Does society still see pornography as a moral issue?

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  • terra nova Park City, UT
    March 21, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 20, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    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.

  • BKB Chantilly/USA, 00
    March 20, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Carol P. Warnick Ephraim, Utah
    March 20, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    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 reports.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    March 20, 2014 5:50 a.m.

    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)?

  • 1voice Orem, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    It's just not as pervasive an issue as it seems to be made out here.