It's just not as pervasive an issue as it seems to be made out here.
Must disagree with you Hutterite. This is a pervasive problem because of the
addictive physiologic responses connected to viewing pornography. We should be
all about protecting our kids from this septic exposure -- legislated controls
are totally appropriate. Understanding healthy sexual behavior and attitudes is
very difficult once a child's mind has been tainted by pornography.
This seems to be a hot topic with DN and I am sometimes a bit confused why. I
think what may help is if we can define what it means to have a "pornography
addiction."Or is the claim that any engagement with pornography
is a moral wrong? If so, it may also help to clarify the term
pornography. Does that include any images of nudity, or books describing sexual
activity, or is it confined what used to only be available in seedy movie
theaters located in bad parts of town (but which is now all over the internet)?
Pornography has proven to be deadly. It has been found to be the reason
children are being killed and used. It has broken up homes. It is an addiction
just as much as drugs and alcohol. If we were to ask people who have been
affected by pornography they would confirm these facts as well as police
Excellent article. Those trapped in porn addiction need help from "field
hospitals." It seemed like the easy answer used to be, "just stop
watching." Now that we know how addictive pornorgraphy is and how pervasive
it is, we can offer better solutions. 12-step programs work for many
as do cognitive behavior programs, such as Power Over Pornography. Let's
put the field hospitals to work to help those involved overcome porn viewing and
to provide preventive help to our youth. Society is not likely to help by
restricting porn distribution--it is up to each one of us to spread the word
about its awful consequences and to provide solutions.
I promise that pornography affects you. It absolutely and without question
impacts your mental and physical behavior in an entirely negative way.
It's not a mistake worth experiencing yourself.
There is wisdom in living "within the bounds the Lord has set." Our
response should absolutely not revolve around defining porn (a fool's
errand by its very nature because it pulls us into that dark world), rather, it
should focus on avoiding behavior and thought that leads to it. Properly understood, anything that contorts or otherwise twists a kind, gentle
and considerate respectful approach to sexuality between husband and wife is a
pathway to the dark world of pornography. Let us teach our children to avoid
that path. Healthy loving sexuality is a wonderful gift. Sick, selfish
sexuality perverts those otherwise good and noble virtues and is a pathway to
pain and ruin.There is wisdom in obeying the commandments. Far from
holding us back, they are beacons which protect us and lead us to happier more
fulfilling paths in life.