Pro-porn people are the ones with blinkers (16 March 2010)

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Dear Editor

We are grateful that Multichoice has rejected the idea of a porn channel.

Clearly Brian Cox and Colin Bosman (15/03) did not notice that the call to criminalise pornography has come not just from Christians, but also from other sectors such as the founder of Rape Crisis (someone who does not claim to be religious), the Muslim Judicial Council and the trade union Solidarity.

The porn itself AND the "disturbed" people who use porn are the problem. The harm is in the making and the using.

Advertisers know that what we see influences what we do. They both exploit people's underlying vulnerabilities (eg the the lust for pleasure) and the media through which they advertise - sound, images and even subversive tricks.  We are not saying that pornography affects everyone in the same way. Neither do cigarette ads for example, but their influence is undeniable.

South African adults or children cant afford yet another temptation to access porn. The huge scourge of fatherlessness and broken families in this nation are definite underlying vulnerabilities. Porn contributes to and helps perpetuate the cycle of abuse.

There is nothing free about this form of 'expression' - not for the performers, the addicts or the victims of the addicts.


Taryn Hodgson

Africa Christian Action

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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