To the Editor:
This letter is in response to the one written to you in the Columbus Telegram on Sunday, Oct. 27 which began, "The 'White Ribbon Against Pornography' promotes a poor and shameful attitude toward sex and sexuality in general."
The writer fails to understand the purpose of the White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign, which is to stop the sexual exploitation of pornography. Pornography steals the dignity of those depicted, mostly young women and children, by reducing their value to attractiveness of a few body parts. Those of us involved in WRAP want women and children, indeed all human beings to be seen as valuable simply because we are human, unique, and made in the image and likeness of God. Pornography is a distortion of this vision and it is causing a pandemic of harm to American society.
A unique website has collected a wealth of peer-reviewed scientific research on the harms of pornography, http://pornharmsresearch.com. There you will find many studies that demonstrate that pornography is leading to the destruction of marriages, families and relationships.
Perhaps the most destructive harm from pornography is the widespread addiction it is causing to consumers, leading to dysfunction and debilitation in many. Dr. Mary Anne Layden, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, likens pornography to crack cocaine. In a testimony to the U.S. Senate in November 2004, she noted, "This material is potent, addictive, and permanently implanted in the brain."
Pornography is also leading to increased prostitution and sex trafficking and causing many, particularly young men, to develop demeaning sentiments toward women.
That is the shameful attitude which should concern us, not the WRAP Campaign against it.