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Attraction to Pornographic Stories on the Internet: A Commentary on “Clinical Encounters with Internet Pornography” by Thomas P. Kalman

Attraction to Pornographic Stories on the Internet: A Commentary on “Clinical Encounters with... PORNOGRAPHY COMMENTARY Michael A. As Thomas Kalman points out there are at least two kinds of potential negative effects of Internet pornography (and pornography in general)--influences on beliefs, attitudes, and values as well as effects on professional life, family life, and relationships. Publication in this Journal puts Dr. Kalman's work firmly in the therapeutic context. In my comments I would like to suggest that there is considerable potential for case studies and other studies on Internet pornography addicts to fill some important gaps in the understanding of pornography in media effects scholarship. For the most part media research has focused on the now considerable evidence that both nonviolent and violent pornography contributes to a wide variety of negative effects (Oddone-Paolucci, Genuis, & Violato, 2000). These include acceptance of rape myths (Allen, Emmers, Gebhardt, & Giery, 1995), encouragement of aggressive behavior (Allen, D'Alessio, & Brezgel, 1995; Malamuth, Addison, & Koss, 2000; Vega & Malamuth, 2007), desensitization of audiences to victimization of women (Linz, Donnerstein, & Penrod, 1988), greater acceptance of sexual permissiveness and recreational attitudes toward sex (Lo & Wei, 2005; Peter & Valkenburg, 2006), reduction of men's esteem about their own bodies (Morrison, Ellis, Morrison, Bearden, & Harriman, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

Attraction to Pornographic Stories on the Internet: A Commentary on “Clinical Encounters with Internet Pornography” by Thomas P. Kalman

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Guilford Press
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© The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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1546-0371
DOI
10.1521/jaap.2008.36.4.619
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19113957
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Abstract

PORNOGRAPHY COMMENTARY Michael A. As Thomas Kalman points out there are at least two kinds of potential negative effects of Internet pornography (and pornography in general)--influences on beliefs, attitudes, and values as well as effects on professional life, family life, and relationships. Publication in this Journal puts Dr. Kalman's work firmly in the therapeutic context. In my comments I would like to suggest that there is considerable potential for case studies and other studies on Internet pornography addicts to fill some important gaps in the understanding of pornography in media effects scholarship. For the most part media research has focused on the now considerable evidence that both nonviolent and violent pornography contributes to a wide variety of negative effects (Oddone-Paolucci, Genuis, & Violato, 2000). These include acceptance of rape myths (Allen, Emmers, Gebhardt, & Giery, 1995), encouragement of aggressive behavior (Allen, D'Alessio, & Brezgel, 1995; Malamuth, Addison, & Koss, 2000; Vega & Malamuth, 2007), desensitization of audiences to victimization of women (Linz, Donnerstein, & Penrod, 1988), greater acceptance of sexual permissiveness and recreational attitudes toward sex (Lo & Wei, 2005; Peter & Valkenburg, 2006), reduction of men's esteem about their own bodies (Morrison, Ellis, Morrison, Bearden, & Harriman,

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Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Dec 1, 2008

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