The Dangers Of Pornography

The dangers of pornography lie in its destructive power to change the behaviors of men, women and children toward unnatural affection and perverted behavior, including self-abuse, child abuse, and violence.

Pornographers, the purveyors of porn, are more successful than ever at profiting from their victims. The internet has removed all the inefficiencies of porn distribution. These unprincipled suppliers use devious means and tricks to promote their wares. They unabashedly target children and youth.

Years ago I had a friend who told me that in the country where he was from, an unscrupulous person was referred to as a house fly. Everything a house fly touches is contaminated in some way because it always leaves something disgusting behind, like germs and pathogens.

Pornography is like a house fly. Everyone it touches is left contaminated: the models, the makers, the distributors, and the viewers. Each of these then contaminate innocent people through their conduct and attitudes. Truly pornography is despicable merchandise.

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Dangers to the viewer

One of the primary dangers of pornography is the viewer’s tendency toward addiction and the eventual loss of control over his or her life.

Piggybacked on potential addiction are a host of other problems. But even someone who doesn’t think he’s addicted will suffer many of the same problems and be at risk for the same dangers.

Porn, and its shadow companion masturbation, causes the release of endogenous drugs that provide a natural “high” to the viewer. Usually, over time, more and harder pornographic material is needed in order to achieve the sexual climax that releases those natural drugs.

As the viewer sees and experiences more porn, he becomes desensitized. The images and the fantasies become more real in his brain, and the desire to act out the scenes that are being played in his mind begin to take shape. Thoughts always precede acts, and thoughts affect our actions.

At this point, the potential dangers of pornography really begin to materialize: loss of precious relationships and illegal activities that harm innocent people, like child-abuse and violence.

Loss of precious relationships

The things in life that are most precious involve our relationships with those we love. Viewing porn puts a wedge between even the strongest relationship. Eventually that wedge can split it apart.

In marriage, the natural affection is for a man and women to come together in unselfish love. Sexual intimacy is a covenantal union that binds a couple together. Selfless union serves to build trust and helps to bring out the best in each other.

Healthy relationships require trust and a total commitment to each other. Porn and masturbation are selfish in nature and tend to undo trust. Porn becomes another commitment in the life of the viewer. He puts the latest “porn queen” before his wife. The effect, of course, can ultimately be divorce and all the ugliness and sadness that comes with it.

Outside of marriage, porn can lead people away from entering into serious relationships. Porn distorts healthy sexuality, which is absolutely essential for a healthy marriage.

And, of course, children become innocent victims. As porn destroys a marriage, the children are affected. The porn addict can lose his or her children and even lead them toward engaging in porn and other unnatural behaviors.

Illegal consequences

Perhaps the most insidious dangers of pornography are those that involve child abuse and violence.

One of my saddest responsibilities is my work with good men who crossed the line into conduct that harmed innocent children. State and federal laws prohibit child abuse. Sexual abuse of a child carries stiff penalties, usually many years of incarceration in a state penitentiary.

Pornography’s tendency is for an addict to gradually lose his natural compunction to avoid unseemly things until he acts out in ways that cause him to exclaim, “How could I have ever done that?!”

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Of all the dangers of pornography, violence is the most appalling. The typical porn customer never thinks that he could seriously harm anyone. And yet it happens. The news regularly reports violence against innocent people.

Ted Bundy, the famous serial killer who killed as many as 26-35+ girls and women, got his start in pornography. In an interview with psychologist James Dobson the day before he was executed in 1989, he admitted that pornography “contributed and helped mold and shape the kinds of violent behavior” he engaged in.

Another example is the story of Graham Coutts, who murdered Jane Longhurst. His involvement with pornography led up to her murder. The day before, he had downloaded images of extremely violent pornography which, according to the prosecution, caused his sexual behavior and murderous intent.

Unfortunately, these are only two examples of many. Though most viewers will not commit such horrendous crimes, the risk exists. The alcoholic never thought his first drink would lead to an addiction. The drug addict never thought his abuse would carry him into chemical dependence. But the risk is always there.

Dangers to society

The dangers of pornography include the risks that society faces when its citizenry chooses to view pornography. These risks include:

  • The risks of personal loss:
    • Loss of spiritual and emotional strength
    • Loss of dignity and self-respect
    • The development of misogyny (the hatred or contempt of women or girls)
    • Injury of loved ones
    • Loss of employment

  • The risks in damaging the family:
    • Spouses becoming estranged
    • Divorce
    • Children hurt through parents’ choices
    • Children being innocently exposed to pornography

  • The risks of economic loss
    • Cost of buying pornography
    • Cost of missed work in the workplace (viewing during work)
    • Cost of lost work
    • Cost of sexual crimes on the part of the judicial and prison systems
This summary of the risks or dangers of pornography only begins to define the potential hazards to individuals, families and society.

Common sense, combined with hard evidence, suggests that pornography should be desperately avoided. Society should urgently work to teach the dangers of pornography and help families safeguard their homes.


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As we’ve seen, the repeated viewing of pornography becomes an addiction. Engaging in other sexual behaviors intensifies it. More information about sexual addiction.

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