Video July 18, 2013
Naomi Wolf Says Porn Is "Rewiring The Male Brain"

Naomi Wolf, author of 'Vagina: A New Biography', talks about pornography and its effect on men. She says technology is making it easier for young boys to get porn, and that they are seeking out more and more extreme forms of pornography.

In this clip, Naomi talks about...

The education of boys
George Stroumboulopoulos: How much is it about the education of boys and what boys don't learn?

Naomi Wolf: Everything. That's such a great question George, thank you.

Because of the vacuum of good adult discussion about how do you respect women sexually, how do you know about them, how do you respect yourself sexually, porn is rushing in and educating all of our children, and what I'm hearing counsellors in middle schools is so scary.

The effects of porn
NW: We do [know the effects of porn], and that's what so scary about this chapter, we're beginning to know, and you're absolutely right to look at the technology.

When you're just looking at a Playboy centrefold, it isn't messing with your brain, but the technology, the data is starting to rewire the male brain.

What happens when men masturbate to online pornography, which they can click a lot and get more and more extreme, is that the male brain - and to some extent the female brain - habituate to the imagery, so very quickly you need more and more extreme imagery to get the same level of arousal.

And what's also happening neurochemically is that men are bonding with the porn, so they're less and less able to feel aroused by their human partners, and more and more compulsive about this, and losing sensation.

Related:

THE BIO: Naomi Wolf

PHOTO: Naomi Wolf Backstage

Comments

Comments

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are pre-moderated/reviewed and published according to our submission guidelines.