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Pop Culture Is Pushing Back Against Porn

The internet is a modern day Wild West, complete with interest groups and politicians rushing to regulate it. But if one thing is consistent on the internet, it’s porn. To be exact, 35 percent of all internet downloads are pornographic. And some data suggests 25 percent of all internet searches are for porn. For a little perspective, as of 2015, that means 68 million porn searches a day. But despite porn’s uncanny ubiquity, the tide might be turning. In recent months, some major (and unexpected) celebrities have spoken out about the dangers of porn and why it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

Pamela Anderson

“We have often warned about pornography’s corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as a father … How many families will suffer?”

Russell Brand

“Our attitudes toward sex … have deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means of procreation. I heard a quote from a priest who said, ‘Pornography is not a problem because it shows us too much. It’s a problem because it shows us too little.’”

Terry Crews

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“Pornography, in a lot of ways, it really, really messed up my life … By not telling people, it becomes more powerful. But when you tell and when you put it out there in the open … it loses its power.”

Juliette Binoche

“A lot of men take porn as not that important, not that serious, whereas women tend to take it personally. … When you don’t have the [love and commitment-based] feelings it becomes animal-like because you’re not in touch with your heart . There’s a sad and pathetic side to it.”

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