A book written by John Foubert

Published by LifeRich Publishing

A division of Reader's Digest

Why You Should Care about Pornography

Introduction to Chapter 1 of

How Porn Harms

 

 How Pornography Harms: What Teens, Young Adults, Parents, and Pastors Need to Know

 

Chapter Descriptions

Chapter 1: Why You Should Care About Pornography

Chapter 2: A Christian Perspective on Pornography

Chapter 3: Porn and the Brain

Chapter 4: The Link Between Pornography and Sexual Violence

Chapter 5:  How The Porn Use of Others May Affect You

Chapter 6: Who are these people? Motives of producers and actors in pornography.

Chapter 7: Pornography and Women

Chapter 8: Impact on Youth and Teenagers

Chapter 9:  The Academic Pro-Porn Movement: Keeping Women Objectified and Abused

Chapter 10:  Recent trends in pornography: Revenge, Extreme Violence, and Sexting

Chapter 11: How porn is changing the way people are having sex

Chapter 12: Sexual abuse pictures, also known as child pornography

Chapter 13:  What Can I Do?  Confronting Pornography in Your Life, The Life of Others, and in Our Society

Chapter 1: Why You Should Care About Pornography

 

Chapter 1 establishes why the reader should care about pornography.  Viewpoints from interviews with the leading scholars in the study of pornography are introduced, along with a detailed description of the violence present in today’s pornography.  A first person account of acting in pornography opens the chapter with an unvarnished peek into what being a porn star is really like. The vast reach of pornography in our society is exposed.  This first chapter, and the book, is written with the intent to motivate a new generation to push back against the hundred billion dollar pornography industry.

 

Chapter 2: A Christian Perspective on Pornography  Porn and the Spirit: How Use Connects to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs

Chapter 2 includes a discussion of passages from the Bible that give guidance on the degree to which pornography is sinful.  Extended comments from a theologian and from Christian students who have been caught in the web of pornography are included.

Chapter 3: Porn and the Brain

 

Chapter 3 details how pornography affects the brain.  Interviews with neuroscientists and research on the areas of the brain that light up during pornography use help the reader understand how pornography harms the user, and in many cases, leads to addiction.  The role of neurotransmitters like dopamine are explained, along with research on how pornography rewires the brain.  The hope of overcoming an addiction is provided through a discussion of neuroplasticity.  The experience of a man in his late 20’s whose brain was rewired by pornography, who is overcoming that process, helps the reader better understand the complex brain processes involved.

 

Chapter 4: The Link Between Pornography and Sexual Violence

 

Chapter 4 answers the question, “Can pornography cause rape” with the best data currently available.  The “script” of today’s mainstream pornography as a recipe for rape is exposed, with details on how the choreography of scenes teaches men to be violent with women and tells women they should like it.  The experiences of men who have watched “rape pornography” are described, along with the experience of a man who seems to have acted on what he saw.  The callous disregard of other men who watch media where women experience extreme violence is also described through their own words.  The degree to which violent pornography affects different men is highlighted.

 

Chapter 5:  How The Porn Use of Others May Affect You

 

In Chapter 5, we explore how the pornography use of others affects you.  Whether you have never seen pornography or view it for hours a day, the viewing others choose to engage in impacts you.  If you are a woman, when people view pornography, they experience media that encourages them to have contempt for you, treat you violently, consider you an object and not a person, and have no regard for your sexual boundaries.  Regardless of your sex, pornography is likely to affect your relationship with a partner, for the worse.  If your friends use pornography, they are less likely to help you if you are about to be sexually assaulted.  A myriad of harms are enumerated through data, life stories, and scholarly perspectives.

 

Chapter 6: Who are these people? Motives of producers and actors in pornography.

 

Chapter 6 introduces you to the people who make pornography.  A major focus of this chapter is sharing the life story of January Villarubia, a woman whose life experiences led her to appear in many pornographic films.  She provides a raw look into how the industry treats women, and shows why you should care.  The cruel perspectives of those who direct and produce porn are also shared.  The “feminist porn” oxymoron is described, along with the ways the industry continues to incorporate new technologies and means of exploiting (mostly) women for (mostly) men’s money.

 

Chapter 7: Pornography and Women

 

Most chapters incorporate the experiences of women; however, chapter 7 is devoted exclusively to women’s experiences with pornography.  Statistics on how many women view pornography are shared.  The research on pornography on women’s body image is described, along with the perspectives of women who view pornography intentionally.  Women whose male friends show them pornography are shared, along with those women’s reactions to such experiences.  Effects on women’s mental health and risk for sexual violence are highlighted.

 

Chapter 8: Impact on Children and Teenagers

 

In chapter 8, we explore the impact of pornography on those legally not allowed to see it.  Many stories from children (now adults) whose lives were devastated by the pornography use of parents or relatives are described in heartbreaking detail.  Statistics on when children usually see pornography are shared along with the circumstances of their being exposed.  Women’s experiences of being shown pornography without their consent as children and teenagers are highlighted.  Some similar experiences had by some boys are also described.  The way in which teens watch and make fun of pornography is described through real life experiences.  Experiences of people internationally and in different generations are described along with the impact of porn on the developing brains of children and teenagers.

Chapter 9:  The Academic Pro-Porn Movement: Keeping Women Objectified and Abused

 

In chapter 9, we analyze the shallow arguments made by people who occupy professorial and related roles yet ignore the weight of the evidence about the harms of pornography.  The academic word salad of postmodern viewpoints is dissected, along with the fallacy of a potential intersection between feminism and making pornography.  The domination of women is juxtaposed against the contention that making and viewing pornography can be liberating for women.  Examples from pro-porn books are cited, along with the scholarly analysis of many leading pornography researchers.  The odds that those critical of pornography have a better argument than pro-porn academics are computed to be over 88 dectrillion to one.  One pro-porn book is suggested for those seeking an honest, well-reasoned perspective.

 

Chapter 10:  Recent trends in pornography: Revenge, Extreme Violence, and Sexting

 

Chapter 10 includes information about the latest trends in how the pornography industry makes money.  These trends include new devices that can be affixed to the body to make porn interactive and media that is even more violent than that in the mainstream.  The latest rebranding of some media as “ethical porn” is described, along with scholarly perspectives on what ethical porn really would be.  Many experiences that anonymous research participants have had with sexting are shared.  The phenomenon of revenge porn and rape porn are described.

 

Chapter 11: How porn is changing the way people are having sex

 

Pornography is changing the way people today are having sex.  This issue is dissected in chapter 11.  The concept of a “sexual script” is detailed, along with how the pornography industry is changing that in the minds of today’s youth.  The increasing use of pornography by the general public is described as a way pornographic images are directing the behaviors of today’s sexually active individuals.  Several theories about how pornography impacts users are shared, along with data on the unrealistic expectations pornography sets for sexually inexperienced (and experienced) people.  People who have tried what they saw in pornography share their experiences doing so.  The entrée of “porn specific behaviors” into people’s sex lives is described.  The dramatic increase in young men with erectile dysfunction is connected to use of pornography.

Chapter 12: Sexual abuse pictures, also known as child pornography

 

Few would dispute the contention that child pornography is harmful, at least to those who appear in it.  This woeful phenomena is discussed in chapter 12.  The chapter features the story of an elderly man who went to jail for sharing child pornography on the Internet.  The childification of adult pornography is also described as a way that men are enticed to go from looking at adult porn to child images.  The experiences of several late-teens and young adults who have seen child pornography are shared.  The likelihood that child pornography will increase, along with a concurrent dramatic increase in children solicited for sex online is exposed.

 

Chapter 13:  What Can I Do?  Confronting Pornography in Your Life, The Life of Others, and in Our Society

 

Hearing about the multitude of ways pornography is devastating society can make one morose.  In chapter 14, we discuss ways that people can fight back in their personal lives, in the lives of those they care about, and on a societal level.  The public health crisis created by pornography is synthesized.  Five promising practices for people who are trying to cut down on the pornography use of themselves or others are described.  Advice from people who are addicted, have overcome addiction are shared.  Both religious and secular options are described, along with a detailed look at books that are likely to be helpful to anyone interested in navigating their way out of a pornography trap.  Action plans and organizations you can help in ways that take only seconds are shared. 

(c) 2019 John Foubert

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