Pornography: Definition and Statistics

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Pornography is certainly not new to the computer age!  If you are a student of history, you know that there is a huge body of pornographic works that goes back down through the centuries.  In a very cursory study, I found what many believe to be the oldest known carvings of pornographic activity in the Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs in China. They are believed to date back to the second century b.c. You’ll forgive me for not wanting to become an expert in this topic.  I simply want to point out that, as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. 

Pornography comes fromthe Greek porne,meaning harlot or prostitute; and the word graphos which is a writing or depiction. Today, we think of pornography as printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.

Another Greek word that comes into play here is eros,which refers to  what we think of as romantic love that results in the deeply felt love for another person, including physically expressed love.  This love, in my opinion, has very little to do with pornography, which is not intended as a relationship but rather as a temporary stimulation.

In my experience as a therapist, I’ve come to the conclusion that porn has absolutely nothing to do with love for anyone but self. It is a strongly private activity, bringing nothing into a relationship, requiring nothing of the observer. The one who reads or watches porn is completely free of any kind of commitment.  It’s not a real relationship. It does, however, strongly affect the marital relationship.

I’ve found several sites that offer statistics concerning how many people around the world engage in pornographic activity.  Rather than repeat these sad statistics here, I’m going to refer you to this site:

It’s a very interesting article, and one I recommend you to read.

I  SO dislike digging into this subject! I do it only because I believe we must arm ourselves not with porn, knowing what it looks like or viewing it; but with the knowledge that it is out there; that our kids are being exposed to it and it is our responsibility to protect them.

There will be a post dealing with just that–protecting our kids. Until then, the best suggestion I can make to you is never to let them have a computer, tablet, iPod or even a TV in their rooms. Make them leave all their electronics out in plain sight somewhere else in the house when they go to bed at night. And if you think you hear someone creeping around in the middle of the night, get up and investigate. Do it.  It’s your job.

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