Perhaps Little Pasture can get these answers for us.
Representative Lynn says:
Its WRAP week – will you wear a white ribbon?
Is Representative Lynn aware that WRAP week was actually last week?
Morality in Media asks every American concerned about the floodtide of pornography pouring into our nation’s communities, homes, and children’s minds to do one or more of the following in conjunction with the White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week, which runs this year from Sunday, October 28 through Sunday, November 4, 2007. (see here)
Representative Lynn says:
The mainstream women’s movement gave up on this idea long ago. Instead, now sending the message it’s not exploitation if a woman exploits herself – It is power.
Eh, what can you say? If a woman can rise in power to the point where she’s serving in the legislature and still pretends like she’s not a feminist, what can you do? Anyway, as those of you who know feminists know, this is still a huge bone of contention in the movement.
Lynn knows a good sob story when she hears it, though. Look at this:
Many of the founders of WRAP are thirty something’s that have fled the porn industry to turn their lives around. Their heartbreaking testimonies tell of their own exposure as children to pornographic materials their parents had hidden in the house. This led to desensitization, early experimentation, abuse and, for them, careers in the porn industry. Their mission now is to spread the message of how the secret of pornography often leads both children and adults into destructive sexual addictions that tear families apart and destroy careers.
Oh my! How terrible! Can we learn more about WRAP? Let’s check out their website:
White Ribbon’s purpose is to increase public awareness of the harm done by exposure to pornography.
White Ribbon Week began in 1987 when Norma Norris heard a sermon delivered against pornography delivered by her pastor in Butler, PA. Soon after, she conceived the idea of a simple white ribbon as a symbol of decency.
Purpose: To increase awareness of parents and students about the following facts
- Many parents and children/teens are not aware of the quickness of pornography addiction, the ease of acquiring inappropriate pictures or sexual information, etc.
- Inappropriate images can’t be erased from the mind and they influence actions. Children/teens need to abandon the “everybody’s seeing these things” mindset and be responsible for what goes into their minds.
- Sexual addiction can occur within a week and easily within three months for many people.
- Entry into pornography addiction can be inappropriate swimsuit or lingerie images.
- “Crash and Tell” and other Internet safety ideas can protect children. Knowledge gives parents and children/teens the wisdom they need in today’s world.
Does Representative Lynn really believe that swimsuit and lingerie images are a problem?
What kind of sexual information does Representative Lynn think is inappropriate for teens to have?
Does Representative Lynn really believe that sexual addiction can occur within a week? If so, how does she believe her constituents can best protect themselves from it? Is she advocating abstinence for everyone or are married people immune from sexual addiction?
And, heck, is it even true that “Many of the founders of WRAP are thirty something’s that have fled the porn industry to turn their lives around”? According to this news article, WRAP was founded by “Members of Court Little Flower No. 988, the local chapter of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas [who] have been fighting a war against pornography for 15 years.” So these 30-somethings all got out of porn when they were 15? And I hate to be snarky, but dang, porn must be rough on a body judging by the 30-something ex-pornstars in that photo with the mayor.
Lynn goes on:
Recognizing the harm to children, women and men worldwide, they’re asking for you and me to think about it and make a commitment not to support this industry.
When we pay to go see or rent many R rated movies, subscribe to cable movie channels such as Showtime, even watching some evening network TV programming we’re supporing an extention of this industry.
Is Lynn ready to make such a commitment? Will she be canceling her cable, since you can buy pay-per-view porn over cable networks? Will she be cutting up her credit cards, because, after all, if not for the credit card companies taking and processing the payments, there’d be no way for pornography to be the biggest money-making industry on the web. Oh, the web. Will Lynn stop blogging and stop using the internet since it’s the internet that allows the ease of pornography distribution? Has she stopped shopping at Amazon? Does she refuse to buy her gas from stations that sell pornography? Does she only stay at hotels that don’t have pay-per-view porn? Will she stop watching Fox News, since the NEWS corporation has such a huge stake in pornography? Shoot, the city of Nashville makes money from the licensing of strippers and the state of Tennessee makes tax money from the sale of pornography. Will she move? Never use another local or state service?
Or is wearing a white ribbon enough?
Edited to add: This.