erototoxin

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Etymology[edit]

eroto- +‎ toxin

Noun[edit]

erototoxin (plural erototoxins)

  1. a notional addictive chemical claimed to be released in the brain from looking at pornography
    • 2004 November 19, Ryan Singel, “Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack?”[1], Wired, ISSN 1059-1028: 
      Judith Reisman of the California Protective Parents Association suggested that more study of "erototoxins" could show how pornography is not speech-protected under the First Amendment.
    • 2005, Ron Luce, Battle Cry for a Generation: The Fight To Save America's Youth, Colorado Springs: Cook Communications Ministries, ISBN 9780781442671, LCCN 2006280821, OCLC 60768963, OL 8093989M, page 99:
      As we saw in the previous chapter, pornographic erototoxins always bypass cognition and speech, reaching the right brain instantly to trigger excitatory transmitters and to overcome inhibitory transmitter functions.
    • 2005 May/June, Jack Hitt, “The Diddly Award”, Mother Jones: 
      And the winner is...Sam Brownback, who considered spending more tax money to explore the “addictive,” “mind-altering,” porn poisons that one witness called “erototoxins.”
    • 2005 July 25, Ed Brayton, “Robert O'Brien Trophy Awarded to Judith Reisman”, Dispatches from the Creation Wars:
      There is no such thing as an "erototoxin", of course, but there are pleasure chemicals that are released in the brain called endorphins and they are released in a wide range of activities, including physical exercise, laughter and — surprise, surprise — sex itself.
    • 2007 October 1, Mark Pilkington, Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science's Outer Edge, New York: The Disinformation Company, ISBN 9781932857870, LCCN 2007935059, OL 12335288M:
      Not Reisman: erototoxins aren’t about pleasure; they’re a “fear-sex-shame-and-anger stimulant.”
    • 2010, Bettina Arndt, What Men Want in Bed, Melbourne University Publishing, ISBN 9780522861389, LCCN 2010530451, page 53:
      But there is no good evidence to support the claims of pseudo-experts like Dr Judith Reisman that pornography is what she calls a 'erototoxin', producing an addictive drug cocktail of testosterone, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, which cause the brain to be ‘structurally’ changed.