Rebecca Hagelin

?Porn is just another form of entertainment now.?

The speaker, an 18-year-old concession-stand worker named Ben Meredith, was explaining to a Los Angeles Times reporter why virtually no young people were trying to get in to see ?Inside Deep Throat? at an Orange County, Calif., theater.

Given the rating (NC-17) and the subject matter (the making of the notorious 1972 movie ?Deep Throat?) one might expect to find some curious teens infiltrating the theater -- or at least trying to. Instead, the Times reporter writes, the audience was ?overwhelmingly middle-age? and ?not a young person was in sight.?

Which didn?t surprise Ben, a freshman at the University of California-Irvine. ?I mean, porn is really easy to get now. It?s like, who cares??

Those who do care may be wondering just how easy it is. Let?s put it this way: It?s quicker to list the places kids aren?t at risk of exposure to porn.

As the April 23 Los Angeles Times article noted: ?It?s online, on cable, on cellphone cameras, in chat rooms, in instant messages from freaks who go online and trawl children?s Web journals, on cam-to-cam Web hookups, on TV screens at parties where teens walk past it as if it were wallpaper ? and in health class, in movies, in hip-hop lyrics like the one blaring from the loudspeaker as they lined up for pizza and burritos.?

You can see why one of the chapters of my new book, Home Invasion, is titled ?Sexualized Everything.? There?s no escaping the porn culture.

Small wonder that 70 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds has looked at pornography online, according to a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

?Middle school students clandestinely trade copies of such adult-rated videogames as ?Playboy: The Mansion,?? the Times article says. ?Teen advice columns offer wisdom on porn addiction. Online chat rooms for adolescents lapse in and out of graphic sex talk.?

As 16-year-old Scott Timsit told the reporter, ?Pornography is just part of the culture now. It?s almost like it?s not even, like, porn.?

 Except that it is. And being immersed, day-in and day-out, in a pornographic culture that encourages experimentation is hurting our teens.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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