Vodcast: How Porn and Pop Culture Intertwine

Here’s a surprisingly controversial statement for you: pornography is a problem.

There it is. We said it. We mean it. Not only has pornography been linked to what many are beginning to call a public health crisis, it is—in and of itself—a problem. And a big one at that.

Pornography and the use of it is not really a new topic, but it is a trendy topic at the moment. TIME Magazine has covered it. The governor of Utah has issued a declaration about it. Hollywood insiders (like Terry Crews) have spoken out about it. Even former adult film stars (like Bree Olson) are weighing in on its repercussions. I’ve talked about my own struggles on this very vodcast.

But, in the midst of the conversation about the detrimental effects of pornography, very few people seem willing to publicly admit or declare that pornography is actually wrong or harmful. For the amount of skating done around the topic, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were watching an Ice Capade.

We have some thoughts as to why that is, as well as on the subject of how we as Christians can respond to and be a voice in the myriad conversations swirling around this hot-button issue.

Oh, and in case you’d rather listen to this discussion in the car or in the gym, we’ve got a special audio link just for you, right below the video.

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By the way, there are a lot of great resources to help boost your and your family’s online accountability—programs like Covenant Eyes and Net Nanny (Focus on the Family has a partnership with the latter). Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of resources for overcoming a struggle with or addiction to pornography, some great information and resources can be found here.

Who wrote this?

Jake Roberson is Plugged In’s social media manager and strategist. He’s the father of four children and husband of one wife, and he quite likes life that way. He also likes writing about entertainment, pop culture, dadhood … and food. He’s also a former Guinness World Record holder for participating in the largest hacky sack circle. Catch up with him on Twitter @jake_roberson

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