Maybe like the war on drugs, people will come to feel that any war on porn is a losing battle. After a while, people who are fighting a losing battle start to look for any excuse to surrender.
It looks like "Researchers" are making some headway into creating a potential exit strategy from the war on pornography as they are now saying that there is no such thing as porn "addiction."
February 12, 2014"The positive benefits... do not make it problematic de facto..." The clinical psychologists can call it an obsession rather than an classical addiction if they want to, but this group won't even call it an obsession. They go the full monty by stripping away all the negative connotations and exposing something that once was shameful and presenting it to all the world as a beautiful thing! I don't see the beauty, and I think there are real problems with the supposed health benefits and the alleged benefits to long term relationships the researchers claim. What does make it problematic for the Christian is that the Lord is quite specific in telling us that it is a problem,
Journalists and psychologists are quick to describe someone as being a porn "addict," yet there's no strong scientific research that shows such addictions actually exists. So says a clinical psychologist in practice in a large behavioral health program.
"Instead, Ley and his team believe that the positive benefits attached to viewing such images do not make it problematic de facto. It can improve attitudes towards sexuality, increase the quality of life and variety of sexual behaviors and increase pleasure in long-term relationships. It provides a legal outlet for illegal sexual behaviors or desires, and its consumption or availability has been associated with a decrease in sex offenses, especially child molestation."
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28
I don't know where Ley and his team are coming from, but I have a good idea as to where this advice might lead. The legitimization of any one particular sexual sin by so called "science" begins with a biased hypothesis that the behavior is natural or healthy and ends once that hypothesis is accepted as fact without ever having been fully tested. Society eagerly accepts such messages that condone sin, since they free us to pursue our human desires. We have seen this same pattern in other issues involving human sexuality where by simply changing the language of debate or by the psychological re-classification of a behavior we are softened up for the knockout punch which is, in the end, aimed at our souls.
Maybe somebody should strike back at this type of research by twisting the meaning of the word "research". On second thought, I think these researchers have already done just that.