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‘Innocent fun’? Think again!

October 2014 | by David McCracken

Extensive research has discovered that the evils of pornography exist in every sector of society.

How many people purchase the daily newspaper containing pictures of a less than scantily clad female and do not even hesitate, because over the years this behaviour has become normalised?

Pornography is a largely invisible empire, catering to the sexual desires and fantasies of men. The law prefers to ignore it, therefore much of it remains hidden, but we can find it everywhere.

Because it remains largely uncontrolled, it thrives in both the open and the black markets and much of it belongs to organised crime. In all soft or hard pornography, women, men and children are prostituted, because they are providing a sexual service that people purchase.

The law recognises the obscenities and the damage done, especially in child pornography, but continually fails to stop it. Pornography is about men’s sexual gratification; it cares not for the dignity of women and children.

Pornography causes women and children to lose their freedom: equality is unimportant, as is women’s dignity; it promotes aggression and discrimination against the female; it corrupts minds; it takes people further from religious conviction and makes sex dirty.

A large amount of pornography of adult women comes from North America and Europe and has a large connection with sexual enslavement and human trafficking. Child pornography and paedophilia is linked with every country that routinely accepts travelling sex offenders.

It is a multi-billion dollar industry, in which criminal syndicates profit and their victims suffer. Pornography happens because someone (usually male) has more power than their victims. Women and children are violated, sometimes to extremes, and tortured and exploited.

Humiliation and violence

The women who appear in the glossy men’s ‘entertainment’ magazines are being humiliated, objectified and used. Much pornography involves sexual violence towards women and children, sometimes on screen, but all too often off screen in order to get them to comply.

Stockpiles of magazines and DVDs provide evidence of a continuing slave trade, in which women and children are often beaten into compliance. Pornography is widely used to ‘train’ children in order to satisfy the men who prey on them, especially in SE Asia, where there is much predation.

The vast majority of women in pornography are there because they are poor, desperate, addicted to drugs and trafficked. Many have been sexually abused as children and, of course, many are indeed still children. They have very limited choices and no voice.

Actual testimonies from women have described how pornography has been used to break their self-esteem, blackmail them into prostitution and keep them there.

It’s going to take a massive long-term effort, under God’s blessing, to bring pornography under control. Even many children watch hard core pornography, because society has provided them with the technology to access it without detection.

Our children need to understand that relationships are not about sex within the first moments of meeting someone for the first time and it’s not about multiple partners. It really is time for all society to take a responsible approach and stop supporting and funding pornography’s growing empire.

Churches too should realise that many of the people they are trying to reach across the world today are, as in the early Christian world, deeply influenced and damaged by this depraved ‘industry’.

David McCracken