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Efforts to decrease the use of porn have gone nowhere in recent years, and instead its use has skyrocketed due to the internet. It’s estimated that 91.5% of men and 60.2% of women consume porn. In 2019, for the first time a majority of Democrats said they found it “morally acceptable,” 53%. Only 27% of Republicans do. Progressives refer to “ethical porn” and say we merely need “porn literacy.” But porn damages the participants, the viewers, their partners and families; it’s become an epidemic that cannot be ignored. 

 

The left promotes the attitude of doing whatever you want sexually by labeling it “freedom,” but completely ignores all the damage porn does to its victims. Many of the women exploited are fooled into thinking it’s harmless. 

 

Considering traditional efforts to curtail the addictive habit have mostly failed, a new approach has emerged at Fight the New Drug (FTND). Although founded by two Mormons, it’s not religious, and it avoids shame. The focus is science, and it is “sex positive” and “freedom-preserving.” With a theme of “Porn kills love,” FTND doesn’t even attempt to ban porn. 

 

FTND co-founder Clay Olsen said we’re only now discovering the full extent of how harmful porn is, similar to how it took many years to learn how bad tobacco was.

 

FTND has made three short films on the harms of pornography. Michael Cook, the editor of MercatorNet who viewed them, said the stories by former porn stars were “almost unbearably painful to watch.” He said the third film shows how “pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking are all linked in a symbiotic relationship.” One of the former porn stars said, “I had to go to work to do the porn, so that I could buy the drugs to bury the pain of doing the porn.” 

 

A man who was addicted to porn admitted about trying to have a relationship, “I was physically attracted to her, but I was so conditioned to watch pornography and looking at a computer screen that being with a real person wasn’t enough anymore.” 

 

Brain scans have shown that pornography has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. FTND states that there are “35 neuroscience-based studies using a variety of brain imaging technologies (MRI, fMRI, EEG, etc.) that provide solid support for the reality of internet porn addiction.” A recent survey found that nearly one in five regular pornography watchers felt controlled by their own sexual desires. 

 

A bombshell story in TIME Magazine in 2016 found that “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents.” Because young brains are so malleable, the men believe their brains were affected far worse than if they had become addicted later in life.

 

Unfortunately for porn addicts, the more porn men consume, the smaller the reward center of the brain, a study from the Max Planck Institute found. It “dulls the reward system.” 

 

One woman said she was so addicted to porn by age 18 that it cost her parents $40,000 for treatment to break the habit. Another woman said just viewing it three times as a preteen was enough to get her obsessively addicted. Samuel D. James, writing for First Things, noted the cost porn has on teenage girls, “who go to extreme measures to keep up with airbrushed perfection and tolerate rougher, more degrading sexual encounters in their teens.”

 

It’s estimated that 25% of Google searches are for porn. Porn sites receive more website traffic in the U.S. than Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest and LinkedIn combined. More than a dozen states in the US declared pornography a public health crisis in 2019. According to FTND’s Jerome Alexander, Hollywood produces about 3,000 movies a year; the porn industry films around 12,000.

 

FTND points out that times have changed, “A couple of ratty old centerfold magazines found in the park are nothing compared to the hardcore, high-definition videos that minors have access to today.” Studies found that as few as one in three and as many as nine in 10 scenes show acts of physical aggression or violence, while about half contain verbal aggression. 

 

The studies also found that women are the targets 97% of the time, and 95% of the targets of violence or aggression appeared either neutral or appeared to respond with pleasure. One out of every eight porn titles shown to first-time visitors to porn sites described acts of sexual violence. A UK survey of 22,000 women found that 16% reported having been forced or coerced to perform sex acts the other person had seen in porn. Increased pornography consumption has been found to be associated with the enjoyment of degrading, uncommon or aggressive sexual behaviors.

 

The meaning of “hardcore” porn has changed from sexual intercourse to “sadomasochistic themes… involving scripts fusing sex with hatred and humiliation,” according to Dr. Norman Doidge, a neuroscientist and author of The Brain That Changes Itself.

 

Porn usage surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. One pornographic site found that the more restrictive the COVID rules, the greater the increase in porn viewership. 

 

FTND has many tools and programs to combat the abuse and help people overcome their addiction. The Utah Coalition Against Pornography runs the largest anti-porn conference in the U.S. annually, with nearly 3,000 attending. But as long as the left pushes back trying to normalize and preserve porn, it’s going to be a mammoth task to reduce this harmful addiction.

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris writing at Breakpoint said porn cannot be made tamer. “Porn is premised on the notion that human beings can be abstracted from their personhood and consumed as collections of body parts,” they stated. “Porn assumes and trains consumers to believe that people are products to be bought and sold, and then discarded with the click of a mouse or the flick of a finger.”

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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RNC: A Convention for the Ages

Night after night, hour after hour, one fabulous speaker with one fabulous message after another appeared on stage

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Long-time convention watchers on both sides of the political spectrum agree that the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee was one for the ages. The electricity in the room was off the charts. Delegates from across the 50 States sensed that they were in for something unique and special.

What Sets it a Part

Virtually all conventions have stirring speakers, but in this particular convention it seemed as if night after night, hour after hour, one fabulous speaker with one fabulous message after another appeared on stage. Whether it was the gold star parents, Donald Trump’s expert golfing granddaughter, Peter Navarro recently out of prison, Vivek Ramaswami with his incredible insight and diction, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kellyanne Conway, Dr Ben Carson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, both of Donald Trump’s elder sons, and their mates, J.D. Vance, and everyone in between, it is difficult to fathom how the convention could have proceeded any better, at least from the standpoint of television viewing, if not for all in attendance.
 
With the backdrop of Donald Trump dodging a bullet just days earlier, people were excited to know that not only would he be presenting on the final day, but that breaking with tradition, he would appear every evening, along with members of his family. We were introduced to grandchildren we’ve never seen before. Trump’s long history of friendships with those in the fight game, as well as real estate developers, recording artists, and everyday people was on display.

Invigoration Plus

The convention goers were invigorated. Each state’s delegation proudly supported Donald Trump, and J.D. Vance, and played significant roles throughout the four days, as well as some of the early activities the weekend before.
 
With the impetus that the GOP has following the convention, it’s time now to ensure that the nearly state goes Republican in a strong way. The wind is at our backs, we feel energized, we’ve got the volunteers, our mission is clear, and now it’s time to make it happen.
 
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The Elusive Nature of Integrity

Integrity is the summation of the decisions we’ve made and actually yields an easier, joyful, and more powerful life

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In the operating room of a great hospital a young nurse had her first day of full responsibility. “You’ve removed eleven sponges, Doctor,” she said to the surgeon. “We used twelve.”

“I’ve removed them all,” the doctor declared. “We’ll close the incision now.”

“No,” the nurse objected. “We used twelve.”

“I’ll take the responsibility,” the surgeon said grimly. “Suture!”

“You can’t do that!” blazed the nurse. “Think of the patient!”

The doctor smiled, lifted his foot, and showed the nurse the twelfth sponge. “You’ll do,” he said. He had been testing her for integrity – and she had it.

This story, related decades ago by noted editor and author Arthur Gordon, illustrates a key component of integrity: having the courage of your convictions – sticking to your guns, doing what you believe is right, and not fearing to speak out. Such actions are needed in the world today where looking good, showing up well, and garnering favorable press predominate. At the root of our existence is the need for the re-emergence of integrity as a common element in the collective character of humankind.

No Paragons

No one lives a life of absolute integrity. Rather, it is an ideal for which to strive. Even those who consistently display integrity can be overwhelmed by what is left over – what wasn’t acted upon and what wasn’t met with integrity.

Integrity is difficult to define. Eleven dictionaries carry eleven different definitions. We know integrity when we see it, but we have trouble explaining it. There is an illusive nature to integrity. It cannot be self-proclaimed, only observed in others. Yet most acts of integrity are performed in private and not subject to public review.

Those who have integrity in large measure have discovered something that the rest of the world must know – that integrity, which many look upon as being comprised of sacrifice, struggle and non-advantageous decision making, actually makes life easier, joyful and powerful.

After the fall youth soccer season, the head coach of  the second grade team resigned. To ensure continuity, the assistant coach was asked to take over as head coach for the spring season. He accepted the position.
Less than a month before the season started, the new  coach changed jobs. His new job was a high-pressure executive position requiring longer hours and more travel. There would be conflicts between the demands of the new job and the needs of the soccer team. But the new coach stuck to his commitment to the players and their parents.
He was rewarded for toughing it out. The soccer team, playing in a more difficult division, had a good season. But the best part of the story is what happened on the job: he earned a bonus for outstanding performance!

Historian Arnold Toynbee observed that of 21 notable civilizations, 19 perished “not from external conquest but from the evaporation of belief within.”  In his address to the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Charles H. Brower remarked that “today our country still has a choice. I believe it has always begun to make that choice. I believe it is going back to its old beliefs – such things as ideas, pride, patriotism, loyalty, devotion and even hard work.” Though those words were spoken over three decades ago, their ring of truth is now being heard.

Curiously, we discount acts of integrity practiced by others, not believing that they can have done what they’ve done simply because they thought it to be right. Paradoxically, we’re quick to condemn others who vividly display a lack of integrity, all the while overlooking or forgetting our own lapses.

Emily Carruthers was a teacher in an elementary school in Spokane. A dispute between the school administration and the teacher’s union surfaced. At a union meeting the teachers discussed striking. After the vote to strike, Carruthers got up and voiced her opinion. She knew her opinion would be unpopular and she knew that she would alienate people because of it. Nevertheless she told the teachers that she would cross the picket line as she deplores strikes.

What is Integrity?

Many things, really. Perhaps it is the pivotal concept of what it means to be human and involves fully accepting one’s humanity. Integrity has many synonyms however no single synonym is sufficient;  trustworthiness, loyalty, virtue, sincerity, candor, uprightness, honesty. Integrity is also the avoidance of deception and the avoidance of expediency. It is being complete and undivided.

During a bitter cold snap, quick action by concerned neighbors stopped flooding from a burst pipe in an unoccupied house. Early one morning, water was spotted gushing from under the back door of the house. Two neighbors, who had no key, got inside by dismantling a window frame.
They found the entire lower level of the house flooded with two feet of frigid water. The two men ignored the icy geyser spraying from the ruptured pipe and shut off the water line. Using push brooms, they swept the water out the back door. They moved furnishings upstairs to dry out. Then they reassembled the window frame.
Another challenge was notifying the homeowners of the situation. Neighbors knew only that they were visiting relatives in the Miami area. Long distance directory assistance provided a list of a half dozen people with the same Iranian surname. On the second call, the residents were located. Because of the early notification, they were able to expedite the insurance claim. Neighborly resourcefulness and persistence had averted a major household disaster.

All that We Are

Integrity is an achievement, not a gift. It is not the characteristic that determines decisions. It is the summation of the decisions we’ve made. Integrity communicates to others immediately. It is being the same person to everyone. It’s not noble; it’s not altruistic; it is a practical vehicle for living effectively, for having life work. It is maintaining values steadfastly and focusing on what you believe is right.

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