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So I read this article after someone shared it on the twitters: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/wolf37/English - I was intrigued by this claim: "hardcore pornography’s effectiveness in achieving rapid desensitization in subjects has led to its frequent use in training doctors and military teams to deal with very shocking or sensitive situations." [citation needed].

It's a hard thing to search for information about - for example:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=training+doctors+pornography+desensitizing

returns a bajillion copies of the original article.

Anyone know if this kind of thing is actually done? Or is Ms Wolf making it up?
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This is one of those things that I personally can't research. I really hope that it is not true. As Nietzsche famously said "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."
 
Those scandals have nothing to do with impulse control, they involve powerful men who believe they are above consequences for such actions. If pornography were having that big of an impact on impulse control in men you would expect to see a correlating increase in rape and sexual assault. There's at least one study I know of that showed a significant negative correlation between access to pornography and incidence of rape:

http://www.toddkendall.net/internetcrime.pdf
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