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Porn Causes Too Much Damage In Our Society To Continue To Ignore It

30 Jan

Jen’s February column in Alive! Utah South Area magazine

One of the best editorials I have ever read was done recently written by the Deseret News. Here is a link:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700105104/Stopping-mainstream-sponsorship-of-pornography.html

Go ahead and take a moment to read it, it’s not long, but it is well done.

With so much violence in our world today and so much of it being traced back to early addictions to pornography, it shocks me when I hear people defend what I believe is extremely harmful to people, relationships, children, society, etc.

We’ve been hearing about a lot of crime in our little community lately, some of the most shocking being prostitution stings and child pornography. But we don’t hear about how much of it is linked to pornography addiction. We hear about marriages being ruined and families falling apart, but we don’t know how much of it is linked to that sexual behavior.

How many adults have we disgraced and look down upon because of the poor decisions they have made, but how do we know it wasn’t in part to their addictions, or their acting out because of things that happened to them as a child because porn was someone else’s addiction?

My favorite part of the editorial is this:
“Too many have pretended that indulgent experimentation with these materials was an issue of private, individual choice. Increasingly, social science now demonstrates that, even if indulged privately, pornography weakens our social fabric at the same time it destroys individual dignity.

Too many pretended that explicit and suggestive material could be segregated to “adults only,” when in fact it has spawned a commercially-fed libidinous teenage pop culture.

Culture is critical because it shapes behavior.”

Porn is increasingly becoming more acceptable in our society, as evidenced by shows like “Skins” on MTV. I don’t even watch TV anymore after flipping through the channels two years ago with my young son and him seeing two women making out. That may be someone’s fantasy, but I don’t think we need to see it played out on TV where children can access it. (No it was not an HBO channel either)

Our society has embraced pornography and sexual addiction and idolized young women who show off their bodies for fame and money, and then wonder why our teens have such low self esteems and are getting pregnant younger and younger.

I want to note that being addicted to porn does not make someone a bad person or a monster. However, it does cause severe damage the longer the addiction and the hiding goes on. Other problems begin to arise and spouses and parents begin to attack the symptoms but not the root of the problem – usually because they don’t know what the problem really is.

If you’re struggling, there is help close by and it’s confidential. Just check into this website, www.LifeSTARstgeorge.com, and you’ll find help for those addicted to porn, and the ones they love.

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