- Lie #1: Pornography use is a private matter.
- Lie #2: Pornography use is a guy thing. It only bothers women.
- Lie #3: It’s only pictures of consenting adults.
I know this is an odd post, but I thought it important enough to stick my neck out a bit.
The Witherspoon Institute has recently put out a report titled "“The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations" based on a conference held at Princeton a couple of years ago. I downloaded a copy of the full report to my Kindle, and it was one of those experiences where you keep turning to your spouse, or family member, and saying "Listen to this . . ." every other minute as you read. It is a sobering and very well done collection of research on the effects of pornography on individuals (biological as well as behavioral), family members . . . you name it, and what this means in the context of the explosion of pornography that is available now with the ubiquitous internet.
One of the co-editors recently ran an article that sums up the report, titled The Weight of Smut.
I'd recommend it to anyone who struggles with being able to articulate what constitutes pornography, how it is harmful, to whom, and why. For those who consider reading the full report, please be forewarned - pornography is a rough subject, and some of the things you will read in there will reflect that. Don't let that discourage you from reading it.
Given the emphasis the Church has placed in recent years on the problem(s) of pornography and the introduction of addiction programs, I don't think it is out of place to bring this resource to our attention.
Knowledge is power, as they say.
Here's an opportunity to add some extra strength to our mental armour.
All the best,
How can I help keep my home safe from pornography?
How can I best teach my children about healthy sexuality and the importance of avoiding pornography?
How to avoid pornography - Scroll down in this article to find some suggestions for commercial software for parental control. [Haven't checked all this out yet. e]
Safe Families site and internet blocker software