Anti Porn

I must admit that in a country (India) where SEX is considered a taboo, talking about pornography will seem  rather an uncomfortable subject. But I feel our generation must be educated about it, so that they can confront with this Evil. I have no theological training or any education in psychology and human behaviors. What I have to say comes from my own experiences from the mistakes I have made, the struggles I have had and continue to have in trying to rectify those mistakes and what I have learned along the way. It is my hope that some of you may learn and benefit from it.

What is pornography?

One definition of pornography is “the depiction of subject matter with the intention of sexually exciting the viewer”. Another is “obscene writings, films pictures and similar”.

Pornography is further less formerly defined into two categories; hardcore and softcore, both with varying degrees of severity.

Softcore pornography can range from depictions of scantily clad models, to naked models and at the far end of the spectrum, simulated sexual activity. Hardcore pornography is the graphic depiction of sexual activity with nothing censored. This type is far more dangerous as it graphically depicts the most depraved of acts. Abnormal sexual activity such as group sex, homosexuality, anal sex and even bestiality are graphically depicted.

Where is pornography encountered?

Advertising with “subject matter with the intention of sexually exciting the viewer” is common and shown on TV, on billboards, magazines and newspapers. Magazines that have pictorials of scantily dressed male or female models or articles that are sexually explicit are easily obtainable and can even be bought by minors. I’m talking about “men’s interest” magazines such as Ralph, FHM, Maxim and Zoo, Women’s interest magazines like Cleo, Dolly Girlfriend and Cosmopolitan. By Islamic standards these magazines are pornographic as well as those actually considered pornographic by society, playboy, penthouse and the like which lean more toward the higher end of the softcore genre

Music videos featuring the latest female starlet writhing around in a state of implied nudity are common, recently while visiting a friend I wandered into the lounge room where the TV was playing a show containing music videos. I was confronted by Katy Perry writhing around naked for no apparent reason. Fashion TV is another provider of light porn. These music videos are often broadcast on TV’s in public areas such as inside McDonald restaurants or gyms. Poonam Pandey’s announcement that she will dance stark naked in the playground during Cricket World Cup 2011 got her into limelight.

Pornography is everywhere, easily accessible and all around us, we’re bombarded with pornographic images every day and we’re becoming desensitized to them.

How accessible is it?

Pornography in the form of images and video has existed since the very early 1900’s, but to view it a person needed to make the conscious effort to leave the house and travel to an adult store to. Since the introduction of the internet in the nineties, pornography became much easier to access but its distribution was limited by the internet speeds of the time. Now with broadband internet and with most mobile phones capable of a decent browsing speed, pornography is more accessible than ever.

Let’s say for example that a child in say their early teens to enters into Google a word he or she heard at school or on TV. Let’s also assume that Mum and Dad aren’t up on technology and haven’t put a filter on the computer. It would be so very easy for that child to then end up at a pornographic website. At first this is might be met with shock and repulsion, but later curiosity begins to seep into the brain and with the pornographic images bombarding us daily having desensitized us we think it’s no big deal to go back and look at that picture.

Online pornography has become easier to access than most people realize  just entering the word porn into Google returns 127 million results with all but two of the links on the first page leading to hardcore pornography sites.

Is this topic worth my attention?

In my own experience I have found that it’s so easy to get ensnared in pornography and difficult to break free of its grasp. I’ve met many people online who have the same difficulty and problems to varying degrees. It’s now while you all are young that you need to take steps to avoid pornography before it becomes a habit and as such hard to break.

According to the organisation “Safe families online” Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry with the total porn industry revenue for 2006 being $97 billion. More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month; 72 million unique worldwide users visit adult web sites monthly. A 2000 MSNBC.com survey found that as many as 80 per cent of visitors to sex sites were spending so much time tracking down erotica on the computer that they were putting their real-life relationships and/or jobs at risk.

Pornography is a very real problem in today’s society and one that I feel is very important and relevant to discussion.

Pornography is a lot like smoking. You know it probably won’t do you any good, but you do it anyway, maybe all your friends are doing it, maybe you’re curious, but for whatever reason you started looking at pornography, fell into the sin of masturbation and now you’re finding it hard to stop.

Just like smoking and drinking there are things you can do to help kick the habit, I must stress though that there is no cure for this addiction, no magic pill to make it go away. Like smoking the craving is always going to be there, you may fall back into old habits; the important thing is not to get discouraged but to try again and again to live in manner that is pleasing to God.

I will discuss in detail in coming pages about bad effects of pornography, getting rid of this evil etc.

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