XXXChurch, if you don’t know about them, are a familiar presence at the porn shows, having a booth with XXXChurch followers handing out Bibles and spreading the Good Word about Jesus. Their graphic design shows a sense of humor about their mission, all decked out in 1970s porn. They treat pornography addiction as a serious issue to grapple with and overcome, and I can’t fault them for that.
We do part ways on the destructive nature of porno (and self-pleasure), namely they seem to think it destroys everything it touches and that hasn’t been my experience.
I equate it to alcohol – I know people who can have a beer or two and have a good time, I know people who can’t function without a half-dozen scotches and then they’ll have three more and really become an embarrassment to himself a danger to others. This does not mean I want to ban alcohol. Porn operates the same way — I don’t know that watching porn upon occasion (or even every day) is detrimental to one’s health, but I am pretty sure there comes a point where it can become too much. I have no idea where that line is.
All that aside, they put together a PSA about the responsibilities of parents to try and protect their kids from online porn. I can’t really find fault with this. The IAFD is voluntarily tagged with an “adult” label, and when OpenDNS blocks us for being “pornography” I can’t complain about that. We don’t want kids finding this site. Porn + Kids = Trouble.
Porn provides a fantasy, and kids don’t always have the ability to separate reality from fantasy. They may think it’s natural to drive around in a van and throw girls in the back and have sex with them — first reluctantly and then actively; or that every babysitter is on the earth to blow their dads. (If only.) Seriously, tho — there is a lot in today’s porn landscape that could really paint a different picture for kids of what sex is. (I say it in the same way I say that kids shouldn’t take driving cues from The Fast and Furious, and they probably shouldn’t be getting their sexual cues from Jamie Gillis’ On The Prowl.)
So, we support responsible parenting and the blocking of online resources from kids who are too young to understand their context or meaning, and their PSA addresses that in a way that’s pretty funny and still makes their point.
Lots of cameos in the PSA (in order of appearance, from left to right — Rayveness, Brandy Aniston,Brenda Black, Crissy Moran (who left porn to focus on bringing attention these kinds of XXXChurch-y issues), Tia Gunn, April Flores, Kelly Shibari and Ron Jeremy.
The XXXChurch site says this of the clip:
Founder of XXXchurch, Craig Gross known as the “porn pastor” and porn legend, Ron Jeremy, have traveled around the country debating the issue of pornography for the past four years. They have become great friends although they disagree on the effects of pornography.
The one thing they do agree on is that pornography should not be seen by kids. Ron Jeremy says, “Porn is consenting adults having consenting sex for consenting adults to watch.” Ron has always said he will do whatever he can to help keep porn away from children.