The People vs Porn

Being involved with a local anti-trafficking initiative and also the fact that I have an intense interest in cultural trends and the way history is playing out around us, I’ve come across quite a few articles relating to the sex industry and how it is influencing our culture. The debate surrounding the various aspects of the industry is also normally quite heated: should prostitution be legalized or not, is it ethical for a public broadcaster to present pornographic programs, is porn addiction something government should protect us from or should the freedom of choice be pushed to the extreme where each individual indulge in whatever they see fit at any given moment?

I consider porn, and the broader sex industry in general, as a threat to healthy living, something any decent government should protect its citizens from. I’m not necessarily talking absolute bans or complete censorship here, seeing that there is a point where we can foolishly exchange democratic freedoms for a state controlled environment, the so-called nanny state.

We don’t hesitate when we consider various bans and regulations on other drugs or addictive material, even widely accepted social drugs such as tobacco and alcohol are easily criticised and regulated in many ways from advertising to age restrictions without too much noise being made about it. We accept that it is easily abused and we respect people abstaining from it or pointing out the dangers it may hold.

We become totally irrational when it comes to porn however. Next time you see a newspaper article on pornography on the web check out the comments section and see how many people are convinced (or try to convince you that they base their case on facts) that porn is generally not addictive, does not alter sexual behavior in people and has no real negative effects – in fact they’ll even try and tell you that porn is good. You then begin to doubt that they have even seen porn before.

Reality is however that, like with so many debates on morals or ethical behavior, people aren’t really interested in the facts but they argue from a position of fear. They fear being controlled, either by government or by society and the public opinion in general.

The sad reality though:  if you don’t wage war against porn you will become its slave – either as an individual or as a culture.  Our culture is so sexed up it’s not even funny. Do yourself a favour and take note of how much in the media and business world is driven by sex nowadays. I discussed in my previous post how this culture feeds of itself and creates and maintains the market for the porn industry and the general sex trade.

When we consider the facts we see that pornography is a killer. It destroys relationships, it is an addictive drug and many times a stepping stone for criminals in the making.

Here are some very informative materials I have come across in the last while (some of the videos and articles contains references that some people might find disturbing):                                       

Gail Dines, who has been described as ‘the world’s leading anti-pornography campaigner’, shares on the true affect pornography has on society in part 1 and part 2 of her interview with the Centre for Public Christianity. Her latest book Pornland: How porn has hijacked our sexuality is now also available.

Donny Pauling, former porn film producer, on what the industry really looks like on the inside and also how he got out of it in this short video clip.

Naomi Wolf, political activist and social critic, shares about the physical effects pornography has, on men specifically, in her article Is Pornography Driving Men Crazy?

Melinda Tankard Reist, journalist and advocate for women and girls, will keep you constantly informed as she takes on the corporate world and holds them accountable for how they are influencing the youth in particular. Her latest book Big Porn Inc is now also available. 

 

Considering the real consequences of pornography on society, the extent to which it has infiltrated our everyday lives and the victims (viewers and actors) left in the wake of this destructive trend we ought to reconsider whether our opposition to it, as a people, really is strong enough.

 

Serv.

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About Servaas Hofmeyr

For life through Truth.
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One Response to The People vs Porn

  1. Dewald says:

    "if you don’t wage war against porn you will become its slave". So true!It's easy for me to resign to say, "I don't do that stuff", when I should be saying "Don't do that stuff, man"!What concerns me about porn is the effect it has on the image of women. Porn reduces the image of woman to sex objects for the gratification of men. Her personality and inner beauty is ignored and her body is made to be the only object of interest. Her most beautiful part – her inner beauty – which can only be known in personal relationship is missed and she remains engraved in the mind as an object of lust and desire.Then you look at the women around you in "real life" and you start seeing them, not as beautiful and personal equals, but as something on a scale somewhere between hot and not. Instead of engaging her socially and getting to know her beautiful personality, you check her out and size her up! Her hidden inner beauty only comes out when the men around her value and protect her, but instead you exploit her (even if it's just in the mind) for her body.It's time we men man-up and start protecting the value and beauty of the ladies around us!

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