Pornography isn’t Victimless – Observe WRAP Week
The porn industry would have us believe that pornography is a harmless, victimless crime – and they even go so far as to say pornography “empowers” women (see this previous Underground article). Purveyors of porn title theirs a “Business of Pleasure” as seen in a July 2009 CNBC special, where one female porn star says “I just treat it like any job.” Women are now producing and directing pornographic films.
If porn takes no victims, then we wouldn’t need “Victims of Pornography Month,” which happens in May each year, and we wouldn’t need “White Ribbons Against Pornography Week” (WRAP) – taking place Sunday, October 25 through Sunday, November 1, 2009. WRAP is sponsored by the Morality in Media organization.
For decades, numerous reports and articles have offered real statistics about porn’s victims:
-Ruined marriages from addiction to print and Internet porn;
-Abuse and violence after viewing porn videos;
-Addiction to porn in magazines leading to visiting strip clubs and eventually adultery;
-Adult pornography leading to sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking;
-Teens and children becoming addicted to porn found on parents’ and friends’ computers or in hidden magazines;
-Roughly 93% of boys and 61% of girls have seen online porn;
-Clergy and youth leaders unable to resist the temptation of porn films in hotel rooms;
-Soft porn working its way toward hard porn in major Hollywood films and TV soap operas (not just “B” videos).
(Visit the Morality in Media website linked above for evidence of these statements. Click on “Effects of Pornography” in the column at right side.)
One of the latest phenomena is that tweens and teens don’t see the harm in porn because “everyone’s posting nude pictures” on their cell phones. Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation – Conquering America’s #1 Addiction and himself a one-time porn addict, calls pornography the “crack cocaine of sexual addiction.”
“Porn is protected by free speech” – myth becomes truth
The Supreme Court has ruled often that the First Amendment does not protect obscenity. But because today’s “politically correct” philosophy tells us that there are no absolute truths and nothing is right or wrong, good or bad, the subject of what is obscene has become relative. Laws are thrown out the window in favor of doing what feels good and allowing others to do so because we mustn’t appear judgmental.
Is all of porn’s harmful evidence falling on deaf ears where laws are concerned? Enforcement of U.S. Federal Obscenity Laws has long been declining in the name of free speech. Despite a 2005 Harris Poll showing 77% of American adults would support efforts to enforce federal obscenity laws, and in 2008 that 75% would support similarly, it still isn’t happening. There is stronger federal willingness to look into sex trafficking since it’s become such a huge, un-ignorable problem; but print and video pornography still isn’t getting much attention.
How can you help?
-Read some of the stories at the Victims of Pornography website.
-Participate in the WRAP campaign as an individual, or enlist your church or any other group to do so (get all instructions at the Morality in Media website under the first right-bar link “Wrap Campaign”).
-PRAY for victims of pornography and their families.
-PRAY for a miraculous downfall to the $100 billion porn industry.
-RESIST temptation and help your family to resist it. Study Matthew 6:13, 26:41; Luke 22:46, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-3.
(This writer is not receiving any remuneration or compensation from organizations mentioned in this article.)