pornThe days of porn being secluded to back rooms, top shelves, and brown bags are finished. Porn is now more pervasive than alcohol or tobacco—as neither of those things are available 24/7 on your smartphone. Porn is mainstream, and it’s not only accepted, it’s practically treated as cool.

And make no mistake, the culture at large continues to pretend porn is harmless (Tweet This!). Despite the number of divorces that list porn as a contributor to marital unhappiness, people simply refuse to get dirty over the issue.

Bring up porn as a joke, you’re clever.
Bring it up as a social danger, you’re a prude. 


Funny how that works.
Only it isn’t. 



It’s not funny when 8-year-olds see orgies by accident on the internet.

It’s even less funny when junior-highers are pressured into oral sex by peers who “saw it online”. 


It’s not funny when people develop insecurities because of the size or shape of body parts they see in top-shelf magazines.

It’s even less funny when a wife starves herself or gets augmentations to look like “the girls her husband watches.”

It’s not funny when employees fail to perform their jobs because of sleep deprivation due to late-night binges.

It’s even less funny when they binge on company time or with company property, resulting in dismissal.



Porn is not a joke. And its consequences, less so.



Despite the lowbrow environment in which we find ourselves, however, at least one cultural good has arisen. Voices cry in the wilderness. Victims tell their stories. Men and women across the globe have begun to stand and say, “Porn destroys lives.”



The question, then is this: In which camp do you fall? 



Do you think sex is another form of entertainment? 

Do you think porn is fun?
Or is porn something you dare not even speak, due to fear or shame?
What do you say if the topic arises?



These are worthwhile questions to ask yourself, because they will be asked, explicitly in conversation or implicitly when you surf online. As porn’s presence continually grows, what is your stance on it and why? It’s a good thing to know, because you’ll face it sooner than you think.

And that will be no laughing matter.

 

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