A wide range of honest people are waking up to the harms done by viewing pornography. You might not expect evolutionary scientists or radical feminists to be on the side of religious leaders when it comes to pornography. But you might be surprised! Here are six diverse examples of people working to fight porn. They can teach us a lot!

Scientists color brain diagram

I first came upon science teacher Gary Wilson when I was researching my soon-to-be published book Good Pictures, Bad Pictures. He created the website Your Brain on Porn, a six-part series of videos, as well as an excellent TED talk entitled The Great Porn Experiment. His background in neurobiology and evolution gives him the perspective that “evolution has not prepared your brain for today’s Internet porn.” He uses brain science to help porn addicts recover. I like that.

Feminists gail dines

Hardcore porn is violent and abusive of women and children. Gail Dines is an anti-porn “radical” feminist who’s written three books, including her most recent, Pornland, How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, published in 2010. Dines is Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston as well as founder of the National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement.

Former Porn Stars

Shelley_Lubben_in_2011Even former porn stars are getting into the fight! For example, Shelley Lubben is a former porn star who became a born-again Christian and now serves as the Executive Director of the Pink Cross Foundation—trying to help people involved in the sex industry to find their way out. Her amazing story illustrates the strong links between pornography and sex trafficking.

Journalists

But as Holly Finn explains in her recent Wall Street Journal piece, Online Pornography’s Effects, and a New Way to Fight Them, porn has “become a whole generation’s sex education and could be the same for the next.” Citing statistics that 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds look at porn at least once a month, she declares, “I’ve never felt so lucky to be over 40.”

Young Activists Fortify PDF book

So it’s especially gratifying to see young people take up the charge to save their own peers. The people who have created a non-profit organization called Fight the New Drug want to educate teens on the harmful effects of pornography. They believe that young people can change the world, and I certainly hope they can! They go into schools to teach kids and have a new book entitled Fortify. (I just bought my copy–you can get a PDF version for only $5!)

Faith Communities

A large anti-porn contingent comes from religious people. Some efforts grow out of churches and others are created by people of faith reaching out to help everyone (I fall into that category). Some churches or church leaders have developed their own websites.christ

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) created overcomingpornography.org, a website that helps church members use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to prevent and recover from pornography. Their video, Watch Your Step, powerfully portrays two very different outcomes based on one man’s decision to embrace a love for his family or pursue his lust for pornography. Additionally, the LDS church has an Addiction Recovery Program which deals with all kinds of addictions. They sponsor separate group meetings for those with sex addictions.
  • A Catholic group named The Serenellians developed pornnomore.com, which seeks to help Catholics overcome pornography addiction via “God’s limitless mercy.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.” Section 2354
  • Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist and author, launched just1clickaway.org, an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of online pornography. He argues that “[t]he greatest threat to the cause of Christ is pervasive sexuality and pornography.”

Leaders from Islamic, Hindi, Jewish sects all have written views against pornography. I thought this article Overcoming Pornography by a Krishna leader, Krsnanandini Devi Dasi, could be very helpful to almost anyone seeking to overcome sexual addiction. Kristen and John 2012And then there are bloggers out there, like me. I’m just one little voice against a tsunami of porn, but I take heart that I’m not alone. And now it’s your turn to speak out! Leave a comment and share your thoughts. I love to read them!

Kristen Jenson
Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Protect Young Minds and author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids. Kristen enjoys speaking, writing and anything else that will help empower kids to reject pornography. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen currently lives with her husband in Washington State, where she enjoys growing a vegetable garden, watching Masterpiece Theater, and taking long walks with friends who tolerate her incessant talking about you know what. Above all else, her husband and three children are her greatest treasures.
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