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Consider the following evidence against the “no harm, no foul” theory:

Countless studies connect porn with a new and negative attitude to intimate relationships, and neurological imaging confirms it. Susan Fiske, professor of psychology at Princeton University, used MRI scans in 2010 to analyze men watching porn. Afterward, brain activity revealed, they looked at women more as objects than as people. The new DSM-5 will add the diagnosis “Hypersexual Disorder,” which includes compulsive pornography use.”

According to the report, overexposure to sexually explicit images and video  have caused men to lose interest in ordinary sexual encounters — including  experiences with a real woman… After a period of time, excessive porn watchers overstimulate a neurochemical  in their bodies called dopamine — the drive behind every “want” and “desire”  that humans feel we need to “overcome.” But with your libido in constant drive  mode, your dopamine reaction will become numb and, eventually, you won’t be  aroused by the same experiences as before.”

A survey of 28,000 users found that many Italian males started an “excessive consumption” of porn sites as early as 14 and after daily use in their early to mid-20s became inured to “even the most violent” images, said Carlo Foresta, head of the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine (SIAMS).”

“…pornography would normalize things I wasn’t emotionally or physically ready to handle in my relationships with men, making me feel like I had no options or control over my sex life, filling me with much regret and physical pain …[that] I would begin to objectify men, build up images in my mind and think of sex day in and day out, to the point where I couldn’t remain focused on anything else …[and that] it would make me feel less valuable to men and bring up insecurities for years in the bedroom.”

Perhaps the most damning evidence comes from Dr. Victor Cline, research scientist and expert witness on the effects of pornography:

“The second phase was an escalation-effect. With the passage of time, the addicted required rougher, more explicit- more deviant, and “kinky” kinds of sexual material to get their “highs” and “sexual turn-ons.” …Being married or being in a relationship with a willing sexual partner did not solve their problem. Their addiction and escalation were manly due to the powerful sexual imagery in their minds, implanted there by the exposure to pornography. They often preferred this sexual imagery, accompanied by masturbation, to sexual intercourse itself. This nearly always diminished their capacity to love and express affection to their partner in their intimate relations. The fantasy was all-powerful, much to the chagrin and disappointment of their partner. Their sex drive had been diverted to a degree away from their spouse. And the spouse could easily sense this, and often felt very lonely and rejected.”

While we may have lost sight of what constitutes pornography in our over-sexed era, we have gained real insight into the impact pornographic material has on the individual and those around them. 3,000 years after the mitzvot were given, we’ve finally figured out what we couldn’t understand all along: God is a rather practical lawgiver to whom “No harm, no foul,” doesn’t really make any sense.

For a Biblical Feminist, the litmus test of pornography is the same as for any other media: How are the images you are exposed to impacting the way you think and the choices you make? I can’t make choices for others, nor do I seek to judge. Rather, I simply seek to point out the common sense in Scripture: If what you are viewing (or even reading) isn’t inspiring you to be your best or the best to others, then why pursue it?