Don Jon’s addiction

Don Jon’s addiction

Heads up. Emily Stinson has a great post over at

From a two and a half minute trailer for the new Don Jon movie (which was previously titled Don Jon’s Addiction) Stinson extrapolates five counter-cultural lessons:

1. Pornography is a problem.

2. Pornography is addictive.

3. Pornography messes with a person’s understanding of reality.

4. Romantic comedies mess with minds too.

5. Loving another person is a high risk, high reward endeavour.

These themes are also raised in a thoughtful blog post written several months ago. Greg Bottaro, a clinical psychologist, distinguishes between pornography as we commonly understand it, which arouses and manipulates desire in men, and emotional pornography — the sort of romantic fantasy perpetuated by chick lit and chick flicks — which arouses and manipulates desire in women.

I don’t know yet if I’ll bother with the film, but both blog posts are worth consideration: The truth about men, women, love and porn (in 2 minutes and 37 seconds) at, and Emotional Pornography at

  • Joel

    That car window punch was raw. I’ve always wanted to do that.

    This has a real ‘Saturday Night Fever’ ring to it. New Jersey, nightclubs, broads and all while paying lip service to the Church. And of course, the obligatory white singlets at the dinner table.

    Needless to say, I’ll be all over it.

  • MuMu

    If the clip is anything to go by, the film could be amazing, in that it seems to show that porn destroys true love, as surely as does ’emotional pornography’ – brilliant, whoever coined that phrase.

    Have never seen an entire episode of Days of Our lives, but I wonder how many housewives have ended their marriages because their husbands don;’t behave in the same way as the ‘femen’ in the soapies… testosterone-deprived men (with no jobs, it seems) available to emote all day long with their women!!!

    • Joel

      You’re right, they don’t seem to have jobs.

      “Emote all day with their women”…. gold.

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