11/18/2004

Addiction to porn destroying lives, Senate told

Addiction to porn destroying lives, Senate told: "Comparing pornography to heroin, researchers on Thursday called on Congress to finance studies on 'porn addiction' and launch a public health campaign about the dangers.

'We're so afraid to talk about sex in our society that we really give carte blanche to the people who are producing this kind of material,' said James B. Weaver, a Virginia Tech professor who studies the impact of pornography.

Internet pornography is corrupting children and hooking adults into an addiction that threatens their jobs and families, a panel of anti-porn advocates told the hearing organized by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., chairman of the Commerce subcommittee on science.

Brownback, a father of five, said when he was a boy, the typical kid's exposure was limited to occasional peeks at dirty magazines illicitly obtained by a buddy.

Now, he said, pornography seems pervasive. Children run across it while researching homework on the Internet. Vulgar ads arrive unexpectedly by e-mail. Some of his middle-age male friends limit their time alone in hotel rooms to avoid the temptation of graphic pay-per-view movies, Brownback said."

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