduate Human Sexuality course, we begin each class with “Sex in the News.” We take a few minutes at the beginning of the class to talk about what we are seeing in the papers (or online news) that relate to human sexuality. In my daily perusal of the Wall Street Journal this […]
People in early recovery from pornography addiction, contemplate getting rid of their smart phone and going back to the “dumb” version. Now, you can have a phone that looks like your peers’ so you can avoid the inevitable questions about having a flip phone.
I came across this book when I was searching for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder and sex crimes. Unfortunately, in the course of my work, we are seeing more and more individuals with ASD who are being arrested for sex crimes. I have been on a quest to make myself much more knowledgeable about the subject. […]
Recently, researchers from the Franciscan University of Steubenville published the results of their study looking at pornography use and mental health in college students. Their aim was to explore any relationship they might find between pornography use and mental health concerns such as loneliness, depression, and stress in students. The Results The study found that […]