Aggressive trademark infringement waged by group headed by Nicole Prause (www.realyourbrainonporn.com).

Introduction

As Your Brain on Porn has been continuously engaged in vigorous debate around the subject of compulsive pornography consumption since before 2011, our website certainly doesn’t take issue with, or fear, opposing views. Sexual health experts are welcome to offer views about internet pornography’s effects that differ from our views.

We thrive on debate as we believe that the facts surrounding the issue, along with the research, support that problems often emerge when people use too much internet pornography. But to this day, not many pro-porn activists have been willing to engage in substantive debate with us, resorting instead to unsavory tactics such as straw-men, lies, personal attacks, harassment, and defamation – and now, trademark infringement, impersonation, and domain-name squatting.

While we encourage these intellectual opponents to share their pro-porn views for us to continue to refute with facts and citations, they are not legally permitted to impersonate us. Table of contents:

  1. At long last, porn addiction deniers openly function as an agenda-driven collective (RealYBOP “experts”)
  2. Trademark infringement and targeted harassment: Details
  3. Why not revert to ScienceOfArousal.com?
  4. RealYBOP Twitter account: Attempted trademark grab includes a Twitter account with a pro-porn industry agenda
  5. The experts create a Reddit account (Sciencearousal) to promote “RealYourBrainOnPorn.com” while disparaging Gary Wilson & the legitimate “Your Brain On Porn”
  6. The “experts” create two aliases to edit Wikipedia, inserting links to RealYourBrainOnporn.com while deleting legitimate material about pornography’s effects
  7. May 1, 2019 cease and desist letters to those behind the infringing site (the “Experts”)
  8. July, 2019: Nicole Prause supplies troll NerdyKinkyCommie with a YBOP trademark lawsuit document; NerdyKinkyCommie lies about a document; & RealYBOP experts spread his libelous tweets, adding their own lies
  9. August, 21-27, 2019: Realyourbrainonporn (Daniel Burgess) defamation/harassment of Gary Wilson: Fake porn URLs “found” in the Internet Wayback Archive

At long last, porn addiction deniers openly function as an agenda-driven collective (RealYBOP “experts”)

While we welcome opposing views, we think it worth pointing out that many members of this new collective of RealYBOP “experts” are well known to YBOP and other porn skeptics. Some of them are authors of outlier studies and many parrot unsupported pro-industry talking points, which find their way into biased (placed?) mainstream press articles (Nicole Prause, Marty Klein, Lynn Comella, David J. Ley, Emily F. Rothman, Samuel Perry, Taylor Kohut, William Fisher, Peter Finn, Janniko Georgiadis, Erick Janssen, Aleksandar Štulhofer, Joshua Grubbs, James Cantor, Michael Seto, Justin Lehmiller, Victoria Hartmann, Julia Velten, Roger Libby, Doug Braun-Harvey, David Hersh, Jennifer Valli).

A few of the experts regularly mislead journalists, their colleagues, and academic journal editors about the true balance of internet porn research. On social media and in lay articles they promote their small collection of cherry-picked, outlier papers, and/or misrepresent the true implications of their data. Visit this page to see critiques of some of their most questionable progeny.

While many of these “experts” have regularly collaborated on social media or co-authored academic or popular articles, each member of the RealYBOP has until now purported to be an independent and unbiased purveyor of truth and science. Yet YBOP and many other porn skeptics have long known that various members of this cliquish band of “experts” conspire overtly and behind the scenes, manipulating journalists, sharing talking points, emailing governing bodies, and even influencing the peer-reviewed process in dubious ways (these 2 pages provide extensive documentation of said behaviors: page 1, page 2).

The two most vocal and best known, Nicole Prause and David Ley, have engaged in overt and covert defamation, harassment and cyberstalking, targeting groups and individuals who believe, based on the objective evidence, that today’s porn might be causing significant problems for some users. Few of their targets are aware of Prause and Ley’s long history of misconduct and disturbing malfeasance. The following pages document hundreds of incidents over several years:

It seems likely that Prause is a key participant in the RealYBOP website and related social media accounts, as:

  1. The content, studies, and phrasing of the illegitimate site and tweets mirror Prause’s previous propaganda pieces and social media posts. Curiously, PornHub was the first to retweet the new Twitter account’s maiden tweet, even though the new Twitter account had no followers yet. How did PornHub know of its inception?
  2. The press release, site and related social media accounts target Gary Wilson (overtly or covertly), and Prause has been obsessively harassing Wilson for 6 years.
  3. This appears to be Prause’s second attempt at creating an agenda-driven website. In 2016, it seems that Prause created a username called “PornHelps,” which had its own Twitter account (@pornhelps) and a website (with a forum no one used) promoting the porn industry as well as outlier studies reporting “positive” effects of porn. “PornHelps” chronically badgered the same people and organizations that Prause also often attacks. In fact, Prause herself would sometimes team up with her apparent alias “PornHelps” to attack individuals on Twitter and elsewhere in tandem. For documentation, see Was Nicole Prause “PornHelps”? (PornHelps website, @pornhelps on Twitter, comments under articles). All accounts deleted once Prause was outed as “PornHelps.”

 


Trademark infringement and targeted harassment: Details

The URL for this website (YourBrainOnPorn.com) was registered in 2010, has some 20,000 unique visitors a day, more than 11,000 pages of content, and has long functioned as a well-known clearinghouse for information related to internet porn’s effects. For almost a decade it has been linked to by thousands of other websites, and mentioned in numerous news articles or podcasts, as well as being cited in several peer-review studies. The host of the site is also the author of a highly regarded book entitled Your Brain On Porn, first published in 2014.

On January 29, 2019, Prause filed a trademark application to obtain YOURBRAINONPORN and YOURBRAINONPORN.COM. These marks have been used by the popular website www.YourBrainOnPorn.com and its host Gary Wilson for nearly a decade – facts well known to Prause, who has frequently disparaged the latter website and its host since 2013.

In April, 2019, a blatant trademark infringement campaign was launched targeting YourBrainOnPorn.com. A new website with the URL realyourbrainonporn.com appeared, just a few days after the website ScienceOfArousal.com (see above) had appeared. As explained above, the later URL, featuring much the same cast of self-proclaimed “experts,” replaced the earlier ScienceOfArousal.com. Use of the URL for the latter redirected its visitors to the second (infringing) site’s URL.

The new imposter site attempts to trick the visitor, with the center of each page declaring “Welcome to the REAL Your Brain On Porn,” as the tab falsely proclaims “Your Brain On Porn.”

When the link for the imposter site is emailed it appears as “Your Brain on Porn”:

When a RealYourBrainOnPorn (@BrainOnPorn) tweet is retweeted it appears as “Your Brain on Porn” and “YBOP (our most frequently used nickname)”:

The URL for the counterfeit site was registered on March 13th, 2019:

Although the Whois Record withholds the identity of the registrant, those apparently responsible for this unlawful trademark infringement can presumably be found among the infringing site’s so-called “Experts”: https://www.realyourbrainonporn.com/experts.

To promote their new site, while maliciously disparaging Gary Wilson and the legitimate YourBrainOnPorn, the creators of the imposter site created a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/BrainOnPorn), YouTube channel, Facebook page, and published a press release.

Twitter account: Judge for yourself whether the imposter site and its “experts” further the interests of the porn industry or the authentic search for scientific truth by perusing this collection of RealYBOP tweets. Written in Dr. Nicole Prause’s distinctive, misleading style, the tweets extol the benefits of porn, misrepresent the current state of the research, and troll individuals and organizations Prause has previously harassed.

Facebook:

YouTube:

Press release: In a further attempt to confuse the public, the press release falsely claims to originate from Gary Wilson’s home town – Ashland, Oregon. (None of the imposter site’s “experts” live in Oregon, let alone Ashland.)

In addition, the creators of the imposter site registered a reddit account (user/sciencearousal) to spam porn recovery forums reddit/pornfree and reddit/NoFap with promotional drivel, claiming porn use is harmless and disparaging YourBrainOnPorn.com and Gary Wilson (see their reddit comments below). These comments, in Prause’s style, promote her studies, attack the concept of porn addiction, disparage Wilson and YBOP, belittle men in recovery, and defame porn skeptics. It’s important to note that Prause has a long, documented history of employing numerous aliases to post on porn recovery forums.

On April 25th, the Sciencearousal username appeared on Wikipedia, inserting links and deleting legitimate material about pornography’s effects. (On April 17 one of Sciencearousal’s aliases tried to do the same: SecondaryEd2020). See the scienceofarousal Wikipedia edits below. This campaign of misinformation is business-as-usual, as these 2 pages have documented over 30 apparent, illicit sock-puppets of Prause (one of the new site’s “experts”), which she has created to insert her propaganda and defame individuals and organizations: page 1, page 2. (Wikipedia’s rules prohibit sock-puppets.)

The legitimate YBOP, this website, stands by its brand, services and resources and is taking legal steps to address the infringing and unfair activities of the “Real Your Brain On Porn” site.

Update (July, 2019): Legal actions revealed that Daniel Burgess is the current owner of the realyourbrainonporn.com URL. In March or 2018, Daniel Burgess appeared out of nowhere, engaging in targeted harassment and defamation of Gary Wilson and YBOP on multiple social platforms. Some of Burgess’s libelous claims and disturbed rantings are documented and debunked here: Addressing Unsupported Claims and Personal Attacks by Daniel Burgess (March, 2018) (Unsurprisingly Burgess is a close ally of Nicole Prause).


Why not revert to ScienceOfArousal.com?

Why did these self-proclaimed experts change their site name to mirror our website’s name, when their first-choice URL was ScienceOfArousal.com? Proof: copy & paste this URL into your browser. It will redirect you to “realyourbrainonporn” – https://www.scienceofarousal.com. Why do they now claim that they have been censored by a request to cease their trademark infringement, when they could simply revert to their erstwhile brand name ScienceOfArousal.com and continue to operate freely and legally?

SCREENSHOT FROM APRIL 16, 2019, when SOA first appeared

We have never attempted to censor opposing views and critiques, unlike one of the Alliance “experts,” Dr. Prause, who has repeatedly tried to remove evidence of her behavior with groundless DMCA takedown requests. We simply ask that that these vocal spokespersons hold forth from their original pulpit, the URL and brand name “Science of Arousal” (ScienceOfArousal.com). And that they relinquish the subsequent name they employed along with the corresponding trademark application (for a name that YBOP has operated under for almost 10 years). Why do they engage in these apparent attempts to suppress traffic to our website and confuse the public?

On to RealYBOP’s social media accounts.

“RealYBOP Twitter account”: Attempted trademark grab includes a Twitter account with a pro-porn industry agenda

Here is a full collection of tweets by the new site (all of which are written in Prause’s distinctive, misleading style). These were compiled for legal reasons. Judge for yourself, do they further the interests of the porn industry or the authentic search for scientific truth? Below we offer select RealYBOP tweets, revealing Prause’s familiar agenda.

Note: the twitter account for RealYBOP has yet to tweet a study reporting negative outcomes related to porn… even though the vast preponderance of pornography studies report negative outcomes. This alone exposes both accounts as promoting the porn industry’s agenda.

We start with the very first tweet by Real YBOP. Notice that about half of the retweets were by accounts associated with the porn industry. Note: As the RealYBOP account had no followers at that point, it means these accounts were likely notified via email. In fact, PornHub was the second account to retweet this, indicating a coordinated effort between PornHub and the RealYBOP account!

PornHub was the second account to retweet the above, but a RealYBOP listed expert, Victoria Hartman, was the first:

Evidence that RealYBOP Twitter and website are in cahoots with the porn industry?

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Just as Prause often does, RealYBOP trolls an account that claims porn use may cause problems:

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Trolling another porn skeptic:

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Just like Prause, RealYBOP attacks state resolutions about porn:

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RealYBOP tweeting under a Ley tweet libeling Gary Wilson (Prause & Ley’s top targets are Wilson and YBOP). Who else but Prause would do this?

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Just as Prause often does, RealYBOP cites Taylor Kohut’s oulier non-quantitative study on relationships:

Taylor Kohut’s skewed qualitative paper is thoroughly dismantled here: Perceived Effects of Pornography on the Couple Relationship: Initial Findings of Open-Ended, Participant-Informed, “Bottom-Up” Research (2016), Taylor Kohut, William A. Fisher, Lorne Campbell. The intention behind this Taylor Kohut study is to (attempt to) counter the over 65 studies linking porn use to negative effects on relationships.

RealYBOP trolling Skeptic Magazine editor Michael Shermer (who published 2 articles by Gary Wilson and Phil Zimbardo).

Prause and Ley have often disparaged Dr. Zimbardo: Summer, 2018: Prause & David Ley attempt to smear renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo

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Again, trolling a thread to spread propaganda and falsehoods. RealYBOP is lying about the World Health Organization’s diagnostic manual the ICD-11, as Prause did in 50 preceding tweets, and in her Slate article: Debunking “Why Are We Still So Worried About Wat­­ching Porn?”, by Marty Klein, Taylor Kohut, and Nicole Prause (2018).

RealYBOP mimics all of Prause’s favorite talking points in this second tweet.

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Next up: Promoting a new study on female porn stars, which reported an expected finding: lower rates of sexual dysfunction than the general population. BUT RealYBOP did not tweet a study by the same research group, which found much higher rates of ED in male performers! The research survey of male adult film actors published in 2018 reported 37% of male porn stars, ages 20-29, had moderate to severe erectile dysfunction (the IIEF, which measures performance during partnered sex, is the standard urology test for erectile function).

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Prause’s number 1 obsession. This tweet is about Gary Wilson and the study involving 7 Navy doctors, which has been a Prause obsession for 4 years running: Prause’s efforts to have Behavioral Sciences review paper (Park et al., 2016) retracted. The paper in question: Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports (Park et al., 2016). As of early 2019, Park et al., 2016 has been cited by over 40 other peer-reviewed papers, and is the most viewed paper in the history of the journal Behavioral Sciences.

Two lies in the RealYBOP tweet:

  1. Real YBOP lies about replication, as Park et al., 2016 was review of the literature, and the new study was survey data from a naval urology clinic. (You can’t “replicate” a review.)
  2. The authors of the new paper believe it supports the existence of porn-induced ED.

The authors of the current study do not agree with spin and omissions by “realYBOP.” The US Navy doctors believe their data lend support to the existence of porn-induced ED (see screenshots). They suspect sexual conditioning, rather than porn addiction (which is what YBOP has said for years). Graph:

The above study was presented at the American Urological Association’s 2017 meeting – Study sees link between porn and sexual dysfunction (2017).

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In the following 4-tweet series, RealYBOP posts on Gary Wilson’s thread. Both Prause and RealYBOP blocked Wilson so they could sneak tweets onto his threads. Are they afraid that Wilson will debunk their misinformation?

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April, 28th, 2019 – RealYBOP trolls a few old tweets by Director of Abolition for Exodus Cry, Laila Mickelwait. This is no coincidence as Prause has harassed and libeled Exodus Cry, their CEO Benjamin Nolot, and Director Laila Mickelwait. For details see this section of Prause page #2: February, 2019: Prause falsely accuses Exodus Cry of fraud. Asks twitter followers to report the non-profit to the Missouri attorney general (for spurious reasons), Appears to have edited the CEO’s Wikipedia page.

RealYBOP tweets under 2-week old tweet, misrepresnting the reserach (sounds exactly like Prause)

RealYBOP trolls another old Mickelwait thread, informing her that Norman Doidge is mistaken about porn-induced ED:

Here are some”actual scientists”: 30 studies linking porn use/porn addiction to sexual problems and lower arousal to sexual stimuli. The first 6 studies in the list demonstrate causation, as participants eliminated porn use and healed chronic sexual dysfunctions.

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There are many more RealYBOP tweets on this page (which are collected for legal reasons).


The experts create a Reddit account (Sciencearousal) to promote “RealYourBrainOnPorn.com” while disparaging Gary Wilson & the legitimate “Your Brain On Porn”

On April 13, 2019 RealYBOP “experts” created a reddit account user/sciencearousal to troll and spam reddit porn recovery forums, usually posting wherever Gary Wilson’s name or “Your Brain On Porn” appeared. Until otherwise informed, we must assume that user/sciencearousal speaks (defames?) for all the “experts” listed on their collective website: https://www.realyourbrainonporn.com/experts.

Sciencearousal’s first post boldly references to the imposter site “Your Brain On Porn”:

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More trolling/spamming:

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Trolling a 2-month old post about Gary Wilson, disparaging him:

The above comments mirror those made by both Nicole Prause (and her many aliases) and David Ley. The defamatory and malicious comments began appearing in July, 2013, a few days after Wilson published a critique of Prause ‘s first EEG study. The comments are very similar in content and tone. In the beginning Prause employed dozens of fake usernames to post on porn recovery forums, Quora, Wikipedia, and in the comment sections under articles. Prause rarely used her real name or her own social media accounts.

That all changed after UCLA chose not to renew Prause’s contract (around January, 2015). Freed from any oversight and now self-employed, Prause began to put her name to falsehoods, openly cyber-harassing multiple individuals and organizations on social media and elsewhere. As Prause’s primary target was Wilson (hundreds of social media comments along with behind-the-scenes email campaigns), it became necessary to monitor and document Prause’s tweets and posts. This was done for her victims’ protection, and crucial for any future legal actions. These 2 pages document hundreds of incidents of harassment and documented defamation:

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Once again, comments mirror those made by Prause (and her many aliases), disparaging Wilson. In addition, Sciencearousal misrepresents the state of the research, promotes the porn industry’s agenda, and informs a r/pornfree member that porn use is positive for 99% of the population:

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Sciencearousal trolls another thread mentioning “Your Brain On Porn”:

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Sciencearousal trolls another thread mentioning “Your Brain On Porn”. She posts a comment in a one-person subreddit that spams NoFap. The pots is a 2012 rant about Gary Wilson’s TEDx talk, by ReaYBOP “expert” Jason Winters:

Jason Winters rant was thoroughly debunked on these 2 extensive pages:

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Sciencearousal trolls a thread mentioning Gary Wilson’s book, disparaging both: Your Brain On Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction

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As Prause and her internet aliases have done countless times, Sciencearousal disparages Wilson’s TEDx talk:

There’s evidence that Prause (and some of the other “experts” listed on “RealYBOP”) harassed TED for 5 straight years… until its biased “science curator” gave in (the curator only has a bachelor’s degree in writing, not science) and placed an unmerited note on the talk. In reality everything in the TEDx talk is fully supported, with hundreds of new studies supporting its assertions since the talk was given (March, 2012). See these 2 extensive pages for scientific support for Wilson’s talk:

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Sciencearousal continues to disparage Wilson while try to persuade the world that RealYBOP accurately represents the current state of the research (it doesn’t):

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More inaccurate, unsupported claims by Sciencearousal. Continued attacks on Wilson:

Incidentally, the imposter site features cherry-picked studies, while excluding nearly every study linking porn use to negative outcomes (that is, the majority of porn studies). In those few RealYBOP studies listed that did report negative outcomes, RealYBOP omits such findings from its descriptions. Thanks to YBOP’s curated lists of relevant studies anyone can easily identify RealYBOP’s bias:

  1. RealYBOP omitted all 43 neurological studies on porn users and CSB subjects, except for Prause et al., 2015 (RealYBOP doesn’t tell the readers about the 8 peer-reviewed papers that say that Prause’s EEG study actually supports addiction model).
  2. RealYBOP omitted all but two of these70 studies linking porn use to less sexual and relationship satisfaction. It misled the reader on those 2 studies (and others in the “love” category): as both link porn use to poorer relationship satisfaction or more infidelity: study 1, study 2.
  3. RealYBOP omitted all 22 recent neuroscience-based literature reviews & commentaries, authored by some of the top neuroscientists in the world. All 21 papers support the addiction model.
  4. RealYBOP omitted every study on this list of over 25 studies linking porn use to “un-egalitarian attitudes” toward women and sexist views. It omitted this 2016 meta-analysis of 135 studies assessing the effects of porn and sexual media use on beliefs, attitudes and behaviors: Media and Sexualization: State of Empirical Research, 1995–2015.
  5. RealYBOP omitted all but two of the papers in this list of over 35 studies reporting findings consistent with escalation of porn use (tolerance), habituation to porn, and even withdrawal symptoms (all signs and symptoms associated with addiction). The two studies are by Nicole Prause and Alexander Štulhofer, whose carefully crafted write-ups mislead the reader: study 1 (Prause et al., 2015 – again); study 2 by Štulhofer.
  6. RealYBOP omitted all but three of the papers in this list of over 30 studies linking porn use/porn addiction to sexual problems and lower arousal to sexual stimuli. Not surprisingly, the 3 studies are by Alexander Štulhofer, Joshua Grubbs, and James Cantor. In a blatant example of science deniers misrepresenting their own studies, the actual data in all 3 papers in fact reported links between sexual problems and porn use or porn addiction: study 1 by Štulhofer; study 2 by Grubbs; study 3 by James Cantor.
  7. RealYBOP omitted all but two of the 26 studies countering the talking point that sex and porn addicts “just have high sexual desire” (same two papers misrepresented in the previous list: study by Štulhofer; study by James Cantor).
  8. RealYBOP omitted all the papers in this list of over 65 studies linking porn use to poorer mental-emotional health and poorer cognitive outcomes.
  9. RealYBOP omitted all 250 studies in this comprehensive list of peer-reviewed papers assessing porn’s effect on adolescents.

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Sciencearousal posts, spamming porn addiction recovery site reddit/NoFap:

Incidentally, Prause has spent years defaming and harassing Nofap founder Alexander Rhodes. See these sections documenting Prause and Ley’s unethical harassment and defamation:

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Concurrently, sciencearousal creates a post, spamming porn addiction recovery site reddit/pornfree:

Sciencearousal posts 17 comments under the above post. Many comments involve defamation and disparagement of Wilson and this website.

This comment is identical to emails, social media posts, and Wikipedia edits by Prause. Prause fabricates a story that Wilson is being paid off by a charity. Not so, as documented.

For documentation of Prause’s lies and harassment related to the charity see:

Sciencearousal continues with falsehoods and disparagement:

As for cherry-picking, YBOP exposes many of RealYBOP’s “experts” as the cherry-pickers in this article: Porn Science Deniers Alliance (AKA: “Real Your Brain On Porn”)

Sciencearousal’s “expert” continues with defamation of Wilson and a Scottish charity:

More falsehoods and disparagement of Wilson and YBOP:

When called out for blatant trademark infringement, Sciencearousal accuses a r/pornfree member of “libel”:

Note: everyone on r/pornfree is aware of the legitimate YBOP, as a link to YourBrainOnPorn.com has been in the right-hand sidebar there for years.

When called out Sciencearousal responds by accusing the pornfree member of “misrepresenting the science”:

Sciencearousal escalates:

Pointing out blatant trademark infringement by RealYBOP is mischaracterized as “attacking scientists.”

Sciencearousal’s comments become increasingly bizarre:

No one accused anyone of “being in porn.” However, a few r/pornfree members wondered in comments if Sciencearousal might just be Prause. They, and the r/pornfree moderator, were obviously aware of Prause’s past history of employing various aliases to spread her propaganda on r/pornfree. Prause has long had an odd habit of creating most of her usernames from 2-4 capitalized words (i.e. GaryWilsonStalker). See list of her apparent aliases below. While many of the usernames and comment were deleted, a few examples with content remain:

  • https://www.reddit.com/user/SexMythBusters
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/ReadMoreAndMore
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/HeartInternetPorn
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/FightPower
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/DallasLandia
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/CupOJoe2010
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/GaryWilsonPervert
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/PenisAddict
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/DataScienceLA
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/AskingForProof
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/JumpinJackFlashZ0oom
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/fappygirlmore
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/locuspocuspenisless
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/ijdfgo
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/vnwpwejfb
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/alahewakbear
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/gjacwo
  • http://www.reddit.com/user/SearchingForTruthNot
  • http://www.reddit.com/user/DontDoDallas
  • http://www.reddit.com/user/HighHorseNotOn
  • http://www.reddit.com/user/SoManyMalts
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/TruthWithOut
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/RevealingAll
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/sinwvon
  • https://www.reddit.com/user/sciencearousal

Many more (apparent) Prause aliases are exposed here, and here.

When asked which RealYBOP “expert” they might be, Sciencearousal plays the victim:

Questioned as to ‘which model of what’ RealYBOP is claiming to falsify, Sciencearousal evades:

When asked for a second time to divulge identity, Sciencearousal resorts to disparaging YBOP and fabricating incidents:

Like Prause, Ley and some of the other RealYBOP “experts” often do, Sciencearousal disparages Don Hilton, Rob Weiss, IITAP and CSATs:

Several sections documenting Prause and Ley’s history of defaming and harassing CSAT’s, Don Hilton MD, and Rob Weiss:

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Sciencearousal tunes up a few days later on r/NoFap, telling us that masturbation, not porn is the real problem. (Apparently, porn must be protected at all costs, even if it means throwing masturbation under the bus.)

Prause and Ley have been campaigning to blame masturbation for over 3 years: Sexologists deny porn-induced ED by claiming masturbation is the problem (2016), while simultaneously insisting that anyone mentioning porn-related problems is anti-masturbation. (Huh?)

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Sciencearousal on r/NoFap once again trying to convince men with problematic porn use that masturbation, not porn, is the real culprit. Also falsely claims that 7 labs have independently confirmed her assertion (simply untrue).

As for peer-reviewed data that quitting improves outcomes, see the first 9 studies on this page: Over 75 Studies demonstrating internet use & porn use causing negative outcomes & symptoms, and brain changes.

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June 7th, 2019: realyourbrainonporn twitter account and reddit user scienceofarousal tune up on a smear campaign they initiated. RealYBOP falsely claims the “anti-porn” movement is rooted in hate groups.

As RealYBOP was tweeting, the RealYBOP Reddit account (user/sciencearousal) was spamming r/nofap with the Kuznia article, implying that r/nofap is a hate group:

Sciencearousal (Prause) followed up her post with what on the surface appears to be an uncharacteristically sincere answer:

However, closer examination reveals a link to one of Prause & Ley’s all time favorite propaganda articles: a 2016 David Duke article with a link to Gary Wilson’s TEDx talk. Ley and Prause have used this over and over to suggest (falsely) that Wilson is allied with Duke. That’s what sciencearousal is trying to do with her oh-so-reasonable comment (hoping not to be deleted). Disgusting ploy.

A few more examples:

Prause immediately retweeted it (then later deleted her tweet):

Wilson’s TEDx talk has some 11 million views, so thousands of folks of all stripes have linked to (and recommended) Wilson’s talk, “The Great Porn Experiment.” How does this implicate Gary Wilson as a “white supremacist?” It doesn’t, of course. This ridiculous assertion is like suggesting all dog lovers are Nazis because Hitler loved his dogs.


The “experts” create two aliases to edit Wikipedia, inserting links to RealYourBrainOnporn.com while deleting legitimate material about pornography’s effects.

On April 24th, the Sciencearousal username appeared on Wikipedia, inserting links to RealYourBrainOnporn.com and deleting legitimate material about pornography’s effects. This wasn’t Sciencearousal’s first attempt, as an alias (SecondaryEd2020) tried to do the same on April 17th. (Wikipedia’s rules prohibit sock-puppets, but pro-porn posters seem immune from its rules.) Screenshot of the Pornography Wikipedia talk page with SecondaryEd2020 and Sciencearousal, trying to convince other Wikipedia editors to allow her to cite “RealYourBrainOnPorn.com”:

Eventually Wikipedia banned both Sciencearousal and SecondaryEd2020 as sockpuppets of NeuroSex/Prause (several more sockpuppets are still being investigated): wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_sockpuppets_of_NeuroSex. (These 2 pages document over 20 apparent illicit sock-puppets of Nicole Prause, created to insert her propaganda and defame individuals and organizations: page 1, page 2.)

We present further evidence that Sciencearousal and SecondaryEd2020 and NeuroSex all are Prause.

April 14, 2019: SecondaryEd2020 attempting to insert “RealYourBrainOnPorn.com” into the Pornography Addiction Wikipedia page:

Within a few a days SecondaryEd2020 was banned as yet another sockpuppet of NeuroSex (Prause) – but that didn’t prevent Prause from creating another sockpuppet.

A few days later Prause created Sciencearousal, editing the Pornography Addiction Wikipedia page with material mirroring previous edits by other Prause sockpuppets. For example, Sciencearousal deletes well-known neurological studies by addiction neuroscientists (Neurobiology of Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Emerging Science (Kraus et al., 2016); HPA Axis Dysregulation in Men With Hypersexual Disorder (Chatzittofis, 2015):

Sciencearousal inserts the infamous 2016 AASECT proclamation (asserting sex addiction doesn’t exist) and disparages America’s top addiction experts at The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Numerous Prause sockpuppets have inserted the same edits.

It must be stated that AASECT is not a scientific organization and cited nothing to support the assertions in its own press release – rendering its opinion meaningless. Most importantly AASECT’s proclamation was pushed through by Michael Aaron and a few other AASECT members using unethical “guerrilla tactics” as Aaron admitted in this Psychology Today blog post: Analysis: How the AASECT Sex Addiction Statement Was Created. For accurate accounting of AASECT’s propaganda, we suggest: Decoding AASECT’s “Position on Sex Addiction, Here’s to Hope for a Change, Alternative Facts: AASECT and the Anti Sex Addiction Rant, and The Revealing Backstory to the AASECT Position Statement on Sex/Porn Addiction.

Giving herself away, Sciencearousal adds two Nicole Prause papers to the pornography addiction page: (1) Modulation of Late Positive Potentials by Sexual Images in Problem Users and Controls Inconsistent with ‘Porn Addiction’ (Prause et al., 2015), and Analysis of “Data do not support sex as addictive” (Prause et al., 2017)

Both papers thoroughly exposed on these 2 pages:

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Sciencearousal went on to edit Prause’s other obsession, the Wikipedia page of academic publisher MDPI. As explained in other elsewhere, Prause is obsessed with MDPI because (1) Behavioral Sciences published two articles that Prause disagrees with (because they discussed papers by her, among hundreds of papers by other authors), and (2) Gary Wilson is a co-author of Park et al., 2016. Prause has a long history of cyberstalking and defaming Wilson, chronicled in this very extensive page. The two papers:

Prause immediately insisted that MDPI retract Park et al., 2016. The professional response to scholarly articles one disapproves of is to publish a comment outlining any objections. Behavioral Sciences’s parent company, MDPI, invited Prause to do this. She declined. Instead of publishing a formal comment, she unprofessionally turned to threats and social media (and most recently the Retraction Watch blog) to bully MDPI into retracting Park et al., of which I am a co-author with 7 US Navy physicians (including two urologists, two psychiatrists and a neuroscientist). In addition, she informed MDPI that she had filed complaints with the American Psychological Association. She then filed complaints with all the doctors’ medical boards. She also pressured the doctors’ medical center and Institutional Review Board, causing a lengthy, thorough investigation, which found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the paper’s authors. Prause also complained repeatedly to COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). COPE finally wrote MDPI with a hypothetical inquiry about retraction, based on Prause’s narrative that the “patients weren’t consented.” MDPI thoroughly re-investigated the consents obtained by the doctors who authored the paper, as well as US Navy policy around obtaining consents. On and on Prause went, including employing multiple aliases to edit MDPI Wikipedia pages inserting falsehoods about Wilson, his coauthors. and the paper. For much more, see: From 2015 through 2019: Prause’s efforts to have Behavioral Sciences review paper (Park et al., 2016) retracted.

Below are examples of Prause (as Sciencearousal) inserting her usual drivel. First, she tried to insert a mistake by the Norwegian Register, who accidentally downgraded MDPI’s rating from the normal “1” to a “0”.

The downgraded rating was a clerical error, and had long been resolved on the MDPI Wikipedia page. Prause knows the zero rating was a clerical error, yet she tweeted last month that MDPI was downgraded and that MDPI is a predatory journal (both are false and both are in Sciencearousal’s Wikipedia edit):

Prause (as Sciencearousal) also inserted her usual set of falsehoods related to Park et al., 2016 and Gary Wilson:

May 5, 2109: Sciencearousal appeals her ban as a sockpuppet of NeuroSex. Wikipedia informs her they made no mistake (they know she is lying):

As stated, we know of at least 30 other likely sockpuppets she has used to edit Wikipedia:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/ScienceIsForever
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/PatriotsAllTheWay
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/76.168.99.24
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/ScienceEditor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/JupiterCrossing
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/NotGaryWilson
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Neuro1973
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/209.194.90.6
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/172.91.65.30
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/130.216.57.166
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/71.196.154.4
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Editorf231409
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Cash_cat
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/TestAccount2018abc
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Suuperon
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/NeuroSex
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Defender1984
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/OMer1970
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/185.51.228.245
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/23.243.51.114
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/71.196.154.4
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/130.216.57.166
  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/67.129.129.52
  24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/SecondaryEd2020
  25. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Vjardin2
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/204.2.36.41
  27. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Wikibhw
  28. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Baseballreader899
  29. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/NewsYouCanUse2018
  30. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Sciencearousal
  31. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/101.98.39.36

There are probably many more we don’t know about…. and many more to come. A few sections of the Prause pages documenting some her Wikipedia sockpuppets (aliases):


May 1, 2019 cease and desist letters to those behind the infringing site (the “Experts”).

On May 1, 2019 the attorneys for the common-law owner of the trademarks “Your Brain On Born” and “YourBrainOnPorn.com” (this website) sent a cease and desist letter to all of those who appeared to be behind the infringing site (the “Experts”). A second letter also demands that Dr. Prause abandon her trademark-squatting application for the marks “Your Brain On Porn” and “YourBrainOnPorn.com.” Screenshots of Gary Wilson’s Cease & Desist letter:

Instead of complying with the letters’ reasonable, well documented demands, a number of the Experts responded with a derisory Twitter rage storm, baseless accusations that their “free speech rights” were being violated, and indications of malicious intent, such as threats to go to the press to have their infringing activities mischaracterized as “free speech.”

Here’s a Twitter response to the C&D letter by one of the experts, Lynn Comella, who incorrectly spins this as squelching her freedom of speech. PornHelp.org educates Comella. Eventually RealYBOP responds with a link that only Prause ever posts:

The old CBC link is mischaracterized by RealYBOP, as it has always been by Prause. It’s part of a very long saga, other highlights of which include Prause’s Twitter account being permanently banned, Prause publicly asking Gary Wilson about the size of penis…and so much more. See:

On the same Lynn Comella thread PornHelp.org educates a confused PhD:

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Real YBOP “expert” Victoria Hartmann joins the fray: with same drivel about “free speech”:

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Real YBOP “expert” Roger Libby joins the fray, claiming “intimidation” and “good science”:

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A tweet by Chris Donaghue, disparaging Gary Wilson, was later deleted:

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Real YBOP “expert” David Ley responds, claiming that he is regularly “threatened” (in all these years never provides a legitimate example of a threat). RealYBOP tweets “100%”:

Ley continues: (later deleted) –

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RealYBOP (Prause) is getting one of her allies to write an article:

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RealYBOP responds in her usual style:

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More false claims about being silenced:

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Prause & RealYBOP mirror each other’s tweets:

RealYBOP continues her rampage against Wilson:

Above tweet is nearly identical to 2 earlier tweets by Prause.

The journalist in question is Tracy Clark-Flory, who contacted Gary Wilson on May 22, 2019, with the following request:

I’m a reporter at Jezebel hoping to speak with you today. I’m writing about the recent conflict between the sites Your Brain on Porn and Real Your Brain On Porn, and I’m hoping to chat briefly by phone.

This means that Clark-Flory had been working on this story for 3 weeks before contacting Gary Wilson. Clark-Flory is sending a last-minute, so she can claim Wilson was contacted. For over 2 weeks, this notice has appeared at the bottom of several realYBOP pages:

There is little doubt that Clark-Flory’s article will be nothing more than a fictional account fed to her by Ley and Prause. Clark-Flory has a very long history of publishing stories in support of Prause and Ley’s agenda, usually claiming that porn use causes no problems or is largely beneficial. A few examples of Clark-Flory’s work related to pornography. Much bias?

  1. The best of Tumblr porn
  2. Is the government screwing pornographers?
  3. The war on lad mags
  4. Does porn cause violence? Morality in Media says evidence proves that porn causes does – but the faith-based organization is wrong
  5. Academia does porn
  6. Report: Sex addiction is BS
  7. Does porn hurt relationships?
  8. Study: Porn stars aren’t “damaged”
  9. GOP, hands off my porn!
  10. What is ethical porn?
  11. Santorum’s bad porn science
  12. Santorum is using kids to attack porn
  13. A new breed of porn CEO — female
  14. Porn is coming for your daughter!
  15. Anti-Porn Conservatives Turn a Porn Performer’s University Speech Into a Dumb-Ass Scandal
  16. Halsey’s Support for Sex Workers Has Nothing to Do With Trafficking
  17. Porn That Takes Senior Sex Seriously
  18. A Troll’s Alleged Attempt to Purge Porn Performers from Instagram
  19. The Porn Industry Is Rethinking How It Works With HIV Positive Performers
  20. ‘It Is Definitely Pee’: The Ecstatic, Pedialyte-Fueled Art of Performing Squirting in Porn
  21. This 1748 Erotic Novel Sure Can Describe a Dick!
  22. I.P Tumblr, Which Just Banned Porn
  23. Hugh Hefner’s Copy of Marilyn Monroe’s PlayboyIs Up For Auction for Creeps Into ‘Desperation’ Nudes
  24. Is ‘Feminist’ Porn Getting Its #MeToo Moment?
  25. Stoya Is ‘Over’ Talking About Feminist Porn
  26. Hundreds of Sex Workers Rally for International Whores Day
  27. Instagram’s Censorship of #Stripper Sparks Outcry from Sex Workers and Allies (Updated)
  28. How to Watch Porn, According to Shutterstock
  29. ‘Dwayne Johnson’ and ‘DJ Khaled’ Porn Searches Are Surging Because People Wanna See ‘Em Eat it
  30. Erika Lust Says She Has an ‘Ethical’ Alternative to ‘Mass-Produced’ Porn
  31. Inside the Feminist Porn Film Tackling Emotional Abuse and Fat-Shaming
  32. Facing SESTA and Political Threats, Sex Worker Organizations Brace for Fallout
  33. Checklists, Safe Words, and Interrupted Orgasms: How Directors Are Navigating Consent During ‘Rough’ Porn Shoots
  34. Pornhub Launches $25k Sex Research Grant for College Students

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RealYBOP comes back with a bizarre tweet under a 2-week old libelous tweet by David Ley, who actually (falsely) stated that the “folks at YBOP threatened his life.” (This false felony-accusation is grounds for a “defamation per se” a lawsuit).

RealYBOP claims Wilson has a puppet account (he doesn’t) and of course fails to link to this imaginary puppet account.

Playing tag-team, Prause provides her legal expertise to the Twitterverse:

We all do. But perhaps she should read trademark law…as well as the 1st amendment.

Note: Your Brain On Porn will pursue any and all legal recourse to oppose trademark infringement.


 

July, 2019: Prause supplies troll NerdyKinkyCommie with a YBOP trademark lawsuit document; NerdyKinkyCommie lies about a document; & RealYBOP experts spread his libelous tweets, adding their own lies

Background: NerdyKinkyCommie, whose Twitter handle is @SexualSocialist, appears to be a prolific troll. He freely admits to being obsessed with porn and sex and revels in harassing and defaming anyone who suggests that internet porn might cause problems. Among his favorite targets are Alexander Rhodes, NoFap, Fight The New Drug, Gary Wilson, and men in recovery from porn-related difficulties. Nerdy’s original Twitter account was permanently banned for relentless harassment of Fight The New Drug (Prause’s original account was also banned for harassment). In violation of Twitter rules, and just like Prause, Nerdy created a new Twitter account for trolling: https://twitter.com/SexualSocialist

NerdyKinkyCommie often re-tweets Ley, RealYBOP and Prause propaganda. Prause, Ley and Nerdy regularly engage in friendly banter, expressing their disdain for the aforementioned targets. In June and July, NerdyKinkyCommie trolled Gary Wilson threads posting material mirroring Prause & Ley’s disgusting tweets and screenshots struggling in vain to connect Gary Wilson, YBOP and Nofap with Nazis and white nationalists. One example of many such tweets:

Prause’s disgusting collaboration with NerdyKinkyCommie resulted in a 7-day Twitter-ban for Nerdy:

Wilson reported NerdyKinkyCommie, who was eventually banned for a week by Twitter.

After the ban, NerdyKinkyCommie continued where he left off, this time aided by Prause, the RealYBOP Twitter account, and RealYBOP “experts.”

On July 21 David Ley tweets in Nerdy’s thread that defamed Wilson:

The next day NerdyKinkyCommie produced a tweet that was most certainly constructed by Nicole Prause.

  1. It falsely accused Wilson of being funded by The Reward Foundation (Prause concocted this lie in 2016, repeating it on social media and on Wikipedia)
  2. The screenshot is of a the YourBrainOnPorn UK trademark provided to Prause’s lawyers, by Wilson, in trademark infringement case made necessary because Prause had filed an application for an infringing trademark.

What the above screenshot actually shows: Acting as Gary Wilson’s UK representative and using Wilson’s money, The Reward Foundation (a UK charity) paid the UK government to trademark YourBrainOnPorn in the UK. The UK trademark was a response to Prause trying to shut down YBOP by:

  1. filing a trademark application to obtain YOURBRAINONPORN and YOURBRAINONPORN.COM in January of 2019 (click for much more), and
  2. publicizing a new website with the trademark-infringing URL realyourbrainonporn.com in April of 2019.

As thoroughly explained elsewhere Wilson donates the proceeds of his book to The Reward Foundation. Wilson accepts no money, and has never received a dime for any of his efforts. YBOP accepts no ads and Wilson has accepted no fees for speaking. As documented in these sections, Prause has constructed a libelous fairy tale that Wilson is being paid by the same charity he donates his book proceeds to:

In fact, this is not true. The above two sections are addressed in Gary Wilson’s sworn affidavit, which is part of the Dr. Hilton’s defamation lawsuit filed against Dr. Prause. Here are the relevant sections of Wilson’s sworn affidavit filed in Federal Court: Gary Wilson of YBOP (affidavit #2 in Hilton defamation lawsuit):

Put simply, Nikky and Nerdy are collaborating in provable defamation (to repeat, Prause provided Nerdy with the “evidence” for his misleading tweet). Then RealYBOP, RealYBOP “experts” and  good old PornHub jumped aboard. First we have RealYBOP (Prause) immediately retweeting Nerdy’s lies, and adding her own (RealYBOP “expert” Roger Libby also comments):

All lies. RealYBOP isn’t a registered non-profit. In fact, all the experts advertise their services on RealYBOP. Moreover, David Ley and two other RealYourBrainOnPorn.com “experts” (Justin Lehmiller and Chris Donaghue) are being paid to promote xHamster websites! If you believe that RealYBOP isn’s biased, check out their tweets, or their so-called  “research page”. Other RealYBOP “experts” joined NerdyKinkCommie in defaming the legitimate YBOP, Wilson, and The Reward Foundation. First, “expert” Victoria Hartmann:

Then, of course, David Ley:

Taylor Kohut (as Smart Lab), who rarely tweets

Finally we have PornHub, a RealYBOP ally, “liking” the defamatory tweet (PornHub’s was the second Twitter account to tweet about RealYBOp’s new Twitter account and website when it appeared):

Hmmm… PornHub, Prause, Ley and Hartmann all “liking” the tweet of an obscure Twitter troll who had recently completed a 7-day ban for harassing Gary Wilson. Go figure.

The cherry on top of RealYBOP’s targeted defamatory cyberstalking: As described here, RealYBOP’s reddit account, sciencearousal trolled and spammed reddit porn recovery forums, usually posting wherever Gary Wilson’s name or “Your Brain On Porn” appeared. In her recent reddit posts, sciencearousal spammed a nofap subreddit with the same Rob Kuznia article frequently tweeted by RealYBOP and Nikky (Kuznia is pals with Nikky). Nofap deleted her post:

RealYBOP/sciencearousal comment where she links to her fav – David Duke’s article about porn, which conatins a link to Gary Wilson’s TEDx Talk (Sciencearousal comment was deleted):

Scouring the internet for anything Ley can use to smear Wilson, he pounced upon an obscure (and disgusting) David Duke blog post containing a link to Gary Wilson’s TEDx talk. Wilson’s TEDx talk has some 12 million views, so thousands of folks of all stripes have linked to (and recommended) Wilson’s talk, “The Great Porn Experiment.”

How does this implicate Gary Wilson as a “white supremacist?” It doesn’t, of course. This ridiculous assertion is like suggesting all dog lovers are Nazi’s because Hitler loved his dogs. It’s the equivalent of claiming that the producers of “The Matrix” are neo-Nazis because David Duke liked their movie. See: Ongoing – David Ley & Prause’s ongoing attempts to smear YBOP/Gary Wilson & Nofap/Alexander Rhodes by claiming links with neo-Nazi sympathizers.

Note: Your Brain On Porn will pursue any and all legal recourse to oppose trademark infringement.


August, 21-27, 2019 – Realyourbrainonporn (Daniel Burgess) defamation/harassment of Gary Wilson: Fake porn URLs “found” in the Internet Wayback Archive

Context: realyourbrainonporn.com, Daniel Burgess and Nicole Prause

Prior to February of 2018 I had never heard of Daniel Burgess LMFT. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Burgess used multiple social media platforms to attack me and YBOP. Burgess’s targeted harassment and defamation occurred on Twitter (under several @YourBrainOnPorn tweets) and Facebook (the YBOP Facebook page, one of Burgess’s Facebook pages, and the Marriage and Family Therapists Facebook page).

During his February/March, 2018 social media campaign, Daniel Burgess defamed and harassed me – regurgitating Nicole Prause’s usual set of lies and fabrications of victimhood, which she has spewed for several years. Burgess’s comments and tweets were nearly identical to Prause’s litany of invented misdeeds, leaving no doubt that Burgess and Prause collaborate and are in close communication. (There are rumors of a private Facebook group.) As an example of his malice, I’ll provide Burgess’s initial comment on YBOP’s Facebook page. It includes Nicole Prause’s baseless 2015 cease and desist letter to me (how did Burgess obtain this letter?):

We long ago addressed Prause’s trumped up cease and desist letter. Nothing in it was true. Prause regularly sends spurious C&D letters (obviously written by her, not her lawyer) as a tactic of intimidation: Ongoing – Prause silencing people with fake “no contact” demands and spurious cease & desist letters (Linda Hatch, Rob Weiss, Gabe Deem, Gary Wilson, Marnia Robinson, Alex Rhodes, etc.). Since the C&Ds are fiction, with never an iota of supporting evidence, Prause’s victims pay them no mind.

Soon after Burgess defamed me on the YBOP Facebook page and Twitter, he set his sights on “Marriage and Family Therapists.” The eighteen replies to Burgess by therapists Staci Sprout and Forest Benedict are all that remains of Burgess’s defamatory tirade. Because Burgess displayed his defamation before 6,000 licensed therapists and the YBOP Facebook audience, I felt it necessary to debunk his malicious comments (and his unsupported claims about the preponderance of porn research): Addressing Unsupported Claims and Personal Attacks by Daniel Burgess (March, 2018).

Daniel Burgess’s choice to become Nicole Prause’s errand boy is a key element of this story, as a year later they collaborate once again: (1) engaging in unlawful trademark infringement of YourBrainOnPorn.com by creating realyourbrainonporn.com, and, (2) operating the social media accounts for realyourbrainonporn.com (specifically the trademark-infringing Twitter account – @BrainOnPorn). In fact, in late July, 2019 Daniel Burgess was exposed as the person controlling the trademark-infringing URL www.realyourbrainonporn.com.

Before we return to the failed “Fake URLs” smear campaign of August, 2019, a brief history of Dr. Prause is in order.

In 2013 former UCLA researcher Nicole Prause began openly harassing, libeling and cyberstalking Gary Wilson. (Prause’s UCLA contract was not renewed and she has not been employed by an academic institution since January, 2015.) Within a short time she also began targeting others, including researchers, medical doctors, therapists, psychologists, a former UCLA colleague, a UK charity, men in recovery, a TIME magazine editor, several professors, IITAP, SASH, Fight The New Drug, Exodus Cry, NoFap.com, RebootNation, YourBrainRebalanced, the academic journal Behavioral Sciences, its parent company MDPI, US Navy medical doctors, the head of the academic journal CUREUS, and the journal Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity – to name a few.

While spending her waking hours harassing & defaming others, Prause cleverly cultivated – with zero verifiable evidence – a myth that she was “the victim” of most anyone who dared to disagree with her assertions surrounding porn’s effects or the current state of porn research. To counter the ongoing harassment and false claims, YBOP was compelled to document some of Prause’s activities. Consider the following pages. (Additional incidents have occurred that we are not at liberty to divulge – as Prause’s victims fear further retribution.)

Years of harassment and defamation finally caught up with Burgess’s partner Prause. On May 8, 2019 Donald Hilton, MD filed a defamation per se lawsuit against Nicole Prause & Liberos LLC. On July 24, 2019 Donald Hilton amended his defamation complaint to add (1) a malicious Texas Board of Medical Examiners complaint, (2) false accusations that Dr. Hilton had falsified his credentials, and (3) sworn affidavits from 9 other Prause victims of similar harassment (John Adler, MD, Gary Wilson, Alexander Rhodes, Staci Sprout, LICSW, Linda Hatch, PhD, Bradley Green, PhD, Stefanie Carnes, PhD, Geoff Goodman, PhD, Laila Haddad.)

You would think that a $10,000,000 defamation suit against his chum might have tempered Burgess’s defamatory impulsiveness. Apparently not. In addition to the character-impugning porn-smear campaign (below) conducted by the “Real Brain On Porn” Twitter account (which mirrors Nicole Prause’s litany of falsehoods), the Twitter account also explicitly accused me of at least 3 felonies:

  1. Stalking women in person
  2. Making death threats, and
  3. Hacking into websites.

As explained in more detail below, concurrent with @BrainOnPorn’s 4-day, 100+ tweet rampage, the“RealYourBrainOnPorn” website admin (under Burgess’s control) emailed friends of mine with similar astounding lies.

Publicly accusing people of sexual misconduct and felonies is actionable. In fact, the above libelous statements are deemed “defamation per se” – which means that I need not show any commercial damages in order to recover (the proceeds from my book go to charity and I make no money from YBOP).

August 21, 2019: @RonSwansonTime (likely Burgess alias), Nicole Prause, NerdyKinkyCommie, and David Ley magically “discover” fraudulent porn URLs on the Internet WayBack Machine

On August 21, 2019, a likely Burgess alias (@RonSwansonTime – more on “RonSwanson” below) tweeted a screenshot of fraudulent porn URLs (of pages that never existed). It appeared under a NerdyKinkyCommie tweet ranting about me. (Nerdy is a professional troll and Prause-collaborator who received a 7-day Twitter suspension for harassing me.):

After being outed as a likely Burgess alias, @RonSwansonTime apparently thought better of his participation and set his Twitter account to “protected” (just more evidence that Ron Swanson is really Burgess). The initial Twitter thread “discovering” Mormon porn URLs on the Wayback Machine (8/21/19):

These tweets are the first I, or anyone else, had ever heard of the existence of the fake URLs (of nonexistent pages on YBOP’s Wayback Machine archive).

Initial sequence of events on August 21st:

  1. Nerdy trolls me (for the 100th time or so)
  2. @RonSwansonTime immediately post 2 tweets on the thread, with screenshots and links to the WayBack Machine
  3. Nicole Prause immediately joins the thread
  4. David Ley adds his two cents

Aug 22, 2019: realyourbrainonporn.com admin sends emails containing libelous claims to Gary Wilson’s friends and associates (on the same day @BrainOnPorn posts 14 tweets targeting Wilson)

As expected the trolls and stalkers upped their harassment and defamation. On August 22 this email by the realyourbrainonporn website admin was forwarded to Gary Wilson. (As Burgess owns the URL, we must assume the following was sent by him.)

As the organization forwarding the email knows me, and is keenly aware of RealYBOP’s trademark infringement, and Prause’s long history of defaming and harassing those in the porn skeptics movement, they knew it was all lies.

At the same time RealYBOP sent out libelous emails, its Twitter account (@BrainOnPorn) began furiously pumping out libelous tweets insisting that I had placed 300 “Mormon porn” URLs on my website over a 3-year period starting in 2016 (without anyone ever noticing). One of the fourteen @BrainOnPorn tweets targeting me on August 22nd:

Although @BrainOnPorn began its obsessive Twitter rampage with the Mormon-porn fabrication, it quickly descended into numerous incidents of unrelated defamation. By the end of the weekend @BrainOnPorn had posted over 100 tweets targeting me. @BrainOnPorn often tweeted in my existing threads, or under anyone who had tagged me, or harassed those who retweeted one of my tweets.

Aug 22, 2019: Concurrently, a fake Twitter account is created to post content duplicating RealYBOP’s emails and tweets: https://twitter.com/CorrectingWils1

At the same time that RealYBOP was sending libelous emails and obsessively tweeting fake porn URLs, a fake Twitter account appeared posting the same drivel: https://twitter.com/CorrectingWils1. The CorrectingWilson account tagged the exact same Twitter accounts as RealYBOP was tagging in dozens of similar tweets (Gail Dines, Fight The New Drug, John Foubert, SASH123, and YourBrainOnPorn):

It’s no secret who created https://twitter.com/CorrectingWils1. The troll account was reported and Twitter promptly banned it:

How mentally unhinged is RealYBOP? Or is RealYBOP serving another master?

August 22-24, 2019: Gary Wilson responds, debunking lies that YBOP ever contained Mormon porn URLs or content

In this August 24, 2019 Twitter thread I expose RealYBOP’s targeted harassment/defamation and explain how anyone can insert fake URLs into the Internet Wayback Machine.

This juvenile attack was apparently orchestrated over 2 years and came to light on on August 21, 2019, as explained above. It involved fraudulent URLs (of nonexistent pages) placed on the Internet Wayback Machine, an archive of snapshots of websites across time (operated by a non-profit).

In addition to grabbing screenshots of webpages, the Wayback Machine lists URLs it has archived – or been requested to archive – on its site. The following link goes to all 100,000 YBOP URLs archived since YBOP was created in 2010 (it takes a while to load): https://web.archive.org/web/*/www.yourbrainonporn.com/* As of this writing, the first 3 pages (out of 2,000) contain URLs for what would appear to be “Mormon porn. A few examples from the first 3 pages:

The “Mormon porn” URLs only ever existed in the Wayback Machine Archive. They were requested to be archived there simply to defame. They never existed on my site (and consequently they never had any content…sorry, porn fans).

The bogus Wayback archive “porn” links go nowhere except to “Page not found” pages on the Wayback Machine (404 pages). This establishes that they never existed because legitimate Wayback archive links go to screenshots of webpage content instead. Try it for yourself. Click on any of the Mormon porn URLs and all you will get is a “Page not found” screenshot. Never existed.

An example of a random Mormon Porn URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20170212162002/http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/hot-blonde-mormon-feet – A “record” of the fake URL in the archives:

The Wayback screenshot of the above URL from 2017 (notice how its the old version of YBOP):

Another example says the page was never archived: https://web.archive.org/web/2017*/http://www.yourbrainonporn.com//milf-by-a-cottonwood-tree-at-age-43/

All the Mormon porn URLs are fake, manually inserted by a trickster.

Here’s what a legitimate archived YBOP page from the past looks like: https://web.archive.org/web/20150412200603/http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/age-40s-brain-fog-cured-forever-no-more-pixel-paradise

Simplified: The Wayback Machine URL is only real if it grabbed a screenshot of an actual page with content, not if it grabbed a screenshot of a “page not found” (a 404) error.

August 22-24, 2019: To prove anyone can insert fake URLs into the Wayback machine, I did it for YBOP

RealYBOP falsely asserted in multiple tweets that fake URLs could not be inserted into the Wayback Machine. So I did it (as did a few of my techie friends). The “Using the Wayback Machine” page located here provides instructions. An excerpt:

Can I add pages to the Wayback Machine?

On https://archive.org/web you can use the “Save Page Now” feature to save a specific page one time. This does not currently add the URL to any future crawls nor does it save more than that one page. It does not save multiple pages, directories or entire sites.

So I went to archive.org/web and requested that it archive a page on my site at “yourbrainonporn.com/testing-can-random-people-insert-links“, the Wayback Machine created this: https://web.archive.org/web/20190515000000*/http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/testing-can-random-people-insert-links. A screenshot of the fake YBOP URL archived in the Wayback Machine:


As with all the “YBOP” Mormon porn URLs, a screenshot of a “page not found (404)” error is archived into the Wayback Machine :

I also inserted another very relevant fake URL into the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20190801000000*/http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/cyberstalkers-on-twitter/

Ignoring my evidence that fake URLs had just been inserted into the Wayback Machine, RealYBOP continued shrieking that it could not be done – “a computer engineer already documented it is not possible“:

RealYBOP repeated this disproved mantra in dozens tweets over the weekend, even claiming to have “talked to the director of Google about it”. Oh please.

August 23-24, 2019: An anonymous ally inserted fake URLs into Wayback Machine archive of RealYourBrainOnPorn.com

In a failed attempt to “prove” that fake URLs cannot be inserted into the Wayback Machine, RealYBOP tweeted a screenshot RealYBOP’s 11 archived URLs: https://web.archive.org/web/*/www.realyourbrainonporn.com/*

Big mistake. An ally let me know that an anonymous person inserted two fake URLs into realyourbrainonporn’s own Wayback Archive:

  • https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.realyourbrainonporn.com/we-are-terrible-people
  • https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.realyourbrainonporn.com/we-stole-the-name-from-yourbrainonporn.com

Screenshot of the “impossible” below. (Again, who was the ‘computer engineer” that said this couldn’t be done?)

Screenshot of the archived fake realyourbrainonporn page: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.realyourbrainonporn.com/we-are-terrible-people

Applying the false logic of RealYourBrainOnPorn, if the Wayback Machine archived it, the URL “RealYourBrainOnPorn are terrible people” must be on their website, and true.

Again, I had nothing to with the above demonstration (but it is hilarious).

In response to the above evidence, a normal defamer would have put down the smartphone, and stopped tweeting the same disproven lie that URLs cannot be inserted into the WayBack archive. But @BrainOnPorn is far from normal. After I tweeted the above, @BrainOnPorn added 60 or more tweets to his unhinged and defamatory attack on me.

August 22-25, 2019: How did the trickster get the “Mormon porn URLs” to group together on only the first 3 pages (out of the 2,000 pages of YBOP archived URLs)?

How did the cyber-trickster cause the “Mormon porn URLs” to group together on the first 3 pages (out of 2000 pages of YBOP URLs)? S/he put double backslashes (//) into the fake porn URLs. Because the WayBack Machine archive organizes URLs alphabetically, the porn URLs with the extra symbol appeared (alphabetically) above normal URLs (a symbol is before a letter or number). Here’s how to compare a real YBOP archived URL vs a fake archived URL:

  • Legitimate YBOP URL on the Wayback Machine – http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/big-list-tips-tricks
  • Fake YBOP URL on the Wayback Machine – http://www.yourbrainonporn.com//mormon-woman-bare/

A screenshot of a few of the trickster URLs that were inserted into the Wayback Machine:

As legitimate URLs only contain a single backslash, this screenshot confirms that the Wayback “porn URLs” were fraudulent.

Hey @BrainOnPorn what was the name of that computer expert you claimed said the porn URLs were real? Oh yeah, you never provided a name.

August 26, 2019: In a 4-day rampage @BrainOnPorn posts over 100 tweets targeting Gary Wilson (many containing defamation per se).

As mentioned in the intro, @BrainOnPorn posted over 100 tweets targeting Gary Wilson during a 4-day Twitter rampage. Nearly every @BrainOnPorn tweet contained at least one defamatory statement (most contained several). Rather than posting 100+ tweets here, including tweets RealYBOP posted under other comments out of context, visit this link to see all the @BrainOnPorn tweets targeting me between August 22-26: Over 100 RealYBOP tweets targeting Gary Wilson from August 22-26. Most contain defamation by RealYBOP.

In addition to the character-impugning campaign conducted by the “Brain On Porn” Twitter account, the Twitter account also explicitly accused me of at least 3 felonies (screenshots below):

  • Stalking women in person
  • Making death threats, and
  • Hacking into websites.

Publicly accusing people of sexual/professional misconduct and felonies is actionable. In fact, if a tribunal deems RealYBOP’s (Burgess’s) actions “defamation per se,” I need not show any commercial damages in order to recover. I am investigating the remedies open to me to seek redress for RealYBOP’s (Burgess’s) actions.

A few disgusting examples taken from the many RealYBOP tweets engaging in defamation:

All the above mirror the lies Nicole Prause has posted countless times. (These 2 pages provide extensive documentation of Prause’s lies and harassment and my responses: page 1, page 2.) Since all are addressed on the Prause pages I’ll provide short responses with links for each incident of defamation.

1) lied he’s a professor

Prause has been spreading this lie for years, yet she has never provided an iota of documentation (never does). A few articles by journalists who never contacted me referred to me incorrectly by various titles, including “professor.” This was their error, not mine. This section of the page documenting Prause’s harassment exposes this tired falsehood: Ongoing – Prause falsely claims that Gary Wilson has misrepresented his credentials.

2) lied his account was hacked with porn

Addressed on the current page.

3) lied he taught a college class

Not only has Prause falsely claimed that I never taught at Southern Oregon University, she and David Ley falsely claimed I was fired from SOU. Prause even wrote an article about about my supposed firing, which she placed on a porn industry website. SOU lawyers had to get involved! See – Nicole Prause & David Ley libelous claim that Gary Wilson was fired from Southern Oregon University.

In her pornography website article and on Quora, Prause posted redacted copies of my employment records (see above link) and knowingly, falsely stated that Southern Oregon University had fired me. On the same day she published her Quora article, Prause posted ten more demeaning and untruthful comments about me all containing a link to her defamatory piece. She tweeted her articles and Quora comments. This resulted in Prause being permanently banned from Quora for harassing and defaming me, and Prause’s Liberos Twitter account being suspended for violation of Twitter Rules.

I taught at Southern Oregon University on two occasions. I also taught anatomy, physiology and pathology at a number of other schools over a period of two decades, and was certified to teach these subjects by the state education departments of both Oregon and California.

4) was told by ACLU to stop harassing us

Not so. As explained in the “Ron Swanson” section below, on June 21, 2019 RealYBOP involved the Southern California ACLU in my trademark infringement dispute with Prause (Nicole Prause resides in LA). A SoCal ACLU lawyer sent a bizarre letter to my trademark lawyers, asserting that RealYBOP experts had a right to disparage me and YBOP. The SoCal ACLU lawyer was only responding to a section of a single sentence from my 8-page cease and desist letter to RealYBOP and Nicole Prause (the sentence in question was taken out of context and misrepresented by SoCal ACLU). The ACLU letter has nothing to with the trademark dispute. How RealYBOP persuaded SoCal ACLU to produce an irrelevant, inappropriate letter for RealYBOP to misrepresent in tweets is beyond comprehension. (Note – we have contacted the national ACLU asking for a formal investigation.) Bottom line: Our legal actions against Daniel Burgess and Nicole Prause proceed, unaffected by the irrelevant ACLU letter.

5) has many FBI and police reports for stalking

I have never stalked anyone. In another tweet, RealYBOP claimed I physically stalked women. This lie constitutes defamation per se.

Prause has been lying about reporting me to the FBI and other police authorities for 6 years running. Prause has also repeatedly lied about reporting NoFap founder Alexander Rhodes to the FBI. Both Rhodes and I filed filed an FOIA request with the FBI to find out if Prause had ever filed a report naming us. As expected the FOIA revealed that Prause has never filed a FBI report, even though she has tweeted this multiple times and posted this same claim on the FTND Facebook page (see this section May 30, 2018: Prause falsely accuses FTND of science fraud, and implies that she has reported Gary to the FBI twice). See these pages for documentation:

We do know that Prause has an FBI report filed on her (for lying about filing FBI reports): December, 2018: Gary Wilson files an FBI report on Nicole Prause.

6) promotes antisemitism that sends death threats to us

Both are lies. Once again, RealYBOP provides no documentation of either assertion. Falsely stating that I sent death threats constitutes defamation per se.

As for antisemitism or white supremacy, I am, in fact, a far left liberal and the very antithesis of a “white supremacist.” For the truth, listen to this interview: Porn Science and Science Deniers (Interview with Wilson). Please note that calling people names (and then attempting to establish “guilt by association”) is a favorite tactic of those who can’t take on the substance of the porn debate. Have a look at these sections of a page documenting some of the many attacks I and others have been subjected to:

August 26, 2019: @BrainOnPorn justifies his 100+ defamatory twitter rampage by falsely claiming RealYBOP experts are mentioned 100’s-1000’s of times on YBOP

@BrainOnPorn justified his 100+ defamatory Twitter rampage by claiming YBOP has mentioned RealYBOP experts hundreds to thousands times. Since YBOP contains 12,000 pages and is a clearinghouse for everything porn related (studies, articles, videos, lay articles, critiques, analyses, etc.) it does contain multiple mentions of some of the “experts’. However, RealYBOP’s numbers are wildly exaggerated in order to construct a distorted narrative.

 

The “case” is far from closed.

Because Google translates each YBOP page into 100 languages, a solitary mention on a single YBOP page can lead to a Google search returning 100 pages. In other words, you might need to divide RealYBOP’s number by 100. I’ll provide an example using “Michael Seto,” which is falsely claimed to appear on YBOP 392 times.

A proper Google search (michael seto site:yourbrainonporn.com) returns 103 “Seto” pages, but almost all are duplicate YBOP pages, in other languages. The accurate way to search is use YBOP search engine, which returns only 7 instances. All 7 returns are pages related to our trademark dispute with RealYBOP and Nicole Prause.

Michael Seto is mentioned on YBOP because he is a proud member of RealYBOP “expert’s” page, and YBOP has several pages devoted to ongoing litigation with RealYBOP, RealYBOP’s misrepresentation of the research, RealYBOP’s defamatory social media campaigns, and dirty tricks.

What about RealYBOP’s claim that “Prause” is found 9,710 times on YBOP? Nope. Although 10,000 instances would seem about right considering YBOP contains 6 extensive pages (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) documenting 7 years of Prause defaming & harassing me and many others.

In reality, a valid Google search for “Prause” (prause site:yourbrainonporn.com) on September 2nd, returns only 5,500 results (not 9,710). And like the Google search for “Seto,” the majority of the returns are duplicated YBOP pages, in other languages. For example, one of the Google search pages (8 out of 10 are duplicates):

In October, 2018, before YBOP was redesigned to employ “Google Translate” the true result for “Prause” on yourbrainonporn.com is 565 mentions (I say “true” because Prause has employed a clever trick to produce fraudulent Google search numbers, as explained in this section: Prause falsely claims in a tweet that her name appears over 35,000 (or 82,000) times on YBOP):

Why does YourBrainOnPorn.com contain more than 500 instances of “Prause?” First, the pages chronicling Prause’s behaviors alone contain hundreds of instances of “Prause.” Second, YBOP contains about 12,000 pages (and growing). It’s a clearinghouse for nearly everything associated with Internet porn use and its effects on users. Prause has published multiple studies about porn use and hypersexuality, and describes herself as a professional debunker of porn addiction and porn-induced sexual problems.

A Google search for “Nicole Prause” + pornography returns about 37,000 pages. Perhaps thanks to her pricey public relations firm, she’s quoted in hundreds of journalistic articles about porn use and porn addiction. She has published several papers related to pornography use. She’s regularly featured in the media, claiming to have debunked porn addiction with a single (heavily criticized) study. So Prause’s name inevitably shows up a lot on a site that functions as a clearinghouse for research and news associated with Internet porn’s effects.

Not only do Prause’s studies appear on YBOP, so do thousands of other studies, many of which cite “Prause” in their reference sections. Also, YBOP has published very long critiques of seven Prause papers, and hosts at least 18 peer-reviewed critiques of her studies. Further, YBOP contains at least a dozen lay critiques of Prause’s work.

YBOP also hosts many journalistic articles that quote Nicole Prause, and YBOP often responds to Prause’s claims in these articles. YBOP also debunks many of the talking points put forth by Prause and her close ally David Ley (and now, RealYBOP).

Of course, this isn’t about Prause; YBOP also critiques other questionable research on porn and related subjects. All critiques are not personal, but rather evidence-based.

Addendum – Evidence that @RonSwansonTime is really Daniel Burgess, owner of realyourbrainonporn

The “Ron Swanson” Twitter account is fake. It’s over 3 years old, has only tweeted maybe 20 times, and Mr. Swanson doesn’t exist (a dead give-away).

On June 14, 2019 I posted the following Twitter thread in response to harassment and defamation from the “RealYourBrainOnPorn” Twitter account. (As explained here, the RealYBOP website & social media accounts are engaging in illegal trademark infringement and trademark squatting.) On June 15th the dormant “Ron Swanson” account entered my thread claiming to have a background in law, offering me legal assistance:

A quick examination of “Ron Swanson’s” Twitter revealed it was fake and probably conducting a fishing expedition. I suspected “Swanson” was Burgess because out of its 20 tweets in 3 years one linked to pictures of Burgess and his wife engaging in a CrossFit competition (prior to deletion, Burgess’s primary Facebook page was CrossFit Dan). The “Ron Swanson” tweet with a link:

The link goes to this NugentTherapy Instagram post (oops, it’s suddenly deleted):

It’s no secret that Burgess and his wife met at CrossFit. He’s even created a Facebook page chronicling all this. (Note: because Burgess is not only defaming me, trolling me, sending me threatening letters, engaging in blatant trademark infringement, and now litigation, we have been forced to document his and his aliases online behaviors.)

Mystery of “Ron Swanson” solved.

The minute RealYBOP tweeted the SoCal ACLU letter (described earlier on this page) “Ron Swanson” tweeted it four times, all at @YourBrainOnPorn. The “Ron Swanson” account hadn’t tweeted anything since his two June 15 tweets offering sage legal advice. The four tweets:

Suspicions confirmed.

The “Ron Swanson” account went silent until August 21, 2019, when “Ron” was the first account to tweet about the fake “Mormon porn” URLs on the Wayback Machine archive:

After Ron Swanson was formally outed as a likely Burgess alias, “Ron” made his Twitter account (with 9 followers) private:

Why would a fake Twitter account go private? To hide evidence?


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