Porn and a Sword Exposed

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True Story: A man heard sounds of rape (not pleasure, but RAPE) coming from the apartment above him. To save the woman, he grabbed his sword, a gift from his military father, and barged into the apartment upstairs. He later found out that that a live rape was not happening, "only" pornography being played too loud. The man was sent to jail for trespassing and had to pay a bond of $5000. The news story.

Although I can understand some of the humor in this man's mistake, I am more struck by the truth that most people have ignored in the situation.

In our twisted world, this is what one gets for trying to defend the honor of women - jail. Although the rescuer has been endlessly mocked for his actions, I wonder if the woman in the porn video needs some rescuing herself. Do you really think it is all fun and games for the women who endure hours of literal pain? Isthe real crime not in attempting a rescue but instead in what is happening to the woman on the screen?

Former porn star, Shelley Luebben, talks clearly on her website about the effects of porn on the women involved - it's frightening what they willingly (and often unwillingly) suffer through for our kicks. Among other things, consider that most porn stars...

  • must be drunk or high to get through filming
  • sometimes do not get paid once shooting is finished
  • are not always "protected"
  • have sexually transmitted diseases
  • vomit frequently to keep down weight and out of disgust from previous scenes
  • have experienced one or more off-screen rapes
  • are on medications for depression (this is extremely common)
  • have histories of sexual abuse as children or dysfunctional families
  • consider, if not attempt and succeed at, suicide (there are staggering statistics on the suicide rate among porn stars)

When love for and honor of women, attributes of true heroes, are mocked and abuse toward women is celebrated lavishly, can we finally admit that an enormous problem exists? Americans often criticize some Middle-Eastern and third-world cultures for abuse toward women but then turn a blind eye to what we promote in our own country. Most women in the industry willingly choose to be a porn star like they choose to be a prostitute, but instead of outlawing this sale of sex, most Americans praise it.

The rescuing man with the sword could have kept his sword behind closed doors and we can keep the truth about porn behind closed doors as well - the billionaire pornographers would be very grateful for our silence. But, I beg of you, as I challenge myself as well, to break through the fantasy and expose the reality of porn. Talk to your teens about what happens "behind the scenes", email this blog or Shelley's website to friends who struggle with porn or who just do not get it. Pray passionately for transformation of viewer's hearts, conversion of any culture that demands for the abuse of women with billions of dollars and freedom for the women we call porn stars. This abuse will not end until we pick up our swords, willing to face ridicule and suffering, to show that women deserve better.

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