Skip to comments.Military Porn Addictions Growing
Posted on 01/08/2007 1:22:51 AM PST by balch3
(AgapePress) - An increasing number of servicemen and women are confessing to pornography addictions and most government-run military base and post exchanges are only adding to the problem by selling it.
In 1996, Congress enacted the Military Honor and Decency Act, which bans military stores from selling sexually explicit material, but according to Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, the act is not being enforced.
"Congress is going to have to take a look at this," Donnelly said. "Certainly the Pentagon is going to have to enforce those rules. It's a matter of good order and discipline and not just a matter of religion or free speech. It's a matter that the military itself needs to be concerned about."
Such concern is apparent among military chaplains like Father Mark Reilly, who recently returned from a Marine Corps tour in Iraq.
"I don't think I've ever been confronted as much face-to-face with men and women -- in and out of confessional -- saying, 'I'm addicted to porn and I don't know how to get out of it,'" Reilly said. "They're looking for a life preserver. It's wrecking their marriages. Like any addiction, they lose control."
Reilly said it's the combination of war stress and being away from loved ones that ignite the lust for pornography. Lust turns to addiction and addiction results in imitative behavior as seen in the Abu Ghraib photos -- made for and by porn addicts.
In The New Republic, Rochelle Gurstein described the Abu Ghraib photos as ones that "speak to the coercive and brutalizing nature of the pornographic imaginations so prevalent in our world today."
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, who leads the U.S. military archdiocese, believes chaplains can play a big role in military porn sobriety by influencing "what is sold in the [exchanges], what's allowed in a public space, an office or a barracks, and I think a chaplain can have great leverage here."
The pornography that is sold at military exchanges is part of a $57 billion-a-year worldwide industry.
Who the heck invented "porn addiction"? Seems to me that there's an alterior motive to inventing a new disease. Inviting congress to look at is cannot be good for anybody.
Can't find a picture but get Gunnery Sergeant Hartman to straighten them out with drills of "This is my rifle, this is my gun"
What a bunch of BS.
By their standards, I'm sure 80% or more of America's young men suffer from a "porn addiction"
I think there may be some underlying issues from childhood.
"Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, who leads the U.S. military archdiocese, believes chaplains can play a big role in military porn sobriety by influencing "what is sold in the [exchanges], what's allowed in a public space, an office or a barracks, and I think a chaplain can have great leverage here."
Well, at least they mention both men and women. Oftern feminists make it sound as though men use porn to subjugate women while conservative churches are often of the impression that women are too virtuous to use porn so articles you generally see in their publications are about sinful men failing in their duties as fathers and husbands while their wives tearfully reflect on the hurt.
While older adults males who use porn make up a substantial majority the figures for younger women reflect that it's almost equal -- if your measurement is how many have accessed a porn site in a given time.
That's a damn shame.
Take a look at the TV Network shows, and explain why this is a surprise?????
That gave me wood...
This yokel trying to get Penthouse out of the Exchanges is probably the same yokel who won't allow a soldier/Marine/airman under 21 to have a beer.
There is more of an agenda here than a problem. This is one of those issues that an organization, which has run out of fund raising hot issues, hypes into another "end of the world as we know it". Nothing new here, move along.
I noticed that in the article as well. And, the military "chain of command" is not the only chain the Chaplin is violating.
..This is very serious....a hidden addiction.
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