I randomly encountered a story concerning one of the internet’s leading databases for smut, YouPorn, sponsoring an eSports team and immediately dismissed it as the kind of joke story one would find on The Onion. Sure enough, “Team YP” turns out to be a real thing.
I have to concede that this is a good marketing move for a website like YouPorn, because now they have us talking about them even on a Christian website. Think of this as a move similar to what cigarette companies used to do back in the day, making cigarettes look cool despite the side effects having catastrophic effects on the human respiratory system.
I also have to concede that this is good for the team formerly known as Play2Win, a team hardly anyone knows, because now they have a sponsor which are difficult to secure as eSports is still a fledgeling industry that has yet to be recognized by the big sponsors that support traditional sports such as football and basketball.
Those are the only two positive things that I can think about concerning this story.
I was contemplating taking the obvious route, which is discussing how pornography falls under the category of sexual immorality, and how producing and consuming porn is a sin before God. But everyone already knows this—yes, everyone, which is why in modern times, it is much easier to downplay analogous sins that fall under this category of “sexual immorality” such as fornication and adultery, or pretend that God does not exist rather than address the moral ramifications of sexual “liberation.”
But I’m not going to do that, because many other venues have done the legwork already. Of course, because it is Christ-centered and aided me in becoming sober from pornography as I have already discussed in previous writings, I favor Celebrate Recovery.
Arguably even more encouraging is that the secular world has come to recognize pornography as the perversion that is is. One of my favorite modern blogs is Fight the New Drug, which is dedicated to the mission of enlightening the youths targeted by the adult industry as to how pornography is destructive to the brain, relationships, and the world. In brief summary, pornography creates for the brain “instant satisfaction” through chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin, and the brain becomes used to these extreme bursts. Like all addictions, the brain becomes used to the “spike,” and requires larger doses to get the same effect, leading to increased porn usage or increased risky behavior. That leads to relationships where those in porn find it normal to have more than one sexual partner, or engage in unnatural sexual practices (let’s just say that God made men and women with compatible body parts and some folks want to use them where they ain’t). Pornography are not “how to have sex” instructional videos because they are actors and actresses performing just that–an act, but many (especially young) viewers may believe that it is real rather than spectacle, and want to reenact with their partners. If feelings of inadequacy did not surface before this behavior, it most certainly will afterward because the actors and actresses are recruited because they represent unrealistic standards for beauty. Of course, porn also influences people to believe that sex is the apex of all relationships. It’s not. Lastly, especially for the actresses, the world is a recruiting stage, and the porn industry influences human trafficking.
Note that I never indicated that porn is a problem for just men. Women struggle with porn too. Both are target audiences.
So I pray for those who may be like I once was. Even references to porn would send me reeling. Now those who play DotA 2, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, CoD: Advanced Warfare and League of Legends will be inundated with this subliminal messaging, and many of them are kids who are not adults.