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Nine Questions About the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

By Carson Holloway
One of the major events in American popular culture, it seems, is the annual release of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition. It invariably generates a lot of media attention, and many men seem to think of it as a kind of highlight of the year.
Herewith a few questions on this cultural phenomeon:
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1. What percentage of the Swimsuit Edition’s consumers are American Catholic men?
2. What percentage of the Swimsuit Edition’s consumers are married American Catholic men?
3. What, really, is the difference between the Swimsuit Edition and pornography?
4. Or, to put it another way,… Read More

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Real Men Don't Do Pornography

Mike Adams 8/25/2008 Townhall.com Hat Tip: Nora

Author’s Note: Having broken one or more of the following rules in no way excuses a man from following them in the future.
A divorced friend of mine was complaining to me recently about the pool of women available to him here in the coastal Carolina region. His specific complaint was that too many (I think he said “all”) of the women were carrying too much baggage to have a successful relationship. I’m so tired of hearing “men” make this complaint that I’ve made it the subject of today’s column.
The thesis of my rebuttal is... Read More

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Porn-Free Vision

Recovering Smut Addicts Bring Hope to Others
by Jim Graves, Register Correspondent Friday, Oct 15, 2010
OTTAWA, Ontario — After successfully battling an addiction to pornography, Matthew Fradd has dedicated himself to helping others.
“Porn is not just naughty — it’s evil,” said Fradd, a 27-year-old Australian living in Ottawa, Ontario. “It emasculates men, degrades women and destroys marriages.”
Fradd has begun his second year operating his anti-pornography website, ThePornEffect.com. He launched it on Aug. 14, 2009, on the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron of addicts, using $12,000 in seed money donated to him by a priest-friend.
Fradd’s is… Read More

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Freedom from Porn - One CEO Takes a Stand

June 7, 2010
This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship president Mark Earley.
In the never-ending battle of the technological titans, score one for Steve Jobs. No, the CEO of Apple hasn't come out with yet another groundbreaking iProduct, at least not since the iPad.
But he's done something even more extraordinary—he's brought good values into the mix.
Jobs has made it clear that he wants to keep pornography off Apple products as much as possible. Obviously Apple can't control everything its users do, but it can make porn scarcer on its products, and it has done just that.
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True beauty frees from lust

Sunday, July 25, 2010, Adequate Anthropologist

"When beauty is recovered as purity and goodness, the person rejects pornography because there is no longer an attraction to it. The force of true beauty is great and can, even if slowly and imperfectly, replace the corrupt understanding of beauty," John Paul II, Letter to Artists, no.16.

Men, you say you struggle with lust, but what you really struggle with is an understanding of beauty. Discover true Beauty, and you will be freed from your lustful addictions.
Posted by Adequate Anthropologist at 6:00 AM
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Relevant Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2354

Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.

2396

Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

2211

The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:
  • the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family's own moral and religious convictions;
  • the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;
  • the freedom to profess one's faith, to hand it on, and raise one's children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;
  • the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate;
  • in keeping with the country's institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits;
  • the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.;
  • the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority.

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