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So, I plan to address a very sensitive topic, one that I know many Christians rally against, although I'm not exactly sure they know why they're rallying against it. What am I talking about, the sex industry? Yup, here’s another Christian talking about how bad the sex industry is. On no, gasp! What I am addressing is pornographic materials as well as prostitution. I hope that I am talking about it from a little bit of different perspective than anyone has taken before. I am not talking about the sex industry because I am on some moral high ground, but because I want to try to help you to understand why this post is such a big deal.
**I am also going to preface that I am gearing this towards males, but don’t think for a second that this in not an equal opportunity post. I am just using pronouns and nouns that describe females because the sex industry is geared towards men.
I know many of you have asked this in your own mind and maybe out loud. What is the big deal, I am just admiring the female body? I know I've had this experience with family members, "a woman’s body is just absolutely beautiful, and I like looking at it". See, I agree with this, the female body is beautiful and should be admired, but not this way. Think of all this in terms of your own daughter, grandmother, mother, your dear and loving Aunt. Imagine if you will, somebody peering into their window, imagine them “admiring” how they look and the thoughts they have and the feelings that run through their body. Of course, you might counter with, “well that's completely different”, they're clearly not giving their permission. Ah, but you don't realize what foundation you are building, sex trafficking is real, and these kids, girls and women are not giving their permission, it is being taken.
I am a mother of three daughters, and I couldn't imagine my beautiful children traded as objects for their body. You say a grown woman should be admired and that it's no big deal. Many women would say that they feel “liberated” and have entered into the sex industry on purpose because it was a sensible way for them to make money. Perhaps it fuels their own sex addictions. Still, this post is a big deal.
What made me think of this post. It was the news story about the New England Patriots owner and the charges brought against him for solicitation of sex. No matter how you look at it, selling the human body for sex in exchange for a monetary value is bad. Whether you're talking about the places in Las Vegas, Nevada where prostitution is legal or the scandals images in magazines that portray women as sex objects. An argument can be made that these women enjoy having the control to exchange money for sexual favors, but the question is why? You’re telling me that a woman selling her body for the highest dollar is creating a well-rounded and grounded woman.
It took a while for my husband to understand why I felt the way I did when he looked at dirty pictures or hung calendars up in his barn that had women in scandals poses and very little clothing. Before, he did not understand. If figured that if he was "being faithful" and never had an intention of cheating, what was the big deal about looking at women via pictures? I tried to get my point across to him numerous times, but it wasn't until he got more into his relationship with God that he began to understand.
Again, you might say that these women and men go willingly into the sex industry, so why are you being such a prude about the whole issue. First, I am certainly not a prude, I like sex. I think it’s a wonderful thing to share within a solidified relationship. However, the sex industry does not bolster this nor does it foster a committed and beautiful relationship. I have heard of individuals using their porn addiction to fulfill their sex addition by coercing their significant other to have sex. "I could go look at pictures instead, isn't it better to have sex than for me to do that?" Unfortunately, there is an epidemic that has been taking over the world, and it has shown up on our streets and it is closer to you than you think.
The sex industry that includes prostitution and porn is an issue because it breeds the need for sex at a low cost, to fill a sex niche of young boys and girls, women at low cost, or sex in a trade for drugs. It breeds the need for sick and disgusting individuals to take advantage of those who need help, who are lost in the world, it takes advantage of the weak. Sex trafficking, women do not go into it willingly. Stop and think of your daughter, sister, your aunt, your mother or any other person you care of, being sold like they are a product and not a human. Ladies and gentlemen, it is happening near you whether you realize it or not, and we have to educate ourselves. The issue with sex trafficking is greater than a moral issue it is a human right issue.
Stop and think for a moment, just take a moment to think about your life, think about those who are nearby and don't be so sure it's not near your own home.
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