War crimes, violent porn addiction, & impotence: re-mapping male brains

photo of female soldier with statistics 500,000 raped by fellow soldiersViolent pornography linked to war crimes and impotence

According to psychotherapists and other health professionals, mental health issues and sexual dysfunction have been widely reported by male patients, affected by a hidden epidemic of addiction to violent pornography.

In recent years, sophisticated corporate campaigns have aggressively and insidiously promoted violent themes in pornography to average men everywhere. This proliferation of violent pornography on the internet has been precisely concurrent with a disastrous war on women, in real time.

During the same period, thousands, if not millions, have suffered life-altering injury / trauma, and/or fled as refugees, or died, before military campaigns of mass rape / torture; (largely in Previously Colonized countries.) While women and children are the chief targets of these war crimes, their overall effect is to destroy and displace entire communities.

Such campaigns, using mass rape of women and children as a weapon of terror against civilian populations, have been abundantly recorded and reported in places as far-flung as Somalia, Haiti, El Salvador, and countless other Previously Colonized, struggling nations.

At the same time, violent sexual assault against female students has exploded in so-called “safe countries”. On American campuses, it has reached epidemic proportions. These crimes, but most of all their consequences, including academic failure, career setbacks, injury, disease, depression, suicide, and death, are imperfectly recorded, and rarely reported by the media.

Military, paramilitary, or quasi-military campaigns of sexual violence have proved as global as the internet itself; and have gone hand in hand with a secret explosion in male addiction to violent online pornography.

What science says
Landmark neuroscience study “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge (Chapter 4) observes the extent of the problem; and how addiction to violent porn can cause re-mapping of the brain, which disables men for sexual fulfillment, in real relationships with real women:

Thirty years ago “hardcore” pornography usually meant the explicit depiction of…two aroused partners. Now hardcore …is increasingly dominated by…themes of forced sex…fusing sex with hatred and humiliation.

[With the proliferation of the internet, this violent pornography's] growth has been extraordinary; pornography accounts for 25 percent of video rentals and is the fourth most common reason people give for going online. [In an MSNBC.com 2001 survey] 80 percent felt they were spending so much time on pornographic sites that they were putting their relationships or jobs at risk…[Most alarmingly,] it influences young people with little sexual experience and especially plastic minds, in…forming their sexual [attitudes]…

During the mid- to late 1990s, when the Internet was growing rapidly and
pornography was exploding on it, I treated or assessed a number of men who all
had essentially the same story. Each had acquired a taste for a kind of pornography that, to a greater or lesser degree, troubled or even disgusted him, had a disturbing effect on the pattern of his sexual excitement, and ultimately affected his relationships and sexual potency.

…These were pleasant, generally thoughtful men, in reasonably successful relationships or marriages.

Typically, while I was treating one of these men for some other problem, he
would report, almost as an aside and with telling discomfort, that he found himself
spending more and more time on the Internet, looking at pornography
and masturbating.

A number of these men also reported …increasing difficulty in being turned on by
their actual sexual partners, spouses or girlfriends … Initially [porn] helped them get more excited during sex but over time had the opposite effect.

They [became less interested in] “making love.” Their sexual fantasy lives were increasingly dominated by [violent porn] scenarios that they had, so to speak, downloaded into their brains… often more primitive and more violent than their previous sexual fantasies. …Any sexual creativity these men had was dying and that they were becoming addicted to Internet porn.

The addictiveness of Internet pornography is not a metaphor. [Like all addicts, those who are “hooked”] show a loss of control of the activity, compulsively seek it out
despite negative consequences, develop tolerance so that they need higher and
higher levels of stimulation for satisfaction, and experience withdrawal if they
can’t consummate the addictive act.

All addiction involves long-term, sometimes lifelong, neuroplastic change in the brain. For addicts, moderation is impossible, and they must avoid the substance or activity completely if they are to avoid addictive behaviors

Pornographers promise healthy pleasure and relief from sexual tension, but what
they often deliver is an addiction, tolerance, and an eventual decrease in pleasure.
Paradoxically, the male patients I worked with often craved pornography but
didn’t like it.

Pornography is more exciting than satisfying because we have two separate
pleasure systems in our brains, one that has to do with exciting pleasure and one
with satisfying pleasure. The exciting system relates to the “appetitive” pleasure
that we get imagining something we desire, such as sex or a good meal. Its
neurochemistry is largely dopamine-related, and it raises our tension level.

The second pleasure system has to do with the satisfaction, or consummatory
pleasure, that attends actually having sex or having that meal, a calming, fulfilling
pleasure. Its neurochemistry is based on the release of endorphins, which are
related to opiates and give a peaceful, euphoric bliss.

Pornography, … hyperactivates the appetitive system. Porn viewers develop new maps in their brains, based on the photos and videos they see. … When we develop a map area, we long to keep it activated.
The men at their computers looking at porn were uncannily like the rats in the cages of the NIH, pressing the bar to get a shot of dopamine or its equivalent.

Though they didn’t know it, they had been seduced into pornographic training sessions that met all the conditions required for plastic change of brain maps.

Because plasticity is competitive, the brain maps for new, exciting images increased at the expense of what had previously attracted them — the reason, I believe, they began to find their girlfriends less of a turn-on.

It’s not hard to imagine how this kind of mass hypnosis, disabling men from relationships with women, and focusing them on sexual violence, must be deemed fantastically convenient, and heartily welcomed, by recruiters for military campaigns based on sexual violence, looking for young cannon fodder.
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In this link, violent pornography and sexual assault in the military are acknowledged as massive, interconnected problems:
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10360

On connections between violent pornography and crime:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/violent-porn-dangers-posed-to-women/