Yesterday’s Oprah show had the results of an online poll from Oprah.com showed that 50% of respondents felt pornography had affected their sex lives and 72% said the effect had been a positive one. Something tells me the sample of respondents was not very representative of the general population. The show was pushing to re-label pornography “erotica” changing the connotation from something sinful to something natural. Dr. Gail Saltz was one of the featured experts. You may recognize her name from being a Today Show expert on mental health. She was endorsing the use of pornography with the following disclaimer, “The problem is, it can be a double-edged sword in that anything really pleasurable can become kind of addictive.” Kind of? With all of the mental health studies documenting the devastating effects of pornography how can she, as a mental health expert, endorse its use and modify “addictive” with “kind of”? That is like saying crack cocaine may in some instances be addictive but that shouldn’t keep someone from trying it because it can sure make you feel good too. That is a crazy thing for a health professional to say. If that isn’t strange enough the show also featured a couple who have an open marriage but are somehow not swingers and say they are not into “casual sex”? Her husband described his wife as having “more love in her life [that]…doesn’t take anything away from what the two of us have.” I am getting the feeling we no longer even understand what the word love means any more.
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.”