Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Porn Problem


Writer Karen Spears Zacharias has a wonderful and timely piece on the problem of porn on her blog. Some excerpts:

"...The confession this week by New York’s Rep. Anthony Weiner that he has been involved in inappropriate online encounters highlights just how insidious a porn problem can be. Asked why he sent sexually explicit photos to women online, Rep. Weiner said he didn’t know why. It was dumb. Stupid, he said.

Anthony Weiner is married to a beautiful, smart, and engaging woman.

But she, apparently, wasn’t good enough. That’s the lure, and trouble with porn: you want what you don’t have and don’t want what you do have.

Naomi Wolff deftly explains the affect of porn on male-female relationships in The Porn Myth:  But does all this sexual imagery in the air mean that sex has been liberated—or is it the case that the relationship between the multi-billion-dollar porn industry, compulsiveness, and sexual appetite has become like the relationship between agribusiness, processed foods, supersize portions, and obesity? If your appetite is stimulated and fed by poor-quality material, it takes more junk to fill you up. People are not closer because of porn but further apart; people are not more turned on in their daily lives but less so.

Real women, no matter how beautiful or smart or engaging, cannot compete with a man’s online addiction.

Says Wolfe: For the first time in human history, the images’ power and allure have supplanted that of real naked women. Today, real naked women are just bad porn.”


To read the entire post, click here.

2 comments:

Beacon2Light said...

Interesting. Did you hear that his wife is 3 months pregnant? I am praying for her in the midst of this scandal not of her own choosing. I am also praying that Rep. Weiner's humbling situation will turn out to God's glory and the representative's good.

Alisha De Freitas said...

Hi Beacon, Thanks for commenting! Yes, I did hear about his wife. Being pregnant myself, I can't even imagine how she's feeling. I love that you're praying about it... he will need a lot of prayer!

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