Why PORN?

I feel like more questions than answers have been raised in this series. I’m content with the conclusions we have drawn, but have been so grateful for all the questions to come from the discussion: they push us towards stronger, different, more beneficial thoughts.

I posted the list of questions about porn I am now left with last night. I’d love to hear what you are now considering. This series is over, and the discussion is anything but.

One of the most frequently asked questions has been around the black and white judgement on porn: is it all bad? I looked at this on Wednesday. What do you think?

Another has been in relation to the anti-porn movement. Is it also anti-sex? My answer is here.

The most common question asked of me on a personal note has been around my choice to research and host a series on the topic of porn on my blog.

To get it out of the way: I have not been a victim of sexual violence, nor have I been harmed by pornography.

But I have become convinced that when there is something you see that does not quite sit right, you have a responsibility to address it. I was made aware of human trafficking a few years ago and this has led to a will, perhaps stronger than any other earthly desire in me, to fight for the upholding of human value – not only in the context of physical slavery, but this is what I have focused much of my attention on.

Part of the ongoing process of deciphering amidst the complexity of the subject what my little role might be has been to familiarise myself with the symptoms of the loss of human value. It no longer is an option to know some things and ignore others, to have the opportunity to learn and not take it. Our generation is one that is so privileged in terms of resource, especially of information: we are foolish when we don’t use it for good. And so for me, one thing I needed to familiarise myself with was the porn industry and its impact on society.

I shared the story of the river on my blog a while ago. I am making my way upstream. It is not enough to deal with symptoms, as urgent and important as that is; we must grapple with causes if we are ever to find a cure.

The journey upstream is not comfortable and is often better described as a struggle. This, however, is the cost of trying to make the world a little lighter.

When you see something that is broken, you fix it:

you fix it by knowing it

and through this, by paving a path for its improvement.

You prevent it from breaking again

by figuring out why it broke in the first place.

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