White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

As a part of White Ribbon Against Pornography Week, TLR invites you to join us and hear David Franks, PhD discuss

“Libertarianism vs. Human Freedom: The Case of Pornography.”

Tuesday February 16th, 2010
7:30-8:30 PM

Harvard Hall 104

Is there really a “right to watch porn“?  What particular view of human nature and rights, of human dignity and freedom, of sexuality and government is epitomized in such a bourgeois formulation?  Concretely, whose interests are served by such a putative right?   Critical consciousness is necessary to see that-right, left, or center-the hegemonic ideology operative in our culture is libertarianism.  And under this aegis, our deepest desires are shaped through depersonalizing consumerist practices, including porn.  What we need is a liberated, realist understanding of the body and of the body politic: beyond ideology into true human love.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, Harvard Knights of Columbus, and True Love Revolution

Take a stand against pornography this week and sport a white ribbon! Get your ribbon outside the science center.

What’s wrong with pornography?

Pornography today is not your parents’ porn.  Massive internet usage of high quality digital porn has transformed the landscape of our personal lives.  Hardcore pornography with extreme sexual acts and violent images has become mainstream, and men of every background and age are addicted.

Repeatedly viewing and masturbating to pornography changes how a man thinks about women and distorts his relationships. As new neural pathways are formed, a man is trained to associate sexual pleasure with the sex acts in pornography and to view women as objects of sexual gratification.  His ability to love real women and give himself to her erodes.  Women in relationships with men who use porn think their bodies will never be good enough, and any chance for emotional connection during sex is destroyed. Relationships, engagements, and marriages are ruined, and the pornography industry grows. Porn is an epidemic eating away at the heart of our society, and it must be curtailed.

What can I do?

  • Get help if you view porn. There are many websites, such as www.no-porn.com, that will help you break free.
  • Cut porn out of your life. Porn degrades women’s dignity, so make no exceptions.
  • Don’t put up with porn in conversation. Porn is awful, and you should feel free to say so.  In any social situation, in any relationship, speak up when people try to justify porn.  Women in particular should question any partner who views porn and defends it: don’t except any excuses.
  • Spread the word. Educate yourself, give people educational material, and get involved with anti-porn events and lectures.

2 thoughts on “White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

  1. What a great post!

    I am so grateful to see our society awakening to the horrible danger of the pornography addiction.

    Now in recovery, I have met so many people who’s lives, as well as lives of their loved once have been ruined by this addiction.

    It is so sad, and most of society is in complete denial.

  2. Rachel, this lecture wasn’t recorded was it?

    It’s tough. I generally don’t believe in government (esp. Federal) regulating our behavior, but I also believe in keeping pure and that porn is harming our society. If there was a people dedicated to healthy relationships the demand for porn would dry up. Do I think that’s likely? No. But those with a mind to live on a higher level of existence will always recognize the deception that pornography is and strive to keep it out of their lives. That said…if those people are attempting to do that and find that it’s continually being thrust into the public arena, they have a responsibility to address it somehow. Talking with store owners, billboard companies, TV stations, etc about taking your money elsewhere is a powerful statement. And if you join together with others that believe like you you can cause change without laws. Someone once said something profound, we vote with our clicks.

    Some say it’s not addictive…you’re right on with your statements under “What’s wrong with pornography?” This guy also said it quite well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8F9acHsyJk

    Thanks for keepin’ Harvard clean! You’re an inspiration.

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