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5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly disturbing and insightful, October 13, 2012
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This review is from: Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad (Hardcover)
I obtained Mr Harden's book based on a review I read. Being the father of two daughters that graduated from university several years ago, as well as taking at least one class a year and regularly working with undergrad and graduate students, I already knew some about the hypersexualised culture that is becoming welcomed on many of our campuses. What I was not prepared for was the level of depravity that is being presented and encouraged. As I read the book my emotions went from outrage to nausea to, in the end, profound sadness at the realisation of the damage these young people were being subjected to without their even realising it. The author is spot on in his criticisms of the university and their failure to exercise good leadership and allowing the lies of the sex industry to be promoted as healthy and liberating. Porn is degrading to women and men, causes problems in relationships, contributes to break-up and divorce, contributes to the development of paraphilias, and is addictive. More than one sexual sadist, serial rapist, and serial killer began with fantasies and the use of violent porn before discovering that their appetites could no longer be satisfied with fantasy. In addition, the overwhelming majority of porn reinforces the idea that women are objects that exist for the purpose of gratifying a man's sexual desires. Over 5 years ago continuing ed. workshops for mental health workers in my state began to feature tracks on treating internet porn addiction. The simple truth the author provides is that not all cultures and values are equal. Right and wrong do exist independent of humankind's wants and desires. As a society we ignore these facts at our own peril. This is a book worth reading.
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