Time Magazine cover story comes out against porn… but for the wrong reason

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In its recent edition, Time magazine made a surprising statement for a far-left magazine that generally promotes the sexual liberation of the sexual revolution.  It claimed that pornography might be detrimental to our society.

And what was Times’ reasoning?

Because pornography objectifies and degrades women?

Because it perpetuates the horrific $32 billion a year sex trafficking industry which enslaves millions of women and children each year?

Because it destroys marriages and families?

Nope.  None of these.  Time is upset because… wait for it… pornography has been shown to threaten virility.

My husband, David French, explains:

Just when I thought progressive morality could no longer astonish, along comes Time magazine to prove me wrong. Last week it ran a lengthy cover story about the unprecedented saturation of pornography in American culture, using all the statistics that the most concerned preachers would cite to bemoan . . . “the threat to virility.”

That’s right: The biggest problem with porn is that it ruins America’s chance at great sex. It turns out that some men report having trouble performing in the bedroom after living porn-saturated lives as teenagers, and some women report feeling pressure to act like porn stars during their most intimate moments. In other words, some men’s minds are so damaged that they have to experience either porn or a porn-like encounter to be sexually satisfied.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It’s oddly funny that porn is now under fire in some quarters only because the sexual revolution is eating its own. When sexual liberation in one area leads to less sexual pleasure in another, no one on the left knows quite what to do. After all, the new anti-porn activists “are all at pains to make it clear that they are not anti-sex.” Well, that’s a relief.

David and I have seen porn addiction rip apart marriages and families within our own communities.  The damage that pornography does to the viewer, the subject and the moral fabric of our society cannot be overstated.

David puts it well:

Porn makes men pathetic. Its true toll isn’t the loss of “virility,” but the corrosion of values that sustain family life. A generation of young men are now experiencing the high cost of low character.

I agree with that Time that pornography is detrimental to our society, but they took a strange path to get to that conclusion.  You can read the rest of David’s thoughts on the real effects of pornography here.

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