“Good Men” and pornography.
December 20, 2012
I’m no SEO expert but I’m quite sure that by the mere title of this blog post I’ll get some viewers that I wouldn’t normally attract… my up-front apologies.
Not that they asked, but the folks over at The Good Men Project are doing a lot of things right by my estimation. For the most part I like what they stand for and a lot of what they have to offer the world. A recent post of theirs entitled “Cleavage or Soul” does a great job in pointing out the difference between what the media portrays as attractive to men and what most men actually want in a woman they can love on more than a physical level.
The mere fact that this well-written post even needs writing shows that there are indeed those men who are lost in their own shallowness and view both women and themselves in a one dimensional category that precludes any sense of personal complexity. Most men realize this because at one time or another we have all been that shallow, and most recognize their own capacity for said shallowness. Thankfully, as the writer noted, “good men love women. But we love women in all their complexity, for the things they do, for their intelligence, their wit, their athleticism, their creativity, their power, their force of personality.” Very well stated.
However, it is the author’s very next sentence really encourages me: “We seem to have forgotten that along the way, and our brain-numbing intoxication by pornography in all its forms threatens to end us—not because it is morally wrong but just because it distracts us from the truth and scatters our power. It’s one big acid trip fantasy with no connection to improving our lives, being good fathers and husbands, and advancing our careers”. At first reading this I thought he was saying that it wasn’t morally wrong but only that it distracts and scatters (bad imagery). But he says quite plainly that “it is morally wrong.” This is a very bold statement considering the world we live in! Porn is morally wrong precisely because it does “distract from the truth…scatters our power” and more. It dishonors the God who made people in his Image, and it then destroys the very lives of the people who are made in that Image. I hope this boldness is a reflection of an inner quality that defines what (in my humble opinion) all “Good Men” possess … courage.