Many of us are shocked and appalled at the issue of human sex trafficking that is going on in our world today. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the enormity of the problem and wonder if there is anything the average person can do.
But an inconsistency I’ve noticed in our culture is how we brush off people who are willing contributors to the porn industry, yet are horrified at the thought of trafficking. But what if the two go hand-in-hand more than we’ve realized?
What if we as individuals – as a culture – contribute to this more than we realize?
I want to share with you today about the inseparable link between the porn industry and human trafficking.
If we are to see a difference we must go beyond empathy and move into action.
I believe we can make a change by first analyzing our perspective of people.
This tweet by Lisa Bevere, perfectly illustrates the unhealthy state of our culture in regards to this issue.
“Our nation’s outcry against sex trafficking is muted by her alarming tolerance of and appetite for it’s catalyst-pornography.”
If you look at our celebrities, movies, and music videos, you see this idea presented that people are only sex objects.
An interesting Princeton study was carried out that observed the brain activity of men as they were showed images of women in various degrees of clothing. What they found was that images of sexualized women evoked less brain activity in the areas of the brain having to do with relating to a person in a personal way. Whereas the area of the brain associated with tool use lit up.
The over-sexualized presentation distorted their ability to connect with a women’s heart on a personal level. It caused them to only see women as tools to use.
“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved, and people are being used.” -Anonymous
Our culture has distorted the way we see people and sex.
Consider the popularity of the series Fifty Shades of Grey which sought to normalize an abusive relationship, and glorify unhealthy sexuality.
As individuals, most of us are horrified at the injustice of rape and sex slavory, but if we want to make a real difference in this- we as a culture need to stop calling a half-naked woman on a magazine empowering.
Even if you are not putting a dime into the porn industry, you could still be feeding the demand which produces increase in supply. And by doing this, we’re inadvertently perpetuating an issue that runs deeper. By saying this is okay. That it’s okay to view and treat people this way. But it’s not.
And we endorse it by being okay with consuming it.
I want to even take this a step further and say that even highly suggestive content of a sexual nature or so called soft-core porn is still driving this issue. How are we alarmed and disgusted at rape and human trafficking, yet will readily consume material that promotes women as merely objects of desire? Rather than daughters of promise.
She’s more than a body on the screen.
She’s more than a one night stand.
That girl being exploited in an inappropriate manner is somebody’s little girl. We have a mandate to protect her. By working to change the way our culture sees her.
I’m not trying to point fingers at one gender. It’s a two way street. If women indulge in erotica or “mommy porn” we ourselves reaffirm that it’s alright for women to be presented like that.
This is not strictly a female issue either. Both men and women are victims of objectification. Think of the terms “man candy” and “boy toys”. We will never change the way we as a culture treat people until we change the way we view them.
Every person is a son or daughter with kingdom purpose and destiny.
I hope you understand, I am in no way writing this to condemn anyone. If you are struggling with a porn addiction, my heart goes out to you. I hope that you’ll seek the counseling of people you trust. I also highly recommend that everyone, regardless of whether you struggle in this area or not, checks out the website Fight The New Drug which is a great resource for educating yourself on the negative affects of pornography.
This is a challenge for each of us (whether male or female) to analyze what media we’re consuming and the heart issue behind this.
We need to ask ourselves: Is this promoting a healthy (and godly!) view of people or my sexuality?
The more people who do this, the more we will see a ripple effect in our culture. But it starts with us, as individuals.
Let’s be people that are protectors of what’s sacred. Protectors of people. Protectors of love.
What I know is this: We must end it in our hearts, before we can end it on our city street corners.