In the Western world, the traditional family is in crisis mode. In what should come as no big surprise, those societies with the greatest sexual license, also have the highest divorce rates. Those that have the least toleration for sexual deviancy and pornography, have the lowest. (Source)
In India, which has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world, selling, manufacturing, or distributing pornography is a serious crime:
The Information Technology Act, Chapter XI Paragraph 67, the Government of India clearly considers online pornography as a punishable offense. The Indian Penal Code, 1860 section 293 also specifies, in clear terms, the law against Sale etc. of obscene objects to minors.
"67. Publishing of information which is obscene in electronic form. - Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeal to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years and also with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees." (Source)
This does not mean that pornography is not available or manufactured in India. Prohibition is designed to act as a major deterrence for the vast majority of India's population, and it works. The state has a responsibility to protect the family against corrosive influences that undermine the most important organization in society.
Pornography is a 10 billion dollar industry in the United States:
One of the biggest cultural changes in the United States over the past 25 years has been the widespread acceptance of sexually explicit material - pornography.
In the space of a generation, a product that once was available in the back alleys of big cities has gone corporate, delivered now directly into homes and hotel rooms by some of the biggest companies in the United States.
It is estimated that Americans now spend somewhere around $10 billion a year on adult entertainment, which is as much as they spend attending professional sporting events, buying music or going out to the movies.
Consumer demand is so strong that it has seduced some of America's biggest brand names, and companies like General Motors, Marriott and Time Warner are now making millions selling erotica to America. (Source)
Jay Willard Marriott, the founder of the company, was a conservative Mormon that is probably rolling over in his grave right now over the thought that his family is profiting from the destruction of American and European families. In California, porn stars protested Marriott's promotion of X-rated movies where actors did not use a condom. (Source)
Pornography is extremely lucrative for the Marriott hotel chain. In fact, the 5-10% of total revenue they make from pornography is pure profit (Source). This means that companies like Marriott have a vested interest in keeping the smut flowing through our societies. It also means that politicians that take money from these corporations might talk a good fight and yet, never do anything to reign in corporate porn interests.
In one example of Mormon politicians "gone wild", Former Congressman Chris Cannon accepted $24,000 from companies who profit from Porn (Source) He talked about using draconian measures to bring down the porn interests, but he never delivered.
Much of the smut is manufactured in the small city of Chatsworth, California, and old movie town famous for its Westerns at one time. Now, the city of 40,000 plus (next to Los Angeles) specializes in the manufacturing of pornography. Apparently, it isn't to hard to find victims willing to sell their soul for a few bucks in their pocket.
“They come into this industry, because this is the single easiest way that they can earn $1,000 in a day, in two hours,” says Ford. “It's not like we're losing people from going to medical school or business school or becoming lawyers.”
Hang around the World Modeling talent agency on Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and one of the first things you notice is that there is no shortage of men or women who are eager to work in the business.
You'll also see why Fortune 500 companies making millions off the industry don't like to be publicly associated with it.
“Most girls who enter this industry do one video and quit.The experience is so painful, horrifying, embarrassing, humiliating for them that they never do it again,” says Ford." (Source)
What isn't mentioned by the Marriott chain, or others that distribute pornography, is the devastating impact pornography has on our families and society as a whole:
An annual study in the UK by management consultants Grant Thornton, estimates the main proximal causes of divorce based on surveys of matrimonial lawyers.
The main causes (of divorce) in 2004 were:
* Extra-marital affairs - 27%
* Emotional/physical abuse - 17%
* Mid-life crisis - 13%
* Addictions, e.g. alcoholism and gambling - 6%
* Workaholism - 6%
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that pornography probably plays a major role in up to 57% of the divorces in the Western World.
"At the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two-thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half of such cases. " (Source)
Another study shows the relationship between pornography and emotional/physical abuse:
"Recent studies show a correlation between increased aggressiveness in boys and exposure to pornography, and a link between childhood use of porn and sexually abusive behavior in adulthood." (Source)
Sadly, pornographic expectations have also redefined the unrealistic expectations that porn addicts and the porn culture are placing on their families and society. Woman are valued more for their physical attributes than they are for their womanhood. In an attempt to compete with our "soft-porn" entertainment iconic fantasies. Americans spend an estimated $13 billion on plastic surgery in a vain attempt to bring fantasy to life. For our daughters, the effect is criminal:
"It's not easy to shock me," says Judith Coche, a therapist in Philadelphia who has been in practice for 25 years. "But one 11-year-old girl's parents discovered their daughter creating her own pornographic website because it's 'cool' among her friends." (Ibid)