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Dr. Judith Reisman

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: Dr. Judith Reisman Reply with quote

r. Judith Reisman is not actually a doctor in science or medicine. Her doctorate is in communications. She has no formal scientific training, nor has she done peer reviewed research. Except once. She got money from the federal government to prove a link between Playboy magazine and pedophilia. Her research was so poorly done that the sponsoring university refused to publish it.

Social conservatives love her. They consider her the leading expert on obscenity in the country, an expert on sex education, and an expert on the crimes of Alfred Kinsey. She’s testified before Congress and consulted for the Justice Department.

Her views are those of the classic pseudoscientist, who believe they have special access to knowledge and understanding that lesser mortals do not. She believes that sex education is morally wrong. She believes that the entire field of sexology and sex research is a fraud, and morally wrong. She’s the leading critic of sex research pioneer Alfred Kinsey, equating him to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. She accuses him of being a child molester, and just about anything else bad she can think of. She has made a crusade and mini-career out of attacking him and the Kinsey institute, unburdened by the old fashioned tradition of actually providing proof.

Homophobia is not a strong enough term to describe how she feels about gays. She believes that since they can’t have children, they have to aggressively recruit children. If not stopped, she says, some 30 percent of the population will become gay. She has her own version of Holocaust denial- she claims that gays were not killed by the Nazis, and in fact, the Nazi movement itself was actually a gay conspiracy. That’s why she claims that gay youth support groups are equivalent to Hitler youth.

She accuses Jews of leading the abortion industry, despite being Jewish herself. She’s testified as an expert witness that photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was a "fascist" whose pictures were "not art" because he did not show faces. She compared the book "Harmful to Minors" with "Mein Kampf," admitting she had read neither.

She presents herself as a researcher, although she has no background in science, medicine or research. She testified before Congress that, "Pornography triggers myriad kinds of internal, natural drugs that mimic the 'high' from a street drug. Addiction to pornography is addiction to what I dub 'erototoxins'--mind-altering drugs produced by the viewer's own brain.” She admits that no scientific research was done to develop her theory. Actual scientists don’t even accept the idea of porn addiction, let alone her notion of it being more powerful than cocaine and making permanent harmful changes to the brain. Her point, though, is to have pornography reclassified as a drug, thus allowing the federal government to control it, and skirt around that pesky first amendment.
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