Harmless fun, some argue. Well, consider what the notorious rapist-murderer Ted Bundy had to say:
“As a young boy … of 12 or 13, I encountered … in the local grocery store … the soft-core pornography that people call soft porn. Once [I became] addicted to pornography, and this is a kind of addiction, I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit [and] more graphic kinds of material … You begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it would give you that which is beyond [merely] reading [porn] or looking at it.”
No, not everyone who consumes pornography will become another Ted Bundy. But other criminals like Bundy have admitted they started with porn. Other porn consumers will suffer wrecked marriages, failed careers and other harmful effects. Ask Dr. Judith Reisman, an internationally known expert on the topic -- Salvo carries a fascinating interview with her that reveals how pornography actually affects the brain by releasing chemicals that cause a “high” similar to that produced by cocaine or heroin. And ask yourself: How often do you find a magazine willing to connect the dots on a tough topic?
I urge you to give Salvo a try. Order a sample issue and see if it isn’t something that will successfully challenge the young people in your life to re-examine traditional values with fresh eyes. It will, I predict, enrich their spirituality and give them some vital ammunition to battle the toxic culture that surrounds them.
NOTE: Two columns ago, I wrote about the prevalence of “male bashing” in our politically correct culture and asked readers to e-mail me their thoughts through the Web site of my book, Home Invasion. The response was overwhelming -- thank you to everyone who wrote to me. I’m still sorting through the hundreds of e-mails I received, and will post selected responses on HomeInvasion.org in the coming weeks. So be sure to keep checking back -- and if you haven’t yet responded, there’s still time.