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What is Pornography

The word "pornography" comes from the

Greek words, "porne,"meaning a harlot,
prostitute, or whore, and "graphos,"
meaning a writing or depiction. "A
depiction or description of the activities of
Webster Dictionary "A depiction of
licentiousness or lewdness," or "A
portrayal of erotic behavior designed to
cause sexual excitement."

sentation of sexual
behavior in books,
pictures, statues,
motion pictures, and
other media that is

The distinction between

pornography (illicit and
condemned material)
anderotica(which is broadly
tolerated) is largely subjective
and reflects changing
community standards. The
wordpornography, derived
from the

Who are the victims

Girls and children who came
from broken homes, girls who
are sexually abused,
abducted, runaways and who
suffers severe poverty in
which their only option is to
do lustful things.

Effects of Pornography
Immediate effects on the victim:
Physical injury and pain, including sexually
transmitted diseases;
Feelings of shame, unworthiness, anger, and
Somatic responses (headaches, stomachaches,
etc.); Withdrawal and isolation;
o Anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD), including
nightmares, flashbacks, etc.
Long-term effects are:
o Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental

Effects on the victim

Distorted and unhealthy sexuality;
Difficulty establishing healthy
Risky behaviors, including substance
abuse, promiscuity, self-mutilation, and
suicidal ideation and attempts;
Greater risk of getting ensnared in
commercial sexual exploitation;
Ongoing humiliation and lack of privacy;

Victims are unable to escape the

reach of the images, and constantly
live with the knowledge that any
person they meet could have viewed
the images
Images remaining online could
impact employment, relationships,
and other facets of life throughout
the lifetime

Harms from Pornography

The Harm to Your Soul
- Sinful and thus harmful to the soul and our eternal
St. Matthew's Gospel (5:28)
"Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has
already committed adultery in his heart."
For Muslim religion: God desires to turn toward you,
but those who follow their lusts desire you to swerve
away mightily." [Sura IV (On Women), v. 32]
"Say to the Believers, that they cast down their eyes
and guard their private parts; that it is purer for them;
God is aware of the things they work.

Harms of Pornography
The Harm to Morality
- "Deep within his conscience man
discovers a law which he has not laid upon
himself but which he must obey. Its voice
calls him to love to do good and avoid evil.
It is sometimes called natural law and
allows him or her to recognize the moral
quality of any act whether it is good or bad.
Conscience and the ability to seek good and
avoid evil is inscribed in his heart by God

Harms of Pornography
The Harm to Marriage
- Married men who are involved in
pornography feel less satisfied with their
conjugal relations and less emotionally
attached to their wives. Wives notice
and are upset by the difference.
- Pornography use is a pathway to
infidelity and divorce, and is frequently
a major factor in these family disasters.

Harms of Pornography
The Harm of Violence Toward and the
Degradation of Women
The Harm to Children
The Harm of stimulations resulting in
- innocent persons criminally
assaulted and murdered by those
stimulated by porn, including Serial

Harms of Pornography
Harm to Performers
- contracting aids and other
venereal disease.


ca. 5200 BCE

German hunter-gatherers sculpt a statue of a man and woman
having sexual intercourse.
AD 79
Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying the city of Pompeii under lava
and ash. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the city was
excavatedand the European colonial aristocracy, whose
members had fashioned themselves the intellectual and political
heirs to ancient Rome, were scandalized by the hundreds of
sexually explicit frescoes and sculptures found in the ruins.
circa 950
Chandravarman begins construction of the first of 85 temples at
Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temples are known for
the extremely intricate and often sexually explicit sculptures that
cover their outer walls, leading Western scholars to later believe
erroneouslythat Hinduism was or is a sexually uninhibited
religious tradition.

Pope Paul IV first prepares the Roman Catholic Church's first
index of banned books. Although most of the 550 titles were
banned for theological reasons, some are clearly sexually explicit
in characterand a few, such as Giovanni Boccaccio's
Decameron, are both sexually explicit and theologically
challenging. The Vatican would continue to publish various
versions of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (lit. "list of
banned books") until it was eliminated by Pope Paul VI in
December 1965, following the institutional reforms brought
about by the Second Vatican Council.
John Cleland begins distributing a sexually explicit novel
titled Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (later published as The
Life and Adventures of Miss Fanny Hill). Confiscated by British
authorities a year later, then promptly pirated and redistributed,
the book would be banned in both Britain and the United States
until the 1960s.

Robley Dunglison's Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical
Science coins the English term "pornography," meaning "a description of
prostitutes or of prostitution, as a matter of public hygiene." Within a
decade, the word gained widespread use as a general term for sexually
explicit materialpossibly inspired by the French termpornographie,
which had already taken on that meaning.
douard Manet's Olympia, a nude portrait in which Victorine Meurent
portrays a prostitute, scandalizes the Paris Salonnot because of the
nudity itself, but rather because of the earthy and unladylike frankness
with which she presents it. The nudity of contemporaneous work was not
considered pornographic because it was idealized and glamorized to the
point of fictionbut the nudity in Olympia was simply that of a naked
woman, not an idealized goddess.
"When our artists give us Venuses," Manet's contemporary mile Zola
explained, "they correct nature, they lie. Manet asked himself why he
should lie. Why not tell the truth? He has introduced us to Olympia, a girl
of our own times, whom we have met in the streets pulling a thin shawl of
faded wool over her narrow shoulders."

Anthony Comstock founds the New York Society for the
Suppression of Vice, and begins his career as America's national
censor in earnest.
In Eugne Pirou's Coucher de la Marie, the first known
softcore erotic film, Louise Willywho starred in eight
burlesque comedies from 1896 to 1913performs a striptease
and bathes on camera.
L'Ecu d'Or ou la Bonne Auberge, the earliest surviving hardcore
pornographic film, is distributed. Censors (and nervous owners)
destroyed most other early examples of the genre, which were
typically shown in brothels.
Denmark legalizes pornography, becoming the first country on
Earth to formally do so.

In Miller v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court defines
obscenity using a three-part test:
the average person must find that the work, taken as a whole,
appeals to the prurient interest ;
the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual
conduct or excretory functions specifically defined by applicable
state law ; and
the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic,
political, or scientific value.
This definition mandates that all obscene material must be
pornographicin United States v. Stevens (2010), the Supreme
Court rejected a claim that animal torture videos can be
classified as obscenebut under the Miller standard, most
material traditionally classified as pornographic would not be
considered obscene (though all mainstream pornography, by
definition, would qualify as indecent).

Philippine Alliance
Against Pornography
The association
is aware
that obscenity corrupts
public morals that results in
an increase in rape cases,
teenage pregnancies,
incest and violence related

among persons
who are
attracted to

Getting hooked,
coming back for
more and still
more. As
powerful as

(2) Escalation:
coarser, more
explicit material is
needed for sexual
highs or turns-ons.

(3) Desensitization:
With continued exposure,
what at first offends
becomes acceptable and
then craved no matter
how gross or deviant.

(4) Acting Out: There

is a tendency to
translate thoughts
into actions. The
thought is father to
the deed.

How can one safeguard ones family

from pornography? PAAP gives us the

avoid personal and family exposure to

2nd, set personal and family standards that
focus on human dignity and wholesome living;
3rd, have open family discussions with
children of suitable age about pornography
and its dangers;
4th, emphasize the sacred nature of the
human body and the joy of proper sexual
relationships in marriage;

5th, control and monitor television

viewing in the family, especially
cable and computer programs;
6th, select movies and other
entertainment based on reliable
7th, read good books, and read
them to your children;
8th, be aware of unsuitable music
and lyrics and discuss their impact
on young people and others.

The Rosary shall be a powerful

armor against hell, it
will destroy vice,
decrease sin, and defeat
- The Blessed Virgin Mary
to Blessed Alan de la Roche
"The greatest method of
praying is to pray the Rosary."
- St. Francis de Sales


Mayela Lou. Adajar

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