I've been spending the last few days buried in research and writing to update my presentations on the destructive power of pornography. I'm looking forward to speaking on these issues next week at the D6 Conference in Texas and then again next month at the National Youthworkers Convention in San Diego.
Researching this topic is difficult. Like most males (or more realistically "most people"), I have seen and consequently been effected by pornography. I was 12 years old the first time. Digging deeper into just what those effects are is frightening work for many, many reasons. . . perhaps the most alarming of which is the prevalence and early exposure among younger and younger kids. Then, you start thinking ahead. . . and it's scary.
The good news is that there seems to be more and more anti-pornography information on the Internet. If you haven't already seen the site for Fight The New Drug you need to check it out. Here's a helpful infographic from the site that you can use to guide your discussions with the kids you know and love. . . and a link to the graphic and additional stats with references. . . .