I was trying to think of a Google query I could make that wouldn’t result in porn:
“the holy bible king james version”
As funny and ironic as BiblePorn™ is, this exercise is disheartening on a few different levels:
a) Level of ease.
When I was a kid, I had to actually go outside and FIND porn. Usually in a vacant field. I’m not saying that porn was healthier back then. But at least there was a mild amount of exercise and exploration involved.
b) The obvious level.
The word “porn” affiliated with the word “Bible” may be considered offensive to millions of people.
c) The level that is the point of this article.
Where do we draw the line?
I understand that parents don’t want their kids exposed to porn in general—let alone while researching their fifth grade English essay.
I was visiting family recently and their internet service provider had an option that blocked “inappropriate” sites. In the few days I was there, I noticed it blocked a number of sites that I needed to access that weren’t the least bit inappropriate. Yet, had I been writing this article then, I have no doubt I could have looked for porn and been successful.
The kids will always find it. They are, for the most part, way smarter than parents—especially when it comes to technology. And the porn industry will always find ways around attempts to thwart them.
Instead of scrambling to protect children from pornography—educate them about sexuality. I won’t go into the scientific studies done around the subject of the benefits of a healthy sexuality (you can have your own fun Googling that).
Could it be that we have it backwards?
In America, watching countless TV shows and movies depicting violence and murder is as commonplace as lettuce, yet the sight or mention of something as beautiful and natural as the human body leaves people cringing in protest—burning books.
Given the freedom to make choices, children and adults alike become active participants in their lives, rather than subjects. Making choices is how we discover what works for us as individuals. It’s how we evolve. It’s how we move from someone else’s vision of what we are—to who we are.
Germany’s Autobahn is one of the safest roads in the world—a road without speed limits.