Porn surfing has become an extracurricular study for many college students – both male and female – but according to a conservative Christian organization, it isn’t taking notes during a porno that will allow for hot sex, it’s being married and spiritual.
Patrick Fagan, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, hosted a seminar at the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education in Washington D.C. this week called “Porn in the Dorm: The Impact of Pornography on College Campus Life,” during which he said married people who have traditional values toward sex, pornography and God have more enjoyable sex.
“Those who worship God weekly have the best sex,” Fagan said. “I would like to see that on the cover of Playboy.”
Fagan cited the University of Chicago’s 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey to prove married people who attend church weekly have the most active and enjoyable sex lives. Many college students, however, swap out Sunday worship for some alone time with virtual glowing indulgences provided by the porn industry, he said.
According to Fagan, this cultural saturation in pornography isn’t allowing the youth an authentic view of sex and love, and society could pay the price through the eventual lack of lasting marriages and even detachments from reality.
One audience member recounted that the general acceptance of porn at colleges reached a new low when a fraternity on his campus made pledges find the most depraved and vile pornography online and bring it to the rush leader as a right of passage.
The increasingly insidious acceptance of porn on college campuses is reminiscent of the depravity of pagan Rome and the start of the falling empire, Fagan said.
“It is pagan sexuality,” Fagan said. “Homosexuality, infidelity, euthanasia, infanticide, these were all common sexual practices of pagan Rome. Christians were noted for being different, for being monogamous, faithful.”
Young men who watch pornography on a regular basis no longer see women as equals, but rather as erotic stimuli only there for male pleasure, Fagan explained. Reality is severed from the imagination and the world of sexual decadency rules the mind of the porn viewer, he said.
“Girl-next-door porn” is the first step toward an addiction, Fagan said.
It doesn’t take long, however, for a viewer to escalate the depravity of the type of porn viewed. Eventually, according to Fagan, an addicted viewer will be desensitized to what he or she once considered abnormal, their viewing will become a habit, and the viewer will act out on their addiction through cyber sex, strip bars and prostitution, he said.
If warped by porn at a young age, addiction can lead to lower self-esteem, increased per-marital intercourse and even teen pregnancy, he added.
When this depraved view of sex is seen through married eyes, two-thirds of couples affected by one spouse’s addiction experience loss of sexual interest and even loss of good family relations. Fagan found these factors can often lead to divorce, degradation of marriage as an institution, and even poverty.
Look to church-going, monogamous couples, and the story is completely different. In porn-free, intact marriages, sex is seen as intimate, pleasurable and the emotion of love is almost always felt, according to the 1992 survey.
“Those who are monogamous have the best sex they ever could because it’s the only sex they’ll ever know,” Fagan said.
Fix contributor Emma Colton is a student at The College of New Jersey.
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