External Articles | Posted: November 6, 2010
Pornography is lust, not love
By Russ Rooney
The Catholic Servant, Vol. XVI, No. VIII, September 2010
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Pornography is fictional lust, not love. Sadly, many men and women become addicted to this degrading and destructive form of fantasy entertainment. Pornographic material doesn't represent reality. Electrons bouncing off of a screen or blots of paint put together to make a picture are no more real than Horton the Elephant talking with other animals. You might not think that so many people would buy into the ruse, but they do.
Thankfully we have Dr. Judith Reisman helping expose the detrimental effects of pornography. Dr. Reisman is the president of The Institute for Media Education. She has written extensively on the topic of pornography and the sexual revolution.
Dr. Reisman has done extensive research exposing the sadistic research of the sex researcher and father of the sexual revolution, Alfred Kinsey. Catholic Law professor Charles Rice says "Dr. Reisman's study supports the conclusion that Alfred Kinsey's research was contrived, ideologically driven and misleading. Any judge, legislator or other public official who gives credence to that research is guilty of malpractice and dereliction of duty." Kinsey, who allowed pedophilia in his experiments, is thought of highly by pornographers and has been given a free ride by the media.
Fortunately, Dr. Reisman's research exposed Kinsey, and she does not believe in free rides for pornographers. Here are her remarks from a Catholic Servant interview:
"The Catholic Servant": You have given much of your life to fighting the toxic and sometimes lethal effects of pornography. What gives you the drive to keep fighting a battle that we seem to be temporarily losing?
Dr. Reisman: Wasn't it Mother Teresa who said, we are not called upon to be successful, we are called upon to be faithful?
"The Catholic Servant": Yes, it was Mother Teresa who is now recognized as Blessed Theresa.
Dr. Reisman: It is a privilege to uncover truths and to expose fraud and evil that would remain unchallenged if I were not there. It is a privilege.
"The Catholic Servant": Does your faith play an important role in motivating you to expose fraud and evil?
Dr. Reisman: Well, yes. My upbringing as an atheist strongly shaped my awareness that the single source of the civil society was our origin as a Judeo-Christian faith. In studying the question, "Can we be good without God," I found that for a short time, clinging to the coat tails of past religious generations, yes. However, soon the arrogance and conceit inherent in the view of self as god, metastasizes into inexhaustible personal and cultural corruption. So, no, without God we cannot be good, we cannot be civil, we cannot be moral, we cannot be honorable for long. Indeed, we begin to devour our own.
"The Catholic Servant": What lessons can we learn from other times in history when sexual immorality and moral relativism were prevalent?
Dr. Reisman: We should take from the long and sexually volatile history of humanity the fact that holding fast to a moral compass, in fact a Judeo-Christian moral compass has been the most civilizing corrective, palliative, that humans have yet experienced.
"The Catholic Servant": How severe is the problem of pornography in the United States?
Dr. Reisman: Unfortunately, due to our economic prosperity and the advent of both cheap print and now the internet, the problem is without comparison in human history, wholly without comparison.
"The Catholic Servant": What measures can we take to reduce this problem?
Dr. Reisman: I see no aid without a powerful legal challenge to any and all sexually explicit images, redefining such images legally as non-speech, as subversive of the cognitive, rational mission of speech, and therefore as in violation of the first amendment, of free speech.
"The Catholic Servant": It has been said that porn is more addicting than cocaine. What are your thoughts on this comment?
Dr. Reisman: I have known cocaine addicts who were more easily released from their addiction than pornography addicts. Once you detoxify a cocaine addict there is an opportunity for the organism to cleanse itself and repair. Images remain forever in the brain, mind, memory and body. There is a great deal of work finally being done however to pacify this addiction and there is of course hope. Many if not most male sex addiction leaders and counselors were themselves sex/pornography addicts. Their recovery involves helping others to break free. All of these men however have first returned to a deep belief in God, so that appears to commonly be critical to containing the addiction.
"The Catholic Servant": What do you say to people who say that their consumption of pornography doesn't hurt anyone?
Dr. Reisman: This is the defense of the brainwashed. Despite the evidence in their own lives and the lives of those around them they will maintain their addictions and obsessions.
"The Catholic Servant": What advice do you have for parents with children wanting technology devices with internet access?
Dr. Reisman: All of the normal answers are out there on the web; computers should be in the family center; time should be very limited; know everything the child sees; have strong filters for bad content (not "adult" content, that is certainly a misnomer); stay on top of your child's internet activities; and get the child involved in other non technological activities.
Russ Rooney is a freelance writer from Rogers Minnesota.