“The ‘Pornification’ Of Society” by Fight The New Drug

Check out this great post on Fight The New Drug’s blog. Clay Olsen, the Executive Director of FTND, recently spoke at our Boston public health conference just a few weeks ago. This is an excerpt from a recent article they published, please see the the source of this excerpt here http://blog.fightthenewdrug.org

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We are so surrounded by this pornification in today’s popular culture that it’s hard to even recognize what we are actually hearing or seeing. If you look at the most popular shows on television, the most popular songs on iTunes, and the most popular movies in theaters, you’ll find content and subject matter that if you applied to reality, you would never mess with it.

It’s so crazy to think that things that were once totally unheard of, are now widely accepted, embraced, created, and promoted on social media daily.

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The problem here lies in the blurring of the lines between entertainment in the media and pornography. Porn is bleeding into every single aspect of our lives, contributing to the objectification of the human body, rape culture, and basic desensitization to sexual material.
When we are all surrounded by this pornification in society, it’s easy to get lost in it and find it hard to see what it really means. This societal shift warps ideas and perceptions, such as the idea that women are here to please men, and that the human body is an object, separate from thoughts, emotions, and feelings a person may have.

Porn culture is becoming an living and breathing issue. According to the website Stop Porn Culture, studies show that after men view porn, they are more likely to have decreased empathy for rape victims (not cool), believe that a woman who dresses provocatively deserves to be raped, have anger at women who flirt but don’t have sex (similar to the recent disturbing Santa Barbara shooting), and report increased interest in coercing partners into unwanted sex acts.

Wow.

This gray area that’s been created in the mainstream media is totally and completely widespread. Stop Porn Culture’s website asks us to consider these problems: “While mainstream pop culture grows increasingly pornographic, the pornography industry produces hardcore material that is both more overtly cruel toward women and more widely accepted than ever. Have you ever tried to talk about this issue, only to be told that you’re a prude, or that pornography is liberating? What will happen now that the first generation of men raised on Internet porn is making its way into adulthood?”

Good point. And scary thought.

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As pornography influences everyday media and the objectification of humans, especially women, it only gets stronger and contributes to not just porn culture, but rape culture as well.
We are smarter than that. We don’t need to accept the pornification of our society.

Be better than porn culture.

Be smarter. Be cooler.

Don’t be pornified.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the Fight The New Drug website http://blog.fightthenewdrug.org

Fight the New Drug exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using science, facts, and personal accounts.