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Background of the Study About Pornography Essay

The pornography industry’s profit has been estimated by some analysts at over $14 billion dollars in the U.S. and is growing at an alarming rate. More than 4 million Web sites worldwide show images of children being sexually exploited, according to the U.N. investigator’s report on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. (Najat M’jid Maalla, Sept. 16, 2009, U.N. investigator on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography) Among adults, 66 percent of men between the ages of 18-34 use online porn at least once a month. Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography. The pornography industry purposefully targets children today; due to the severely addictive nature of pornography, if kids get hooked on porn, they will be customers for life.

Counselors have called addiction to pornography the “crack cocaine” of sex addiction because the use of the Internet to view pornography causes a rapid development of the addiction, one that is more difficult to overcome than cocaine or heroin addiction. According to Sex on TV 4, a Kaiser Family Foundation study (November, 2005), among the top 20 most popular shows among teens, 70% include sexual content and almost half (45%) include sexual behavior. An estimated 204.3 million people, or 74.9 percent of the U.S. population above the age of two and living in households equipped with a fixed-line phone, have Internet access (Nielson Media Research). 57% of U.S.

Internet users incorrectly believe that when a website has a privacy policy, it protects their personal information from being shared with other sites or companies (Annenberg Center). Although no connection between legal porn viewing and criminal behavior has ever been proven, police have seen a steady increase in porn associated with crimes (Lt. Matt Bilodeau, spokesman for the Cache County Sheriff’s Department, Associated Press, 10/17/04). The Church is not exempt from the influence of pornography. Research has found that men and women in the pew, as well as pastors and priests, are struggling with this issue. One study found that 47 percent of Christian homes report pornography is a problem in their home. In one heart-breaking survey taken in August 2006:

50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women reported being addicted to pornography. 60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant struggles with lust. 40% percent admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year. 20% percent of the church-going female participants struggle with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis.

IN THE NEWS: New Rules Are “Devastating” Says Strip Club Industry The strip club industry is back in court arguing that a new law the Missouri Catholic Conference [MCC] helped to pass earlier this year is ruining their business. The industry wants the law set aside until Missouri courts decide its constitutionality. An attorney for the industry, J. Michael Murry, said the law has resulted in wide-scale job losses and the closure of some of the businesses altogether. He argued “And unless we get relief soon, we fear the entire industry will be destroyed.”

Sounds like good news to the MCC. We heard the same arguments from some legislators last session. Our response was, and is, that some kinds of business are just not welcomed by Missourians. The new law prohibits nude dancing and requires the clubs to close from midnight to 6 a.m. Alcohol cannot be served and there are restrictions on where the clubs can be located. Reference: http://archstl.org/page/pornography-facts-background


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