I have for quite some time had people conjecture as to why I harbor such an undying passion in speaking out against pornography. Please allow me to explain that there may be no confusion. Pornography is often called a victimless crime and treated as an allowable and harmless diversion that is amusing and even beneficial. Nothing could be further from the truth, and while I can I will tirelessly work to point out the very real dangers surrounding this social, spiritual and emotional disease.
When I was in high school I thought much as you may. I considered it normal for boys around me to engage in pornography and though I knew it was wrong I simply accepted it as an inevitable fact of life.
Then I grew up.
I saw two women that I had long known and loved in anguish because their husbands skipped work to go to strip clubs while they, innocent wives, were pregnant. I spent a year counseling and aiding an exotic dancer, listening to her troubles, learning of her pain, and finding out about the pornography industry from a backstage perspective. I found that women who plaster smiles on their scantily clad selves onstage hate the men who come to see them only slightly less than they hate themselves. I learned that such women often turn to drugs, go mad or commit suicide. Week after week my friend cried on my shoulder about how cheap she felt and how she hated her clients. I watched as a woman who had every reason in the world to think well of herself crumbled into dust and nearly lost her mind because of the emotional abuse of her husband, who in a tremendously degrading manner compared her to every other woman he saw, treated her horribly because she was not the kind of harlot he watched on the internet, and treated her in every way with contempt on this point. I have counseled with many women who have had pornography using husbands and heard how difficult it is for them to maintain some kind of self respect. I have worked with men fighting this addiction and seen them break down in hysterics from withdrawl. I have personally helped people struggling with addiction walk away from suicide and reached in to help save their lives when they tried. I have seen pornography destroy marriage after marriage, and where there are broken marriages there are broken homes, vulnerable parents and shattered children. This is no victimless crime, for I have held the aching victims in my arms on countless occasions and felt them flood my neck and shoulder with their tears. I think all of us have seen how vulnerable young women are in this society, thinking they have to wear scanty clothes, heavy make up and no dignity in order to gain some masculine affection. And often young men are treated as a bizarre outcast if they do not engage in morally indecent behavior.
In short, this black and vile issue daily sweeps through not only our country but virtually every nation on earth, destroying love and natural expectations of romance as it goes. It is beyond a doubt the most widespread and damaging epidemic in the history of the world. And so, my dear friends, the next time you may wonder and pose the question, "Why does Michelle fight?" I would encourage you to follow it with a second question, which proves pertinent and far more important. "Why do I not?"