The Church Must Church Stop the Pornograhy Epidemic in America

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Pornograhy consumption has increased markedly over the last few decades, primarily due to advent and popularity of regular, affordable, and high speed internet connections (Eberstadt & Layden 13; "The History of Modern Pornography."). While pornography has been around for thousands of years, never has porn been as used or abused (8). This increase in usage is causing more problems than it is solving. Healthy perceptions of sexuality are being skewed as people are now relying on porn’s vivid and explicit images to provide sexual education, causing true intimacy to be lost amidst a desensitized sexual libido (Struthers 1; “What’s Wrong With Pornography?” 1; Dubinsky 1; Zillmann 27). Pornography as defined by the United Methodist Church promotes “violence, abuse, coercion, domination, humiliation, or degradation for the purpose of arousal”, all being obvious negatives (1). Porn is shown to be linked to higher divorce rates, sexual violence, sex trafficking, brain chemistry changes, relational problems, and is now a serious issue within the church culture, and is also causing major issues as a society. These high reaching problems call for the high impacting changes that new regulations can bring. Strong regulation will provide a stopgap to stop the national epidemic in it’s tracks. Over the last few decades pornography has been an activity that has taken serious effort and discretion to engage in. Often magazines or other media were concealed in black bags to protect the privacy and comfort of the consumer, then they would travel back to their home with the private and insidious material in cargo. With the onset of the internet, this privately insidious activity is more readily accessible. Most consumers have no idea that this s... ... middle of paper ... ...d=2147484807>. The Bible has many reasons to fight against sexual immorality and pornography. This attends to the Christian moral teaching on sexuality and it's application in real life situations. "What's Wrong with Pornography?" What's Wrong with Pornography? United Methodist Church, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2013. . Deeply rooted in the Wesleyan tradition the United Methodist Church takes a traditional conservative theological viewpoint on the viewing of pornography. This content explains the official view of the United Methodist Church on pornography. Zillmann, Dolf. Effects of Prolonged Consumption of Pornography. N.p.: Indiana University, 22 June 1986. PDF. In this report from Indiana University it surveys the effects of neurochemistry and physiology after prolonged pornography consumption.

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