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522 Pornography as a Couples Issue

Marty Klein Marty Klein • Saturday Afternoon

With 40 million Americans viewing Internet pornography every month, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a proliferation of cases involving conflicts between porn users and their partners. This workshop will examine the typical dynamics of this conflict, and present strategies that’ll help support both members of a couple as they struggle with the issue. We’ll discuss the broad range of

feelings and concerns that arise---jealousy, betrayal, body image, what’s “permitted” at home, religious values---and explore questions that can shed light on underlying relational problems, including: Is arguing about pornography use a way to avoid confronting deficits in the sexual relationship? Does conflict about porn use reflect an unspoken discomfort with masturbation? Is this conflict part of a bigger power struggle within the couple? You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the context of pornography use and new strategies for treating the real issues involved.

Marty Klein, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist for 31 years, has contributed more than 100 articles to such publications as The Journal of Sex Research and San Francisco Medicine. He’s authored six books, most recently Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want From Sex---and How to Get It. To learn more, visit http://www.sexed.org.