Porn, Porno, Pornography

Three words … one meaning. 

Statistics tell us

  • The majority of Internet porn customers are aged between 12 and 17
  • The heart of the porn industry is in California … where it is illegal (not only the industry itself but bodily skin contact with bodily fluids)
  • Pornography is more addictive that hard drugs

What the statistics rarely tell us is the real cost of an industry turning over in excess of $20bn per annum; the cost in human life.  More than 100 porn stars have died as a result of suicide, drug or alcohol overdoses, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as AIDS, cancers arising from high risk human papillomavirus (HPV) or murder.

Do we hear this in the discussions at high levels of government?  Rarely.  Why?  Well, perhaps money and financial tie-in at high levels in industry has something to do with it.  Pornographers are continually in discussions with other industry decision-makers on how to get porn out there without censoring (e.g., the next ‘internet’ is the mobile phone networks). 

But we’re adults and free to choose, aren’t we?  Consumers may be (although the ease of addiction would suggest that any ‘free-will’ disappears very rapidly).  What about those trapped in the industry?  Well, they’re in it, they made that choice and deserve all they get, don’t they? 

Hmmm!  Wrong again.  They have less control over their destiny than an alcoholic does over deciding when to take their next drink.  These ‘porn-stars’ are frequently trapped in a cycle of abuse, drug and alcohol addiction.  More significantly, they are trapped with a loss of soul.  Their self-esteem is so low and their ability to escape, zero, as they die inside, steeling themselves to their next job, then crying it off afterwards with a good dose of drugs or alcohol.  They are perfect targets for the abuse they endure.

But they tell us how great it is!

Hmmm! Perhaps.  But for some real, unedited stories of people trapped within the industry and those who have managed to escape, you may want a reality check by visiting the following site … PLEASE NOTE:  This site contains articles which are candid and explicit and should not be viewed by anyone under 16 years of age without adult permission or supervision.  It is not a porn site, but you can’t discuss porn meaningfully without hearing the facts.  If you are easily offended then don’t visit …

The Pink Cross Foundation

Here a just a few articles on the reality of the industry, from people who work in it. 

Statement #1

Statement #2

Statement #3

And these don’t touch the effects of porn on the lives of those individuals and families where addiction is a reality.

When our ‘free choice’ imposes suffering, degradation, abuse and possible death on others, it no longer becomes free choice.  Our choice inflicts pain, bondage and suffering on vulnerable people, many who are unable to defend themselves.  In any setting that is abuse.

The problem is that the consequences of our ‘free choice’ are hidden and frequently ignored when they should be challenged.

If we listen to the pleas of those who are trapped, our choice moves from being simply moral to humanitarian … and that is no bad thing.

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About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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