I was flabbergasted last week after reading an article titled “Pornography for a Better Tomorrow.” This article introduced a non-profit pornography organization that allows its users to upload videos and link them to the charitable organization of their choice. Every time an individual watches one of these pornographic videos, money is donated to that specific charity.
According to the article, this concept was developed in order to “rethink, critically, the relationship between the internet and sexuality” and “foster a healthy culture that ‘reflects the natural plurality of human sexuality.’” There are so many fallacies in this article that it is honestly difficult to pinpoint just one. This idea crosses the threshold of moral relativity into dangerous territory that debases the value of human beings and sexuality. How do you place a price tag on sexuality? No charitable organization should receive money made by degrading human beings who were created in the image of God.
The degrading nature of pornography makes it imperative that we address the harmful effects ofpornography on individuals and marriages. Men who view pornography can become addicted, and can even become desensitized to the type of pornography they use and seek more dramatic and perverse forms. Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity. Using pornography encourages men to view women as commodities or “sex objects,” and engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which leads to an increase in out-of-wedlock births and STDs. Child sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be involved in its distribution.
Regarding marriage, married men who are involved with pornography feel less satisfied with their sexual relations with their wife and also feel less emotionally attached to their wives. Pornography increases the chance of infidelity and divorce. A spouse is addicted to pornography is likely to experience a loss of interest in sexual intercourse and even a loss of interest in good family relations.
There are very few laws regarding pornography in our country, with the exception of child pornography. Knowing the harmful effects of pornography on individuals and marriages, how can we justify any furtherance of this activity? Specifically, how can we condone a pornography organization that attempts to hide the obvious evils of pornography under the cover of charitable donations?