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Porn’s Effect on Our Children

UPDATE: The previous YouTube video I embedded no longer is available. I’ve included another one which demonstrates my point just as well.

When I signed into my MSN Messenger this morning, I saw a link to an article about the effects that the mainstreaming of pornography has had on American culture. Here’s a snippet:

All it takes is one look at MySpace photos of teens to see examples—if they aren’t imitating porn they’ve actually seen, they’re imitating the porn-inspired images and poses they’ve absorbed elsewhere. Latex, corsets and stripper heels, once the fashion of porn stars, have made their way into middle and high school.

You can read the whole article here.

American culture only continues its slow descent into the miry quicksand of immorality. The fact that even our children have become sexualized shows how far removed the hand of God is from our nation. 

Little girls have lost their innocence; it has been stolen by the god-hating media we surround ourselves with. And the influence of that media is pervasive. Television shows like Bratz, which I’ve posted a video of below, are marketed towards little girls and aired during the hours they watch. Hannah Montana, who gyrates and dresses like she does for Jesus, is the idol of millions of young girls. Thousands pay hundreds of dollars to scream and dance at concerts. Subtly, our little girls are urged to adopt the mentality that they are nothing more than the pleasure objects of men.

It is our job as husbands and fathers to guard the purity of our wives and daughters, no matter what the cost.

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4 Responses

  1. It is our job as husbands and fathers to guard the purity of our wives and daughters, no matter what the cost.
    Why not instead teach your daughters to value themselves as people with the ability to make good choices? If you raise strong, independent women, then they will have the ability guard their own purity. It can and has been done. In fact I’m a parent of three girls, who are being raised to think of themselves as intelligent, witty, talented, and useful as well as pretty. There is nothing wrong with being attractive.

    Anyone who things the media has more influence over their kids than they do, isn’t exerting their influence as a parent strongly enough. It’s our job to raise our kids not the media and parents who allow the media to be the sole source of their child’s development are not doing their job. Parent don’t need censorship to help raise their kids; they just need to be parents.

  2. Lady Whitehart,

    I wanted to comment a little bit on what you’ve addressed.

    “Why not instead teach your daughters to value themselves as people with the ability to make good choices?”

    Why would parents guarding the purity of daughters exclude this? Can’t parents (especially fathers) protect their girls while teaching them to make proper decisions and the value of their own bodies?

    “There is nothing wrong with being attractive.”

    I never said their was. A woman being attractive in and of itself is no sin, but using that attribute to cause a man to lust after her is. There is a big difference.

    “It’s our job to raise our kids not the media and parents who allow the media to be the sole source of their child’s development are not doing their job.”

    I think we agree on that one!

    “Parent don’t need censorship to help raise their kids; they just need to be parents.”

    Actually, parents do need to censor what comes into their home. Let me ask you, do you leave Hustler magazines on your coffee table for your kids to read? I’m sure you don’t. You wouldn’t keep them around and try to mitigate their influence on your children. That would be insane. Every parent exercises discernment in determining what comes into the home and what stays at the door; it’s just a matter of degree. Sometimes being a parent means censorship.

  3. […] end of Bratz? Posted on December 4, 2008 by Rich I’ve written previously about how Bratz is symptomatic of the broader pornification of America’s children. Now, it […]

  4. Sorry, I wasn’t getting the emails.

    Why would parents guarding the purity of daughters exclude this? Can’t parents (especially fathers) protect their girls while teaching them to make proper decisions and the value of their own bodies?
    The only reason I can think that parents would exclude this is they would think their child incapable of controlling her own behavior.

    Actually, parents do need to censor what comes into their home.
    Parents making judgment calls is one thing; relying on others to be the first line of defense is another. The most provocative publication I have in the house is an out dated copy of Family Circle magazine.

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