Thursday, February 16

The Porn Effect: The Lies and the Truth

Update: Another example today of the false notion that pornography is free speech. I can think of a professor's words about the difference between freedom and liberty. Once is anarchy, the other is restrained by moral guidelines--discerning between right & wrong.

In this story, its obvious that the officer's where out of line, but I can understand the frustration when political correctness exposes our children and adulst to damaging content.
The sexual harassment policy forbids the "display of offensive or obscene printed or visual material." But in a library, which is both a public arena and a county workplace, the U.S. Constitution trumps Montgomery's rules.
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I know this goes a bit far from what I usually blog about, but the true effects of porn, I suspect, has far-reaching social, economic, and yes, political implications. I also take personal interest in the subject, having personally experienced what porn does to an individual and a family. You don't want it in your family or in your own life. It does nothing good.

What do you suppose would happen to our national economy, social well-being, and overall direction of this country if porn was treated for what it is--a social, psychological and moral problem (also know among of faith as "sin"). Can you see it: Strong families, productive men, healthy relationships.
Unfortunately some voices in the media would have guys like Ryan believe they didn't have a problem in the first place. Unless you're deaf and blind, it's hard not to notice how porn has invaded our culture. It's ubiquitous. Look at a magazine rack, watch a movie or glance at the pop-ups on your computer (just not too long!). Men are always just a click or flip away from a smorgasbord of flesh. Even if they resist clicking or flipping, the persistent pull of porn has a soul-numbing effect. It becomes normative, somehow a little more acceptable with each indiscretion. As a result, many guys fail to foresee the destructive effects it can have on their lives. Every day they're being sold the insidious lie that porn use is a harmless pleasure or, at worst, a private and petty vice.

Case in point: a recent article in Psychology Today magazine entitled "You, Me and Porn Make Three."* The piece actually asserts that porn can be a positive force within marriage, a way for couples to "foster emotional and sexual intimacy." And the intense jealousy and insecurity a wife feel when she discovers her husband's porn habit? Paranoia. Overreaction. For couples unencumbered by convention, we are told, porn can serve as "a healthy outlet for sexual fantasy."
Make sure to read the full Boundless article by Drew Dyck.