SHORT COMMUNICATION 347
Pornography's Related Effects
When the mass media sometimes mentions pornography, they do so in a very general sense. They do not give any particulars. They do not mention that the American culture is solidly and daily in the grip of widespread pornogrification and that the related behavior has devastated the American culture during the past several years with no end in sight. The media does not mention that 66% percent of Americans think that pornography is very morally wrong. The media fails to inform the American citizens of the related effects of the scourge of pornography.
What everyone needs to know to begin with is that pornography is very addictive and that the addiction begins quickly and, in far too many cases, at a very young age, and that it is not just a harmless vice. Pornography can be found in many places: all over the Internet; at magazine stands; in video stores; on regular and pay-per-view cable. Parents need to know this and be very vigilant if they have children and computers. Everyone needs to know that one-third of Americans think that pornography is not "morally wrong." That dear reader is the crux of the pornography problem.
Pornography is the root cause of many serious problems that develop and ruin the lives of so many people. The serious problems are many, because pornography is so easily available and all ages can view it. Juveniles were more likely to become sex offenders because they experience more damaging effects from pornography use. The link between child pornography and child molestation has been firmly established. At least 85 percent of convicted prison inmates confessed to downloading child pornography. The most common trait among serial killers was an affinity for pornography. The Archives of Sexual Behavior established that 80 percent of women watch pornography and it affects their lives: It leads to immoral sex, cohabitation, infidelity, and prostitution. Nearly 60 percent of broken marriages were the result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of Internet pornography. As you can see, pornography is not the harmless vice it's defenders suggest.
Aside from the damaging cultural effects, pornography is gravely immoral to become addicted to and even view occasionally as a pastime. It is spiritually debilitating also. It should not even be allowed to exist. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court it does, but what is not readily known is the fact that hard-core pornography is not covered by the Court's decision concerning free speech that is guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. It's a mystery as to why lawyers have not acted on the pornography issue. They need to hop to it---PDQ.