Hard-Core Porn: The Cancer of Marriage

Written by Mike McManus

Hard-core pornography is a contributing factor in more than half of all divorces.  It is also addicting our youth, distorting their values, and rendering many young men sexually dysfunctional.

Believe it or not, “Current federal obscenity laws not only prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, but also on hotel/motel TV, on cable/satellite TV and in retail shops.” according to Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media.

“Yet most children in America have free access to obscene pornography as soon as they learn how to use a computer. The average age of first exposure to obscene internet pornography is 11,” he says.

Trueman knows what he is talking about.  He once led the Justice Department’s prosecution of obscenity, when more than 100 major cases were filed and won in the courts. However, that prosecution virtually ended in the Clinton Administration.  It was not revived during the Bush II years, and there has not been one case filed by the Obama Justice Department, and Justice’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force was quietly shut down by Attorney General Eric Holder. There was very little prosecution under George W. Bush‘s 8 years in office, either.  Both parties are clearly to blame.

Why have our leaders ignored this problem despite proof of its growing harm? Indeed, according to Dr. Jill Manning of the American Society of Divorce Counselors, 56% of divorces cite Internet pornography as a major factor in the breakup of their marriage. Even matrimonial lawyers agree.

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute of the Family Research Council (FRC), wrote a report explaining that “Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives.  Wives notice and are upset by the difference. Pornography use is a pathway to infidelity and divorce.”

“Among couples affected by one spouse’s addiction, two-thirds experience a loss of interest in sexual intercourse. Both spouses perceive pornography viewing as tantamount to infidelity.”

The recently adopted Republican platform puts this serious problem back on the nation’s agenda.  The platform states:  “Current laws on all forms of pornography an obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”  (Past Republican platforms had only opposed child pornography.)  When President Obama’s convention opens this week his platform should take an equally strong stance on behalf of our nation’s families.

America is suffering “an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography, which touches nearly every family in America,” asserts Trueman. “Research shows children and adults are developing life-long addictions to pornography; there is a very substantial increase in demand for child pornography because many adult-porn users are finding they are no longer excited by adult images.

“On average four of five 16-year-olds now regularly access pornography on line.  Girls consuming pornography are several times more likely to engage in group sex than those who do not.  And significant, growing numbers of men in their twenties are developing `porn-induced sexual dysfunction,’ said Trueman.

What priorities would he suggest for the Justice Department?

1.  Prosecute the handful of companies, such as Vivid Video, which produce most of the material on the Internet.

2.  Target the one company, Lodgenet, which makes millions in distributing hard core porn to motels and hotels.

3.  Go after Verizon, Comcast and other cable and satellite providers of obscenity.

Will Congress ever pass legislation that would have such a sweeping impact?

Trueman’s Morality in Media launched a “War On Illegal Pornography” in 2010 that involved 127 national, state and local groups (including Marriage Savers that I lead).  He helped Sen. Orrin Hatch draft a letter seeking federal enforcement of obscenity law by Obama’s Justice Department and secured the signatures of 42 Senators, including California’s Dianne Feinstein and Amy Klobuchar who are Democrats.

With the marriage rate in America below 50% for the first time in history and the divorce rate still high, it’s time for action from our nation’s highest leaders.  The negative impact of hard-core pornography has only added to these difficult problems.  It’s a non-partisan issue and it needs bipartisan support.   It is time for both Democratic and Republican political leaders to set aside their differences and to fight for the enforcement of existing laws against obscenity – to reduce this cancer on marriage in America.

Copyright © 2012 Michael J. McManus, President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist.

 

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  1. Steven M. Corbin II says:

    I didn’t see any references for the statistics given in the article. Which studies are these claims based on?

  2. Phyllis Poole says:

    Looking at porn is adultery. Remember what it says in the bible “looking lustfully at a woman is the same as “sleeping” with her.

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