In our society today, and in recent years, sin and evil have become so prevalent in our culture that sometimes whole systems are formed from evil motives/principles, which would be examples of structural evil. Then the people in said systems are evil or remain evil, which makes in a corporate evil. All forms of evil in our world are not as looked down upon by people as much as they should be, and corporate evils are harder to detect since the evil is the foundation for the particular system.
I will address pornography and its use in our culture today. It is a structural evil, because its base or root is planted in women being inferior, and it is also based on selfish desires. Porn is accepted in our culture because it is considered a healthy way to channel sexuality. Yet what many don’t know, is that porn affects the mind like an addictive drug, forming patterns, creating habits and lowering standards or morals. It is a corporate evil because everyone who produces and watches porn either knows it is wrong and does it anyway, or doesn’t understand how wrong or detrimental it is because they don’t care, or they have been numbed. The system of porn is based on sin and evil, which makes it a structural and corporate evil.
Porn is evil because it is a way for humans to be completely selfish, able to be satisfied or gratified instantly. Porn is evil because it objectifies women, who are made in the image of God. Porn is evil because it dehumanizes people of both genders through participating in the making or the watching of porn. Porn is evil because it hurts so many people at one time. Porn is evil because it can ruin lives or relationships in a minute.
People have become used to porn because technically it is not breaking any laws. Also, it is virtually everywhere so people are no longer sensitive to it. And porn has become an acceptable way to vent feelings or emotions, and to get fulfilled if someone is alone or in an unsatisfied relationship. The best ways to address porn in our society is to show people how it affects women and the treatment of women. We need to tell people the harmful effect of porn the brain. We need to explain that porn accepts rape, which is culturally unacceptable. And we need to rescue the women enslave by this trade, the men enslaved to this addiction. It is only glanced upon, because people don’t see its harms. But porn is even used in the Christian community, behind closed doors and secrets. Christian know it is a horrific sin, yet they also don’t understand all of the affects porn has.
While women do have porn addictions sometimes, it is not just a male problem, though it predominately affects males. Also, whenever a man or woman looks at porn, they fuel the sex trade by keeping porn in demand, as the internet can track their browsing history and fulfill their “needs.” Many people do not realize that.
Porn also affects how men view women in general, by warping their ideas of sexual pleasure and women’s bodies. Porn is not a victimless crime as many say. It hurts so many people at once.
Pornography is, in its structure evil and in its corporate body. The best way to combat it as sin in our culture is to inform others of the great harm it can do and is doing as we speak.
But now dear heart, there is something you should know. If your significant other is addicted, or even just occasionally looking at pornography, it is not ok. Be brave enough to bring it up, and kind, remembering that an addiction is a scary thing. Remember this though. No matter what you have done, no matter how bad you think you are at the whole relationship thing, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT if they look at porn! Someone else’s sin DOES NOT MEAN that you are ugly. Someone else’s addiction DOES NOT MEAN that you are a bad girlfriend/boyfriend. Someone else’s problem DOES NOT MEAN that you should compromise your standards to keep them interested. One can bounce back from this type of addiction, but it never fully leaves. I would caution you about continuing the relationship, because an addiction to pornography is cheating. If you are in a situation where you are addicted to porn, you can get help. It does not mean you are worthless, or dirty. It means you are a sinful human being that fell prey to lust and selfish desires. Do not keep it hidden! There are people who love you and can help.
And to the one in a relationship with a porn addict, be cautious how much you speak of it. This secret is not yours to gossip about. But find someone you can tell, someone you can cry to when the pain is too great to understand. Make wise decisions here. I can’t tell you how to live your life, but take courage. A porn addict is a human, with feelings and emotions too, but when they fall prey to this addiction, they become a lesser version of themselves. He/she will not be able to give you their full attention, and there will always be an airbrushed image in the back of their mind. But again I saw, it is not your fault. You did not drive anyone to porn. You are amazing, and you deserve to be treasured.