On Sex and Porn: Two Perspectives

Sunday, December 4th 2016 at 11:00 am
Sunday, December 4th 2016 at 3:30 pm
Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Two lectures today for the price of one! (Both are free to CFI Planet Level Members) 

First lecture at 11 a.m.

Pornography 2016: PornPanic, Public Health, & Porn Literacy

People are rightly concerned about the impact of internet porn - on kids and teens, young adults, parents and couples. Speaking on that impact will be Marty Klein, Ph.D., author of the new book, His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America's PornPanic With Honest Talk About Sex. In addition to discussing how internet porn affects our views of sex, gender, and bodies and how parents and couples can deal with these issues, Dr. Klein will discuss common myths about porn and the current PornPanic - the moral panic about porn being promoted both by the Right and the Left, undermining any rational, productive discourse about pornography. He will address the tension between free expression advocates who reject censorship, especially of alternative sexual expression, and concerns about possible negative effects of porn use on its consumers and society. 

Marty Klein

Klein, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 34 years, is the award-winning author of seven books about sexuality, including America's War on Sex and Sexual Intelligence. He appears frequently in the national media, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, and The Daily Show. An outspoken voice about many popular ideas about sexuality and America's controversy about sex addiction, Klein has a popular blog - www.SexEd.org. This is his fifth presentation for CFI.

Second lecture at 2 p.m.

The Myth of Sex and Porn Addiction

The notion of sex addiction is heard everywhere - from Oprah to Dr. Drew, preachers to school officials. It seems that every few days another politician, movie star or religious leader is caught engaging in some sexual behavior that is seen as forbidden or sinful. Their first response is often to apologize, claim to be a sex addict, and then join an addiction recovery program. In exploring this compelling topic, Dr. Darrel W. Ray comes to some surprising conclusions and recommendations as he questions who is diagnosing these people, what kind of treatment they really get in recovery programs, whether their behavior is aberrant in the first place, whether there is any science behind the concept, and what might be the real motivations behind such a claim. 

Darrel Ray

Ray is a psychologist and author of four books, two on organizational team issues, and two on the psychology of religion. He has spoken here before about The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture, which explores the social psychology of religion. He also wrote Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. Ray also hosts the podcast, "Secular Sexuality," which can be heard on iTunes or Spreaker. He has been a psychologist for more than 20 years, practicing counseling and clinical psychology for 10 years before moving into organizational psychology and consulting. A student of religion most of his life, he holds a doctorate in psychology, a master's degree in religion, and a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology. As a psychologist, Dr. Ray is interested in ways to eliminate religious shame and guilt and make more rational choices about life and sexuality. His recent article on "Male Shame" was published in American Atheist Magazine, and his most recent work has been on the myth of sex and porn addiction. 


Public: $8
Students: $4
Planet Level Members: FREE

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