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WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual content that some listeners may find disturbing. Discretion is advised.

(LifeSiteNews) — Sexual recovery specialist Paul Lavergne joins Jonathon on this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show to discuss the state of the conversation about pornography, its ubiquity and consequences among teenagers, and how to overcome porn addiction.

Lavergne believes that what has helped turn the public view on pornography is the fact that anti-porn advocates have managed to frame the issue into one of public health, as opposed to a strictly religious or moral issue. He also addresses how activists have been exposing and documenting how Pornhub and its Montreal-based parent company, Mindgeek, have knowingly allowed videos of underage and non-consensual sex to remain on their platform, a trend exemplified by a New York Times article from several years ago.

However, despite positive change in the conversation, the porn industry has been pushing research of its own that claims to show pornography is perfectly healthy. Lavergne contends, however, that porn activists are “driven by ideology” – an ideology that maintains that “anything goes… as long as it’s consensual.”

While it once may have taken years to find hardcore pornography, it now takes less than a minute. Lavergne says this leads to a problem whereby an entire generation of young people are formed in their sexual habits by hardcore pornography. According to Lavergne, pornography has become so normalized that there are very few people who will tell teenagers and children about the dangers and consequences of porn use.

Indeed, the problem of pornography itself can be such that porn addicts take their addiction with them into marriage, with partners either nonchalant about porn use, secretive about it, or unable to stop, leading to separations.

Lavergne notes, however, that the brain can be healed of porn addiction. By virtue of the brain’s neuroplasticity, he contends, the brain can be healed of the addiction, but that it will be difficult, take a long time, and in almost all cases require a good deal of help.

“Thanks to the black rectangle, we have a portable electronic delivery device for hardcore sexual material that people literally never leave,” Lavergne says. “We’ve never been more attached to anything, ever, in the history of the human race… historically speaking, than our black rectangles that can deliver this to us.”

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