The problem of pornography

It started with a comment on another blog (link removed at the request of blog owner) that denies seems to deny pornography’s link to rape. I chanced across it while searching the WordPress tag “pornography”. After writing a whole long comment and faced with the possibility of it being deleted on that blog (like how I delete some inappropriate comments on this blog) through no fault or blame on the owner of that blog, I decided to post the comment, albeit edited, on my own blog. Some sub-headings were included to make reading easier.

What is pornography, and why is it wrong?

As defined in Wikipedia, pornography is “the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal”. In other words, pornography is the use of the human body to sexually arouse the viewer. This is wrong because the human body is not supposed to be used in any way, because when we use a person, we are reducing his dignity from that of a person to that of an object (to be used).

Why is pornography, sodomy, and adultery the “business of the law”?

Pornography, sodomy, and adultery all affect the society, hence it is the business of the law indeed.

Pornography, as mentioned above, is the use of the human body as a commodity. Specifically the pornography industry uses the human body in an obscene manner to exploit people – the actors and actresses, and those who purchase the material, all in the name of money. The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and Earthlink. (Source: Pornography Statistics 2007)

As for sodomy, studies have indicated that the body’s natural immune system is broken down by repeated exposure to semen during anal intercourse. Also, the tearing and rupturing which can take place during such intercourse exposes the individual to infection by manifold serious and fatal diseases. Of these, AIDS is the most well-known and the most dangerous. (Source: Larry, Burtoft, Ph.D, Setting the Record Straight: What Research Really Says About the Social Consequences of Homosexuality, Focus n the Family 1994)

Adultery is a crime against marriage and is illegal in some jurisdictions. If the business of marriage falls under that of the law, then how can adultery not concern the law, since adultery is a breach of the marital contract? I don’t have a source for this, hence this is using common sense.

Did Alfred Kinsey manipulate his results in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male?

Yes, Kinsey did indeed skew his results. Dr Judith Reisman‘s research shows us how:

Kinsey engaged in what is known as “category manipulation”. In one example, he classified 1,400 criminals and sex offenders as “normal” on the grounds that such miscreants were essentially the same as other men – except that these had gotten caught. The “human males” category could then include incarcerated pedophiles, pederasts, homosexual males, boy prostitutes and miscellaneous sexual predator.

One of the co-authors of Kinsey’s work, Clyde Martin, was charged with all the statistical analysis of data for the project of “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” despite not having any background in statistics. And even he admitted that “criminal and abnormal men permeated the sample to such a degree that the only way to clean it up would amount to rewriting the entire book”.

Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist of global acclaim in the 1940s, was a friend of Kinsey. He had already proven that volunteers in a sex study were usually “unconventional” men and women with high rates of unhealthy and disapproved sexual activity. Relying upon these volunteers – even those not counted among prison populations – would produce results that showed a “falsely high percentage of non-virginity, masturbation, promiscuity and homosexuality in the population.

Which is what happened – according to Kinsey’s skewed data, 95 percent of the American male population regularly indulged in deviant sexual activities such as extra-marital affairs, homosexuality, pedophilia, etc. Maslow offered to help Kinsey clean up the “volunteer error” in his work, but once Kinsey realised how this would compromise the outcome of the data and steer it away from the results he wanted, he abruptly terminated his friendship with Maslow.

It is an established fact (stats coming) that child molesters regularly use pornography to seduce their prey, to lower the inhibitions of their young victims and to serve as a kind of “instruction manual”. In a study of 36 serial sex murderers interviewed by the FBI, 81 percent admitted using pornography. Of those studied, 87 percent of girl child molesters and 77 percent of boy child molesters admitted to regular use of pornography.

Decriminalizing pornography came about when the U.S. Supreme Court accepted the revolutionary Model Penal Code with its recommendation of drastically reducing the penalties for its 52 major sex crimes according to Kinsey’s data.

Prior to that time, the definition of obscenity according to case law was “anything offensive to chastity or modesty, expressing or presenting to the mind or view something that… decency forbids to be exposed… tending to stir the sex impulses or to lead to sexually impure and lustful thoughts…”

The new Model Penal Code declared a thing obscene if “considered as a whole, its predominant appeal is to prurient interest… And if it goes substantially beyond customary limits of candor in description…” According to Kinsey, sexual activities such as sodomy, incest, pedophilia, and bestiality are within customary limits, so one is left to wonder what exactly the Model Penal Code restricts.

- the source of these past nine paragraphs is “The Kinsey Corruption: An Expose on the Most Influential ‘Scientist’ Of Our Time” by Susan Brinkman, based on the book “Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences” by Dr Judith Reisman

What does the use of pornography lead to?

Using common sense, consider this: If a person regularly used pornography, he would be so “sexually charged” up (heh heh) that he would need to release it somewhere. First, it would be masturbation, but because these feelings of pleasure lead to addiction, and addiction is a progressive disease, more is required than before to obtain the same sexual high previously experienced. The person would therefore seek out more thrilling ventures to meet his need for sexual pleasure.

If the person was married, sex with his wife would no longer meet his need for sexual pleasure, because the fantasy is always more pleasurable than the reality. He would seek out other sources to obtain that sexual high, such as in extra-marital affairs, prostitutes, etc.

But don’t take my word for it; that’s just my common sense speaking. Ask a professional psychologist who specializes in addiction. Or, you can take the word of Sexaholics Anonymous, as they write:

“Some common characteristics of male and female sexaholics include isolation, depression, guilt, and a deep sense of emptiness. Our common behaviors include fantasizing about sexual and other self-centered desires, harmful co-dependent relationships, compulsive masturbation, use of pornography, including the Internet, promiscuous sexual relationships, adulterous affairs, and compulsive pursuit of exhibitionism or sexually abusive relationships, regardless of legal consequences.”

Or you can take the word of professionals who have researched this. Both Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources and Sex Addiction Help explain the Sexual Addiction Cycle which begins with Fantasy, which leads to Ritual, which leads to Acting Out, which leads to Shame, which leads again to Fantasy, and the cycle repeats.

I write passionately about this because my life (like Dr Judith Reisman’s) has been affected by the lies that resulted from Kinsey’s “research” which has affected the society where we live in, because our society tells us it is “normal” for every man to view pornography and “it doesn’t cause any harm”. Not true on both accounts. Both come from Kinsey and his skewed findings.

For single men, addiction to porn has many negative effects, but for the married man, it is even worse. For every married man addicted to porn are a corresponding wife and children. How many hundreds of millions of lives are affected directly or indirectly by pornography? We don’t know, but we are slowly starting to feel its effects. Sexual Recovery Institute has more to say about partners and children of porn addicts.

What can we do about pornography? It affects everyone, yes, even you. Because even if you are not directly affected by it, someone you know and are close to is, although you probably don’t know it. That’s how pervasive this problem of pornography is. But because you are affected, you can do something about it.

The first thing that you can do is to find out more. I have a directory of links to good websites that you can go to in order to have a fuller understanding of what we are facing here. After that, spread the word to all the people you know. If each one of you is aware of the danger of porn, the world is that much richer and better equipped to deal with the problem of pornography.

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7 Responses

  1. Please remove the link to my blog.

  2. Thank you,

  3. You’re welcome. :)

  4. This article reads that pornography ultimately will lead to extramarital affairs, prostitutes etc. but haven’t both of those “problems” been with us for all time, prior to the popularity of pornagraphy?

  5. Hi Ken,

    True, we’ve always had them, but not as rampant, and definitely not as accepted as they are now. Extra-marital affairs have always been taboo and shunned, but now they are so widely accepted as normal. Or rather, we can say that these became social problems only when they became socially popular.

    God bless,
    Catholic Writer

  6. Thank you for this article. I read it because I have a friend whose husband seems to be “into” internet porn and she’s upset about it (as I would be too!). I worry about her, and about their children.

    I also worry about others I know who (although very nice people in every other way) tend to indulge their sexual fantasies deliberately.

    All these friends are non-religious or anti-Catholic, so how do I warn them of the dangers or even say I’m worried about them because of a Catholic article? (I became Catholic this April). They will probably just get angry and drop me as a friend. Thoughts?

    Thank you in advance!

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