Reimagining Public Health and Internet Pornography: Guilty Pleasure, Addiction or Something Else?

Reimagining Public Health and Internet Pornography: Guilty Pleasure, Addiction or Something Else?

Professor William M. Struthers

There has been increased interest in understanding the impact of Internet pornography in the last decade. This interest stems from a variety of fields such as mental health professionals, brain researchers, the criminal justice system, public policy advocates, and clergy. Framing the issue as a public health issue in the US and abroad has provided a means to address some of the issues that Internet pornography presents. A number of frameworks will be presented about Internet pornography’s impact on individuals and the culture to foster thoughtful policy decisions, reduce social rancor, provide clarity when there is confusion, and to uphold the dignity of those affected.

Dr. William M. Struthers (PhD. Biopsychology, The University of Illinois at Chicago) is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Certificate Coordinator at Wheaton College (IL). His lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments.  He is a grant recipient from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University (UK) to examine the uses and abuses of neuroscience research in society. Dr. Struthers has been a Visiting Research Fellow to Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought for his work on the impact of sexual exploitation on spirituality, and a Visiting Scholar in Science and Religion at Oxford University. He is currently researching the role of neuroscience in media and culture as part of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities. He is the author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain.