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Why Porn Is Bad: I Don’t Like Women

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I grew up in the church all my life. With my dad being a pastor, I grew up knowing the evils of the lust of the eyes and the treachery of adultery. After high school, I worked with several mission organizations before attending Moody Bible Institute.

All that is to say, I was mildly shocked to read some of the comments on many of my recent posts.

There are people who DON’T think porn is bad?

I mean, I knew millions of people struggled with it but didn’t realize there were people who genuinely didn’t see anything wrong with it. I got comments telling me to mind my business, it’s not hurting anyone, and it’s just a natural part of life. One friend even told me that “there is no universe in which I don’t watch porn every day.”

As a good Christian boy, the argument is much easier to build. Simply pull from the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus declares, “If you even look at a woman lustfully, you have already committed adultery with her in your heart.” I wholeheartedly agree with Jesus. Because He’s Jesus. But some people see it differently.

There are plenty of great resources out there to describe the abuse women in pornography receive, its connections to sex trafficking and the years of recovery after escaping the industry. But with this post, I want to briefly share three ‘unscientific’ negative effects it has had on me as a viewer.

Porn distances me from my friends and family.

Porn is far more exciting than our normal, quiet, everyday lives. These hyper-beautiful, hyper-sexualized people are walking around and hooking up every couple minutes, and that simply does not happen in real life.

As a result, there have been many times I have felt far away and removed from those around me. Like I talked about before, porn curbed my emotions and made me apathetic to those dearest to me. I didn’t want this to happen, but it was the natural outcome of filling my mind with all these exaggerated scenes that were so much more exciting than real people in real life.

I would be in the same room as my friends, but my thoughts would be elsewhere.

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Ethan is a speaker, writer, and photographer currently living in Los Angeles. He has lived on 6 continents, gone to 6 schools, had 28 jobs, and done 4 one-armed pull-ups. He recently graduated from Moody Bible Institute. Follow him at ethanrenoe.com.