Around the internet this week Diana, who was formerly in the industry, wrote an editorial at Porn In The Valley about the need to cut out the heart of the porn industry. She examined recent developments in the UK regarding safety measures to keep porn away from kids. But more than that, she talked about an automatic block on on line porn which would require internet users to specifically “opt in” in order to view porn on line.
One huge reason internet users should have to “opt in” rather than simply being exposed to porn on line is because of porn’s powerful addictive qualities. Fight The New Drug has this graphic up on its site currently.
Pornography is addictive, the same way any number of drugs are. For all of the anti-drug use and anti-smoking efforts our culture has produced, it should so the same with respect to pornography.
But still, the popular thought in our age is that porn use isn’t addictive and is just a natural extension of our sex drive.
The response by Groupon was pretty predictable. The company said it was providing a coupon for the sorts of services that its clients enjoy; therefore, what’s the problem?
Porn is seen as just another consumer good, rather than as the addictive, soul-killing and harmful thing that it actually is.
We are in a profound state of denial when it comes to pornography’s effect on us as a culture.