Outline of the article
The article discusses the main points of the statement released by the U.S. C.B titled “Create in Me a Clean Heart.” The primary point in the article is that pornography is a structure of sin. The author indicates that “As they argue, pornography is both harmful and sinful” (McCabe) and provides points supporting this topic. To start with, the article indicates that one of the main reasons why the bishops consider pornography as immoral is due to its pervasiveness, difficulty to remove, and its adverse effects in society. The writer notes the bishops’ concern on how hypersexualization has been normalized in the American culture as a result of pornography. The Internet has facilitated the rise and easy access to porn which has led to a “porn culture” (McCabe).
Additionally, the author indicates that according to the bishops, pornography undermines humanity, making others to be perceived as objects of sex. Sexual objectification may be particularly bad for women as they might reduce themselves to sexual objects where society will start seeing women as beings for sexual use. Drawing from Donna Freitas reading, In The End Of Sex, the article notes how pornography has promoted sexual culture on campus where “college students engage in a range of sexual activities without expectation of any form of commitment” (McCabe). The article further indicates that pornography has also negatively influenced the manner in which people party. For instance, most parties use themes that not only paint a picture of pornography in reality but also encourage women to put on clothes that convey their sexual availability.
Another major point raised in the article regarding the effects of pornography is violence. As the writer indicates, “Third, the U.S.C.C. B. highlights the connection between pornography and violence against women” (McCabe). The author discusses how many pornographic films depict physical as well as verbal violence which often goes unaddressed since it is presented as a sexual material, leading to the normalization of sexual violence. What is more, the article argues that the portrayal of violence in pornography can make the male viewers believe in the myths about rape, drawing from Malamuth’s studies. Malamuth research proposed that men who watch violent pornography see aggression as an erotic sexuality expression but not as abuse.
The final points raised by the bishops concerned pornography desensitization. The author indicates that watching the same kind of content leads to boredom and to remain as customers, viewers need more intricate and violent material. This consequently makes them embrace violent sexual acts. The article further says that bishops’ document was mainly concerned with lust and chastity. However, the bishops should have addressed the normalization of sexual violence towards women since it is the main concern as it would make us see the need to respond to this social injustice.
Personal thoughts and ideas
In my view, I concur with the article on pornography being a structure of sin. More specifically, I agree with the bishops’ claim that pornography is sinful and destructive. I can draw on real-life example to support that pornography is immoral and what is more, has negative consequences on its viewers. For instance, many people who start watching sex films find it difficult to stop. In other words, pornography is addictive. In addition, pornography is sinful in the sense that it leads to lust which is contrary to the scripture.
The main disagreement I have regarding this article is the portrayal of pornography as the main reason behind sexual objectification for women. Even though the increased availability of sexual films has changed the way we see sex to some extent, I think that stereotyping is largely responsible for the perception of women as sexual objects. Throughout history, men have always considered women as weak beings who have no say even when it comes to matters of sex.
I liked the fact that the article clearly articulated the main argument from the document released by the bishops titled, Create in Me a Clean Heart. The author discussed the bishops’ major concerns as to why they view pornography as a structure of sin. The support provided for the article’s thesis was also great as it enables one to better understand the argument.
The only thing I disliked about the article is how the author criticizes the bishops’ document in the end. She says that the document should not have concentrated on lust but addressing social injustice against women. Even though criticism is good, I think the writer should have deeply discussed her contrasting points so as not to confuse the reader.
The article was biased since it mainly focused on the effects of pornography on women. Pornography is watched by all the genders and it affects men too. As such, the article should have provided some effects of watching sex films on men. What is more, the largest part of the article was about how pornography promotes violence but little information was provided on its other adverse effects.
McCabe, Megan K. “create in me a just heart: treating pornography as a structure of sin. America.