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Pornography: a public health crisis

By Jonathan Imbody | September 17, 2015

Excerpted from "Hilton to stop selling pay-per-view porn in its hotels - but hints that customers will still be able to access adult movies via WiFi," Daily Mail September 15, 2015 - Hilton Hotels has said it will stop offering on-demand pornography to all of its guests worldwide from next year. Hilton, which has more than 540 hotels in 78 different countries, said on-demand adult films will be phased out from September this year, and will be entirely removed by July 2016.

In 2011 Marriott Hotels took the same decision to ban on-demand porn, but admitted at the time that it was for financial reasons, as guests ditched traditional on-demand services for video streaming sites.

A company spokesman said: “We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide.”

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which had placed Hilton on a “dirty dozen” list for promoting pornography, hailed the move and said the company had been removed from the list.


Commentary

Jonathan ImbodyCMA VP for Govt. Relations Jonathan Imbody: “My friend and colleague Dawn Hawkins, who heads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, helped engineer this encouraging decision by Hilton. Dawn notes that ‘pornography not only contributes to the demand for sex trafficking, which is a serious concern in hotels, but it also contributes to child exploitation, sexual violence and lifelong porn addictions.’

“With tens of millions of Americans now imbibing and becoming addicted to pornography, many healthcare professionals are realizing that the consequences of this onslaught is a dire public health crisis. Longtime CMDA member Dr. Joe McIlhaney has authored several books related to the science of porn addiction, including the book Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children and his latest book Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women.

“In Hooked, Dr. McIlhaney notes, ‘Modern neuroscience research has uncovered startling new information about how sex affects our brains. We know that sex can literally change a person’s brain, influencing the thought process and affecting future decisions. And therein lies both the benefit and the risk. When sex is experienced in healthy ways it adds great value and satisfaction to life, but when experienced in unhealthy ways, at the wrong time, it can damage vital aspects of who we are as human beings.’

“You as a healthcare professional can play a profound healing role in the lives of your patients trapped in the web of pornography addiction. By combining proven medical therapies with spiritual support, you can help set your patients free to experience the true love and healthy relationships that pornography blocks.”

Resources
Girls Uncovered by Joe S. McIlhaney, MD
Pornography and the Brain: Public Health Considerations, Don Hilton, MD
Sex Addiction as a Disease: Evidence for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Response to Critics, Bonnie Phillipsa, Raju Hajelab and Donald L. Hilton
Why Pornography is a Public Health Issue, Cordelia Anderson, MA

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