Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly

Synopsis: Like it or not, porn is here and it is harmful. In this controversial film, award-winning filmmaker Justin Hunt dissects the impact of pornography on societies around the globe, from how it affects the brain of the individual, to how modern technology leads to greater exposure to youth, to watching it literally tear a family apart. In what may well be one of the most devastating issues in modern culture, this film will break down the damage that porn is doing to us a human race and leave you thinking that it's clearly time that we start taking porn addiction a bit more seriously.
Director(s): Justin Hunt
Production: Time & Tide Productions
82 min

In the beginning, there was man,

and there was woman.

From that moment on,

things have been tricky.

Going back to

Adam and Eve,

temptation has always been a third

party participant in human life.

From the time that cavemen

wrote on walls,

a struggle has ensued.

On down through time,

the tinge of desire

has pumped through

the veins of history.

In Asia, the Egyptians,

the Greeks, the Romans.

In 1748,

temptation and sexuality hit

a whole new level in England

with the publication of

"Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure",

a book better known

as "Fanny Hill".

Fast forward to 1896,

when Fatima did

her belly dance.

And we see sex now,

coming out of the shadows

and into

the cinematic mainstream.

In the 1960s, "I Am Curious"

hit the silver screen in Sweden,

and Pandora was given

a pretty little box to open.

Pornographic film erupted

in the 1970s,

and an IV of sexual material was injected

directly into the main vein of humanity.

As the appetite for sex and pornography

rumbled in the stomach of society,

along came an all-you-can-eat

buffet of porn,

the world wide web.

Because of that, we are now a planet

of technologically dependent beings

with our personal power cord plugged

directly into anything and everything,

and the current running

through our cables

is high voltage.

We are wired, sexual beings.

Sexuality is a fundamental part

of our basic human drives.

We're hardwired for sexuality.

It's a part of our structure,

cellular and DNA,

is to be sexual and to have sex.

And anything that activates

the sexual part of us

is already hitting

something innate with us.

It releases all these chemicals in

our body that make us feel good.

Why? 'Cause that's

the way we're made.

'Cause sex is supposed to make

you feel good, so you have more sex.

That's the way it works.

Um, that's human.

That's normal. That's healthy.

We have a almond-sized area

in the center of our brain,

the nucleus accumbens.

It's the I-want-it part of our brain.

It focuses on what we want,

and it's important because

it allows us to survive

by focusing on food and on reproduction,

for instance.

We survive as a species,

as an individual.

The chemical dopamine is produced

in an area called the mid-brain,

and there are wires that take this dopamine,

this chemical,

all the way to

the nucleus accumbens,

to a different

part of the brain.

It really powers

the brain with desire,

the mid-brain dopamine

factory does.

We call it

the ventral tegmental area.

The neurochemicals that exist

in the brain during sex

are the neurochemicals

that are supposed to be there.

Whether you're

masturbating to pornography

or having sex with a wife that

you've been married to for 30 years,

ain't no difference.

A fascinating study

has shown actual growth

in parts of the brain

that are used more

and atrophy in areas

that are used less.

It was first noticed

in a study of violin players

and further explored with brain

scans of medical students

both before and after an intense

three-month period of studying for exams.

Not only did the brain

grow and shrink,

but new neurological pathways

were formed as well.

In short, the brain is

actually reshaped.

That physical change

that we've scanned

with violin players

and medical students,

that is, um,

microscopic change that happens

in that we form, literally,

new brain connections

between brain cells

when we learn something new.

Particularly for powerful

reward learning.

Something as powerful

as pornography.

Here's a different analogy.

Imagine your brain

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