I’ve stumbled upon an excellent article on a Jewish site which talks about porn in an interesting way. The title of the article is “What’s Wrong with Pornography?” by Tzvi Freeman. I’ll like to repost it here.
Is pornography bad? If so could you please explain why it’s bad and how it affects a person’s life?
Good question. Too often we just assume something is bad because everyone says it’s bad, without thinking into the reasons.
Everyone knows that child pornography is bad because it’s been demonstrated over and over that people who look at that stuff end up acting it out—and really destroy people’s lives. That’s beyond the unconscionably cruel exploitation of the children involved.
Other forms of pornography are harmful for a similarly oft-repeated reason: Pornography makes women into objects of desire rather than real people. We want to have relationships between person and person, not person-to-object.
But there’s something much deeper than that in pornography, something that gets at the very core of being a man. A real man is someone who maintains control over himself. Animals can’t do that—they just respond to their instincts. People are free in the sense that they can decide what is the right and proper thing to do.
But when someone is looking at pornography, he is actively undermining that inner strength of his, allowing himself to slip into being an animal. The eyes see, the hormones are triggered and the mind is washed away in a sea of biological tyranny. A grown human being becomes a slave of one tiny organ of his body. In his relationship with women, as well, he becomes enslaved in his passion for them—and a cinch for them to manipulate.
If you want to rise in life and become a whole and healthy human being, you need to maintain control of your mind. It’s your mind, after all. And the first step in controlling your mind is to control your eyes. Keep them from staring at that which doesn’t belong to you.