Someone here is "befuddled by the lack of agreement as to what constitutes
"porn" versus erotica or even art."I doubt if the uptake
of "porn" usage by college students is attributed to their interest in
This article was expertly written and researched!Thank you, from
this mom to you!It is very difficult to read the comments of those
who take some perverse delight in the plight of those who consume
pornogrophy-wherever they live. At least those in Utah who view it, know with a
greater degree of certainty that it's WRONG! and they have a guilty
conscience about viewing it!...Compared to those who sit in their tower and just
point fingers at those who struggle with a porn addiction. Having a guilty
conscience is a better than NO conscience at all, which is where our society is
headed. God Bless those who struggle with sin, who feel helpless to
stop. You are not alone...Reach out for help. You CAN DO IT! Reach out now!
I completely agree that pornography should not be bought, sold or participated
in. I agree that pornography, if sold at all, should carry a warning label
about possible marital problems and divorce arising.I also believe
the same can be said, and the same warnings might be made, about soap operas
that glamorize adultery but have I ever seen an article about that in this or
any newspaper? Not that I can remember. Why are women almost
immune from criticism these days? Women, collectively not individually, kill
their own babies by the million and are by far the most instigators of divorce.
I have heard more real sexual chauvinism from women in the last few decades than
from men by a factor of ten at least. Not all women are like this
of course; by making this disclaimer I wish to set a good example to those who
condemn all men because some men are bad.Let's put an end to
the double standards; Deseret News does alright but it could be more of an equal
opportunity critic of bad practices and behavior.
I would be so grateful if someone could tell us how to help a young wife from
the damage porn has caused her to her self image and self esteem.
There are many opinions about nudity and the "properness" of it. As a
Christian woman I find nothing objectionable about statues or paintings that
show the majesty of the human body. I don't think the distinction is so
black and white as some would make it - in either camp. A large
statue of a nude boy holding a frog or a nude reclining woman (that visitors to
the Getty in LA are first greeted with) are different from erotic pictures
depicting or suggesting sexual acts. Just because it is tricky to
agree where the line between art and porn is doesn't mean no line should be
drawn. "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line
somewhere." G. K. Chesterton
In today's Los Angeles Times Calendar Section last page,there is an Ad for
the TV show Project Runway. There are Five Naked Women and 3 Naked Men in the
Ad. Is the ad Pornographic? That is debatable. Likewise are the Nude Statuary in
L.A's Getty Museum from the Classical Greek and Roman Period Pornographic?
Either the Human body is utterly depraved or it is the acme of God's
Creation. Which God is the rub. It gets complicated from here; The Pagan
God's would say its the latter, while the Christian God's followers
would opine it is the former.
To newly married religious couples, please understand that porn is not a how-to
instruction manual for successful and fulfilling intimacy. If you have
questions (and most do) there are books available at many religious book stores
that handle the subject with grace and respect.
Interesting article, but your numbers are all over the place:"87% of men use pornography.""40 million Americans look at
pornography at least once a month.""25 percent of all search
engine requests in the U.S. are for porn.""10 percent [of college
students] said they viewed pornography online from five to 20 hours a
week.""62 percent [of college students] said they watched Internet
pornography at least once a week.""21 percent of all college
students said they watch porn 'every day or almost every day.'"Over 37 percent of divorces (2/3 x 56%) are caused by porn.Obviously, when you take a look at all the stats that were thrown into this
article, the numbers don't add up. 40 million Americans represents a little
over 10% of the U.S. population...not the 90% (of men) figure the DesNews used
in further articles.And 20,000 to 30,000 people attending a porn
convention does not mean it's now mainstream. Creating a
crisis? Perhaps. Is there a crisis? Not sure.And you didn't
define porn. Is it a picture or movie of a naked person or people having sex?
Even the DesNews advertises such media.
It is well documented and understood that Utah does have a large porn
viewership. Per capita, our state is atop the nation. I don't read all the
porn articles on the Desnews, but I have yet to see this mentioned. As for kids being exposed "when 11 years old" (many in their own
homes). Look get your kids their own kid browsers where they can have freedom
using the internet without running into inappropriate material or infecting your
computer. Having our computer in the central base of our home (dining room) has
been very healthy for us.
@From Ted's Head --"the whole "Utah views more
porn" tends to lose its significance."Oh, I'm not
trying to argue anything about the *significance* of that study. Somebody asked for the citation and the general findings, so I posted them.
That's all.Tear the study up as much as you like. Won't
bother me a bit. ;-)
@ Contrarius - Have you actually read the details of the study you cite? The
author used the credit card records of one of the larger pay-to-view porn sites.
The details show a breakdown by zip code and when you realize that the
difference per 1000 households with broadband access could be skewed by a
cluster of college students, the whole "Utah views more porn" tends to
lose its significance. His was not a true randomized study and the potential
confounding variables take the teeth out it other than for sensationalized news.
As it turns out, Utah County was pretty low in his study, while some SLC zip
codes showed more porn subscribers, as did some of the less populous counties
where broadband access at the time would have been more limited. It's very
likely that in these outlying counties access to porn was the reason they sought
out broadband service and the whole state--with its highly LDS populace--gets
labelled as worst in the country, the implication being that those freaky Mormon
folks have issues with porn. Who pays for porn today anyway? Maybe just the
addicts. Too much is available for free to the casual viewer.
@Pragmatic:"It has been here (in Utah) that I have become aware of the
many people with this problem. Undoubtedly the problem is worse here than in
other places."Perhaps that's because of the explicit
teachings of the dominant church. The stronger the preaching against something,
the more people seem to indulge in that which is being condemned."Another thing that I have become aware of since I have lived in Utah is
the number of people with depression."Same comment as above."Is there a link between depression and pornography?"No. The problem is the ever sinking feeling that you don't/can't
ever quite measure up to expectations... mainly because those expectations are
beyond reach (i.e., perfection is the goal but alas, in actuality we're all
@DVD:"Another side (that might be covered later) is those that
participate in producing porn."You mean women? Without women
agreeing to participate there's no porn. Rarely do men (who statistics
show are the biggest porn consumer) sit in front of their computers viewing
other men.@one old man:"Those who profit from this filth
will claim the First Amendment. Somehow, we MUST find the wisdom to protect that
right while still protecting people from the sewage that is porn."There is only one way to protect the First Amendment... that is to allow any
and all porn that people want to make and consume. If you would have the
production of porn stopped in it's shoes... you need to get to the women
who are removing their clothing and allowing others to snap pics of them.
Perhaps, as a suggestion, you could adopt the requirements of a certain Mideast
religion where the women are required to cover from head to toe... including the
face save for the eyes. If you'll hold on a bit, you may find that Shariah
will solve the problem of widespread porn consumption.
"...but you cannot walk away from those images unchanged."That's exactly right. Porn teaches how sex between a man and a women
really works on an explicit level... which is vitally important before marriage
takes place. If folks wait til after marriage, there's a great chance that
one or the other partner will be disillusioned about what each in the
relationship wants/needs... which leads to defugalties, difficulties and often
separation and divorce. Not good.If there is a downside as the
'experts' tell us, it arises not because of porn itself but because of
almost universal condemnation. You can condemn shaking hands with friends and
it will create angst, anxiety, guilt and self-condemnation. Not because
hand-shaking is bad but because it's condemned.
@Harley Rider --"Now same sex porn , bizarre , weird stuff etc
has no place anywhere ."I can't resist pointing out here
that gay porn (specifically male-male porn) does not employ any women to be
victimized, and therefore could easily be seen as less harmful than straight
It's not just the internet or movies or magazines... Go to your local gym
and notice (not too much though) how the girls are dressed and the cosmetic
surgery they all seem to show off. For those who just want to go and have a
vigorous work out and then go home ...it is hard to have to train your eyes not
to wander at all the other distractions. Girls just need to be more modest!!
Take your son to a ball game ...especially football or basketball at the
professional level... and better be prepared to distract them away from the
so-called dancers or cheer leaders who look like Las Vegas strippers. Sexual
exploitation is everywhere now days ...no more brown paper bags or smokey pool
rooms..it is right there in the Wallmart check out isle.
Most porn is between consenting adults -of the opposite sex- and if used
properly can be beneficial for a mature couple to watch together. Now same sex
porn , bizarre , weird stuff etc has no place anywhere .I see an
awful lot of over reaction here - I mean our government no longer follows the
Constitution as the law of the land , our civil liberties are rapidly
disappearing , our Government is spying on all of it's citizens , our kids
are being feed poisoned GMO foods , drinking poisoned Fluoride laden water ,
being over injected with all of these required vaccinations , war with Iran is
becoming a very real reality (keep your eye on what happens in Syria), the
reality tv shows on tv are beyond disgusting , but guess what they are on every
channel and why is that ? I could go on and on but no more words allowed
funny that the author, that knows that much about statistics, doesn't use
the statistics about Utah being one of the states that watches more porn online.
Represive religious people are the ones that get "addicted" to porn, and
then, rather than try to solve their own problem, start pushing to make it a law
to force everyone else to be punished and controlled about the things that are a
real problem for them. People: use your religion to try to better yourself and
your and help your family to better themselves, and stop trying to force the
others with your morals!!!! Show by example!
Newlyweds have a deserved reputation for frequent intimate moments. Surely
novelty is a factor (or should be) but the sheer pleasure factor shouldn't
be ignored. I look forward to the research that answers the question of whether
the addictive factor is as active in such a newlywed couple as it would be for a
peruser of pornography satisfying himself.Physiologically there
shouldn't seem to be much difference.It is the old story of
whether it is more harmful to satisfy one's self than it is to be similarly
satisfied by one's spouse in exactly the same manner.There has
to be more than physiology here, but as long as we talk about dopamine and
addiction, I hope someone can produce data that will distinguish between the
Thank you for discussing this assault on the individual and family. Pornography
should carry this message... WARNING: Use of this material may be
detrimental to your health. Use may cause the breakup of your marriage and
destruction of your home. It may cause you to lose your employment and house. It
may plunge your children into financial, social and emotional poverty. It might
destroy your sons' dreams of pursuing careers in sports or attaining higher
education (and send them into the military, considering it their only option;
making them targets for terrorists.) It may deprive your daughters of your
protection and guidance and make them sexual targets for pedophiles and men who
want to use and discard them. It may take away the power you possess to do good
in the world and make a difference. It may take away your future on earth and
your place in heaven. Pornography will harm your family for three to four
generations. My family experienced these outcomes from my former
husband's involvement in pornography. I love the military and am proud of
my soldier son but wish he had felt he had more choices. Pornography use
victimless? Not on your life.
When a society expects its members to elevate themselves higher than our natural
instincts there will invariably be more difficulties. It is not easy to
practice sexual discipline. It is much easier to give into physical appetites
than it is to elevate ourselves above animals, especially when it is promoted so
heavily in our popular culture. Yes there are hypocrites, but there are also
many who achieve this discipline with wonderful and happy success. There is nothing inherently wrong with expecting people to discipline
themselves considering the enormous benefits. Imagine the dramatic decrease in
broken homes and hearts. When society at large sees the benefits of
sexual discipline and views porn and promiscuity like it does smoking, as
socially unacceptable, maybe it will get much easier for weak people to have
@very concerned --"Please cite that source."Here
ya go --"Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult
Entertainment?" in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, written by Harvard
lawyer Bed Edelman."The biggest consumers of online adult
entertainment live in the great state of Utah. An average of 5.47 people per
1000 broadband subscribers pay for porn...Utah also leads in porn consumption
among the general population and dial-up users. [....] Close behind Utah with
just over five porn subscribers per thousand is Sarah Palin's
Alaska....Overall, eight of Edelman's top 10 porn-consuming states voted
for McCain last fall, while six of the least smut-crazed states went for
Obama.""[....]subscriptions are also more prevalent in
states where surveys indicate conservative positions on religion, gender roles,
and sexuality. In states where more people agree that "Even today miracles
are performed by the power of God" and "I never doubt the existence of
God," there are more subscriptions to this service. Subscriptions are also
more prevalent in states where more people agree that "I have old-fashioned
values about family and marriage" and "AIDS might be God's
punishment for immoral sexual behavior."I hope this helps! ;-)
One of the problems with internet porn is the huge propaganda machine that
supports it. They would have you think it is harmless, that everyone views it
and that those who oppose it are moral cranks. This is not some '60's
"girlie" magazine. It IS addictive, and if so-called proof doesn't
exist, it is because the porn industry and its supporters repudiate anything
that those who know better say. This is one reason the problem is advancing.
Of course those who support a multi billion dollar industry are going to promote
it and disparage its critics. Of course they are going to manufacture their own
"facts" and half truths. Has it ever been any different with vices? By
the time the psychological community finds out the truth, much damage will have
is funny that the writter say about some statistics that show that porn have
this and that percent in this and that type of population, but it didn't
mention at all, that the state that most consume porn in the whole US is ...
YES! UTAH!!! it seems that the aproach of demonizing porn even more than it
really is it didn't work, and most of the people in that state needs to
hide in their computers and watch what they say (from the mouth out) that they
hate so much. Also, the red states (the most conservative religious) are the
ones that most porn consume. We should try to build the character of a
person, and not try to put a law prohibiting everything and don't letting
people try to make their own decitions. I think when we want to force people to
do the right, we get exactly the opposite, maybe that's why God liked Jesus
plan better than Lucifer, because Lucifer wanted to force all of us to be good
and perfect without free will, just my humbold opinion
I agree that most people who consume, view, or watch (however you want to define
it) pornography will use the First Amendment as a club to defend their rights to
view it. I most strongly disagree. I believe the Founding Fathers would be
shocked at such as inappropriate use of the amendment. In my view,
the Founding Fathers were obviously meaning that amendment to protect mostly
political speech, specifically political speech against England. They claimed
that freedom to be a God-Given Right. Look at the history behind the 1st
Amendment: what they were trying to accomplish regarding the environment of
English oppression of free political speech. In my wildest
imagination, I cannot see them as intending to protect pornography. That
practice is a misuse of the 1st Amendment if ever I saw one.And
while not all who view pornography may be addicted: A) There are enough to be
concerned about, why take the chance?, and B) Even if one is not addicted, the
brain chemistry likely is still altered. As for porn itself and how
to define it, I’m not sure how to do that, but I know it when I see it.
@Tyler D and @PragmaticMeridian, ID“It's worth noting
that the most sexually repressed societies (and states) have the most
pornography problems.” *Sexually repressed societies*, really?
Just because we preach - and try to live - abstinence and celibacy outside
lawful marriage between a man and a woman, what’s wrong with that? Now it
has become a negative thing? It used to be, and in reality still is, one of the
highest virtues.Also, I don’t remember anything in the
article, or any studies anywhere that say pornography is worse in Utah. Please
cite that source. Perhaps your comment that Utah has such a big problem is
because Utahns are making an effort to stop it while some other states may not.
Perhaps because we actually speak up about the problem, it appears there are
more problems with it here. Most likely is that in other states the problem
just is not addressed and it flies under the radar. That would be a shame
because of all the negative consequences of pornography addiction on those
@Poet;You are 100% correct. The cure to other addictions is to shun
the substance and find coping mechanisms to avoid it.For porn /
sexual addiction, it is to "re-boot" and re-learn and re-direct sexual
behavior in a proper way, while avoiding falling back into the abyss of the
damaging. A much harder proposition.
From what I have learned, pornography does not ensnare most of those who view or
watch, but for those who do become addicted, it is,along with sex addiction, one
of the most difficult addictions to overcome because it is based upon sexuality,
which is a key component and part of an otherwise healthy lifestyle. When you
ask a meth addict to get over an addiction, that addict doesn't have to
live with meth as a part of his or her every day life. However, the sex addict
must at some point return to sexuality to live a healthy life. Sex, at some
point is supposed to be a healthy part of adult life, but addiction to sex,
love, and/or pornography, an additional level, or dimension, is added to the
mix. Not only does the sex addict have to overcome the addiction to their drug
of choice, they have to re-learn a healthy sexuality and move forward.
It's very interesting to me to read the comments. The denial I see in some
of these comments is not surprising to me. Anyone who is addicted or uses porn
is the first to deny there is any problem with it. I am dealing with someone in
my life who I KNOW is addicted, yet he is the first to say "there's
nothing wrong with it" or "I don't look at it anymore" when I
know for a fact that he does. He is constantly trying to hide it. Not addicting?
You're going to have to try harder than that to convince me. I see it
happening in my own home!
@ The Caravan Moves OnCertainly that could be. However, poorly
developed interpersonal relationships exist without destructive porn habits? Do
destructive porn habits exist without poorly developed interpersonal
relationships?A cold causes a runny nose, not the other way around.
I am quite certain that destructive porn habits have harmed more than their fair
share of innocents. I am not certain that superficial treatment and poorly
labeled addictions will help those innocents.
@ formetoknow - PAYSON, UT - "I am not shocked at all that porn is labeled
as a problem and not a symptom......Is porn bad? Probably. Is porn the problem?
Most definitely not. If I had to stab in the dark at one of the
overriding problems I would say underdeveloped interpersonal
relationships."Did you ever stop and consider the possibility
that a pornography addiction is one of the reasons those interpersonal
relationships are not developed?
Article quote: "Not everyone buys the idea of a pornography addiction or its
consequences, mostly because it's not in the DSM — the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — published by the American
Psychiatric Association."Ahhh.....the DSM. The
'Bible' of psychiatry. The only problem with the DSM is that it is
flawed. Case in point is that the DSM no longer considers homosexual activity
"abnormal". It was recently removed from the DSM as a negative,
damaging behavior.It's a tough road to hoe, fighting against
the DSM, but fight it we must.
I am not shocked at all that porn is labeled as a problem and not a symptom. I
dream of a world where people will recognize the underlying issues behind
abusive porn habits or video game playing. I don't pretend to know what is
going on in each person's head, but I do know that as a subculture we have
made porn into the boggy man. Is porn bad? Probably. Is porn the problem? Most
definitely not.If I had to stab in the dark at one of the overriding
problems I would say underdeveloped interpersonal relationships. Another might
be overly stigmatizing nature. One might be preexisting chemical imbalances. I
don't think there is only one answer, I don't think there is only one
While I concur with the premise of the article, I reject Wilson's anecdotal
observations as sound science. It is disappointing that the Deseret News
presented the biased opinion of an individual, and promoted it as fact. His
opinion is of no interest to science, and of no interest to me. If there is no
sound research on the effects of pornography, simply present the statistics and
allow the readers to develop their own conclusions.
Zabivka When we get the harvest of the hardcore porn viewing currently
being done by young adults and teens, you will see that it is a top social
This reporting on this subject is very important. Porn destroys families and is
one of the big lies of the world.
I honestly wasn't aware of the prolific pornography problem until I moved
to Utah. It has been here (in Utah) that I have become aware of the many people
with this problem. Undoubtedly the problem is worse here than in other places.
I believe I have seen facts that support this assertion. Another thing that I
have become aware of since I have lived in Utah is the number of people with
depression. Is there a link between depression and pornography?
It's worth noting that the most sexually repressed societies (and states)
have the most pornography problems. The fact that this is ubiquitous
in the country settled by Puritans simply demonstrates that Newton's 3rd
law of motion is not just applicable to physics.
I find it interesting that at least 20% of men believe viewing pornography is
unacceptable but use it anyway. I guess they lack integrity or they are no
longer able to choose.Also a technical comment: two thumbs down for
the pie charts in the first graphic. It's appropriate to use a pie chart
to show the breakdown of exclusive results that add up to 100% by definition,
for example, 87% of men use pornography and 13% do not. It makes no sense to
use one pie chart to show the percentages of men and women that use pornography.
Those two percentages are obviously not guaranteed to add up to 100, and indeed
First time I have heard about an "annual Adult Video Network Adult
Entertainment Expo, the largest pornography industry trade show in the US that
draws between 20,000 and 30,000 people each January." So now porn is a big
business, huge destructive money-making business. As far as the "broad
brush" is concerned, that would be the responsibility of the affects on the
individual. I know of cases where a person becomes addicted after their
first-time indulgence in porn just like a family member who has a family with a
propensity for alcoholism become addicted after one or two drinks of alcohol.
Our children need to be our top concern because they are unable to process such
sexually potent experiences. Why aren't we protecting quality education to
combat such base, indulgent, selfish entertainment--so many good books to read,
movies to see, baseball games, etc. I hate porn, I hate what it does to
people's brains causing drastic inabilities to have honest, loving
relationships. I have experienced the damages of others in my life who have
turned to porn rather than love, service, and God.
Porn is NOT like drinking or gambling or any other addiction. Porn turns people
into objects upon which others satisfy their lusts. It in and of itself is
degrading. Whether or not someone is "addicted" is not the whole
problem. The grains and grapes are not offended when people abuse them in their
construction as alcohol. Money is not degraded when it is used for gambling.
Human beings are degraded when viewed by others as objects.It was
one thing when you had to go to a specific type of store or order magazines to
get your kicks. It is quite another when innocent kids stumble accross it with
the push of a button, no matter how many safeguards diligent parents use. This
industry prays upon the weak and innocent and traps kids who would otherwise not
be involved. The results are heartbreaking. I echo Linus's
comments, and I know so many other parents in the same struggle. There is
nothing purely recreational or redeeming about porn. Those who view it and
rationalize it as just a harmless pastime or hobby are blind.
Ted's Head: "Yet, common sense and studies indicate that most porn
viewers--much like social drinkers--are not addicts,..."No,
common sense does not indicate that. And please--cite the studies that indicate
most porn viewers are not addicts.
Linus, I can't imagine the grief you must have personally
experienced in relation to the damaging impact of pornography. Yet it
doesn't change the fact that individual circumstances differ and in your
personal experience and those of some others, the addiction was real and it
could be likened more to meth addiction than social drinking. Your reaction
highlights my point that presuming that all who drink socially will end up as
alcoholics, all who smoke weed end up as meth addicts, all who view Playboy or
even Maxim end up as porn addicts is little more than a hollow scare tactic with
little value to the majority of people who indulge but are not addicted.
Prohibition didn't work and neither will attempts to restrict all
opportunity for a teen male to get excited by looking at a depiction of a naked
woman. The continued broad brush approach towards porn isn't getting the
desired results because it doesn't speak to the typical end user/viewer.
Yours is a feel good position that is hard to attack because it seems that one
must be defending porn if they disagree with you. Physician, heal thyself.
I'm sure that there are some major negative consequences of obsessive
viewing of pornography. I, for one, find the vast majority of it to be in such
poor taste and over-the-top that it holds little appeal for me. It seemed a lot
more attractive when I avoided it for religious reasons as a young man. I wouldn't put pornography at the top of the list in terms of
social problems, but it certainly isn't doing a lot of good in the world,
This "from Ted's Head:""Yet, common sense and studies
indicate that most porn viewers--much like social drinkers--are not addicts. . .
." This kind of "common sense" will try to sell you on the idea
that one can be a casual and social meth, crack or heroin user without becoming
addicted. This is not the kind of "common sense" that would pass as
horse sense. This is the kind of "common sense" one applies while
trying to rationalize away an addiction.I am a father and I have
witnessed the tragic grief resulting from teen fascination with porn that led to
addiction. It is real. It is relentless. Those who are not personally ready
to break from this addiction fear the success of the anti-porn crusade and
down-play the seriousness of the problem labeling the crusade as "hysteria
and lack of knowledge of the hand-wringers." Clear your head, Ted.
I'm always somewhat befuddled by the lack of agreement as to what
constitutes "porn" versus erotica or even art. Most articles in the
Deseret News seem to imply that porn is watched rather than viewed, indicating
perhaps movies/videos more than pics. I believe that the stigma of porn is so
offensive that many well-intended people refuse to learn enough to distinguish
between an implied nudity picture and an adult movie with full nudity and
explicit sexual intercourse. It's easier to just label it all as porn. Then
we have those former porn addicts that are the new evangelists, decrying the
evils of porn (still undefined) and citing their own sad stories as proof that
porn is terrible. Yet, common sense and studies indicate that most porn
viewers--much like social drinkers--are not addicts, and while there are
certainly good religious reasons not to view porn by any definition, the broad
brush implication that everyone is going to be an addict (or alcoholic) merely
highlights the hysteria and lack of knowledge of the hand-wringers. Strive to
be accurate and please get rid of the broad brush.
Gonna have to disagree with you, Hutt. (And that doesn't happen very
often.) We need more newspapers and all other forms of media to get on board to
begin fighting this pernicious threat.Maybe part of the problem is
that most people don't think of porn day to day. Just as most of us
don't think of using drugs or gambling our families into bankruptcy or
becoming alcoholics. But for those we have trapped via whatever route, it is a
very BIG deal.Those who profit from this filth will claim the First
Amendment. Somehow, we MUST find the wisdom to protect that right while still
protecting people from the sewage that is porn.It won't be
Most people just don't think of porn day to day. However pervasive it is or
isn't in society, it is more so in the Deseret News.
Porn is terribly destructive and corrosive. Marriages, families and careers are
all victims. The fact that 67% of men and 49% of women view pornography as
acceptable is not a good sign. I feel terrible for the wave of current and
future victims who are not aware (yet) of the damage pornography causes.
Another side ( that might be covered later ) is those that participate in
producing porn. What are the reasons for involvement? Desperation for
resources? High incentives? (It doesn't seem like it, except perhaps by
supplying drugs to those that can be inticed that way). In other
words, while there is a demand, what can be done about removing some incentives
or life conditions that push one to be the supply?
The tragedy of pornography is the effect on families, the breakup of marriages,
as well as the neutralizing of the dreams and success of so many talented
people.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a very
effective, free addiction recovery program referred to as "LDS 12-Step."
Thousands have been truly healed of this addiction through this program. There
are miracles week after week. There is hope and complete recovery is
possible.There is not one good thing in pornography. It is a waste
of life and human potential. It is a gross offense against women. And men. It is
the taking of something sacred and beautiful and reducing it to a vulgar and
degrading level. Imagine the evil specter of greedy charlatans
making millions off the destruction of millions of their fellow citizens who
have been brought down by this terrible plague on our society.We
should do all it our power to reverse the tide and not act as though this is
just the new normal. It is up to us. We should never accept as part
of our culture something so soul-destroying.