Porn Addiction, Documented

Today you can see my interview with Sean Finnegan, director of the award-winning documentary Out Of the Darkness.  

The film wasn’t what I expected:  they didn’t try to make it interesting by showing censored or fleeting images of porn; and it wasn’t a tirade or a doom-and-gloom litany of devastating statistics.  Instead, it shows the human side of pornography, with interviews with a former porn star and a former porn addict, among others.  Good stuff, keeps your attention.  I would especially recommend it for youth groups and men’s groups, or for anyone who thinks porn is kind of no big deal.

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  • SteveG

    Something is wrong with the link provided. I searched the NCR site and found this one instead…

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pornography-addiction-documented/

  • Sandy

    I was able to read the original link, but when I refreshed to see if there were any comments, it came up with the article Steve links. Maybe it’s tomorrow’s article and it doesn’t really exist yet?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

    Hmmmm. . . very odd. Thanks for letting me know, but I’m not sure what to do — the link is correct, so it must be a Register glitch, maybe because it was the top story but is now moved down?

    @Sandy – that does happen sometimes — a saved article, meant to be published the next day, somehow leaks into certain RSS feeds prematurely, but doesn’t exist on the site itself. It’s all beyond me.

  • http://www.winecat.typepad.com Cathy Carey

    Simcha, I love your writing although I rarely agree with you but today you are spot on. Porn is bad, period, end of sentence.

    • The Jerk

      That’s OK Cathy, Simcha hardly ever agrees with you, either.

  • http://www.indiatoappleton.blogspot.com Nancy

    Thanks for writing about this film. The theme of truly seeing people who are involved in the sex industry is very dear to me — I volunteer with a ministry that reaches out to women who work as exotic dancers. An overwhelming majority of these women are survivors of sexual abuse, making them particularly vulnerable to this line of work.

    Another film you might be interested in seeing is Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a new documentary about sex trafficking. It provides an overview of this complex issue, and a few survivors share how Christ is healing them of the incredible wounds they’ve incurred.

  • Mary

    I think it is worth looking at the history of porn. I was recently looking at a historical site of Cripple Creek, CO, and was struck by how the prostitutes of the day were so modestly dressed. They had a few “pornographic” photos from the 1800′s on there, and it was striking how lovely and artistic they were. Today, the porn I have come across seems utterly base and intent on portraying women as animal-like slaves. It also seems mean, dark and graphic to a point of being sickening. Am I missing something? Was there always such an appetite for the raunch, or are we really into a scary new reality? It worries me greatly that ultra graphic porn is so ubiquitous, and it makes me think the sexual appetites of men and boys are truly warped if millions upon millions of them pay for and consume so much of the hardest stuff.

    • http://janalymarie.blogspot.com Beadgirl

      One theory I heard is that if you divorce sex from love, or indeed any form of affection for or connection with another person, you quickly become “acclimated” to what you are doing, and need greater and greater extremes to get to the same level of excitement/arousal/satisfaction.

      Did that make sense? I’m not sure I explained it as well as I read it.


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