THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
By John L. Harmer, Chairman
THE SEX INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
AMERICA’S SECRET COMBINATION
With this newsletter you will find a flyer regarding the most recent publication from THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY, entitled, The SEX INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, America’s Secret Combination. Our purpose in publishing this book is to bring together in one place a summary of the way in which the corporate entities that are profiting from the production, distribution, and financing of pornography support each other and use presumably independent entities such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU to protect themselves. We also present the huge costs in terms of individual and family tragedy, as well as the community burdens of taxpayer’s expenses for police, medical care, and rehabilitation that are the results of the epidemic of pornography consumption.
The Sex Industrial Complex also presents a summary of the most recent scientific studies that hold the key to obliterating much of the production and distribution of pornography. When this key is turned it will take away the billions of dollars of profit that the corporate Sex Industrial Complex obtains each year from the production and distribution of pornography. That profit potential is removed when these scientific studies regarding the damage to the human brain from pornography are presented in a court of law. When the jury in such a future trial holds the producers, distributors and financiers of pornography liable for the injuries that their products have caused and awards punitive damages to the plaintiffs then the financial incentive to produce pornography will no longer be there.
The review of this book that was written by Victor Cline, PhD, an eminent clinical psychologist, is totally accurate wherein he said, “This is a book that every parent should read.” Our hope is that you will immediately respond by using the enclosed order form to purchase a copy of the book for your own home and one or more copies to present to family, friends, ecclesiastical leaders, and public officials who need to understand how the secret combination of The Sex Industrial Complex is conspiring to enslave millions of others into an addiction to pornography.
SAVE THE DATE – TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2008
On Tuesday, May 8th, the Lighted Candle Society will hold its annual “Guardian Of The Light” award dinner. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be the Most Reverend George Niederauer, the Arch-Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco. Our program will also include a report from one of the attorneys who is responsible for our litigation against the producers and distributors of “pay per view” cable TV pornography. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE OF 8 MAY, 2008.
MARKETING PORNOGRAPHY TO WOMEN
On several occasions we have reported on the ways in which the Sex Industrial Complex have engaged in various schemes to induce women into becoming consumers of pornography. In the last few weeks we have received some current information that confirms the validity of our prior warnings that the sex industry is succeeding with their marketing strategy.
A poll conducted by what bills itself as “…the world’s most visited Christian website” asserts that a surprising number of women who regard themselves as “active practicing Christians” have become dependent upon if not addicted to pornography. The poll results were tallied from over one thousand responses. “The poll results indicate that twenty percent (20%) of all Christian women are addicted to pornography,” said Clay Jones, President of Second Glance Ministries. The group defines “addicted” as applied to pornography as “…use on an ongoing basis.” The poll used a self selected sample, and thus it is not qualified to be regarded as a scientific study. Nonetheless, the responses are a matter of great concern.
Two of the consultants retained by The Lighted Candle Society recently went to a large city in the southeastern United States to meet with various administrators and clinicians who carry out therapy for people with sexual addictions. The results of these meetings were surprising in terms of the vastly increased numbers of women who are coming to these clinics for help with regard to an addiction to pornography. In every instance the professional therapists involved reported a very disturbing increase in the number of women who are coming to them for treatment in overcoming an addiction to pornography.
More than twenty years ago the Sex Industrial Complex began a systemic pattern of seeking to expand their consumer base to include more women. Girls in their mid and late teens were especially targeted with a campaign based on the assertion that they would never succeed in romance if they could not engage in sex like a female porn star. The major pornography producers took out advertisements in slick magazines that were especially written for the teen-age female market in which clothing styles that were sexually provocative were intensely promoted. Articles began appearing in most of the women’s magazines that were increasingly satiated with erotic content. The articles invariably conveyed the message that romantic happiness and fulfillment could be most readily found by women who were able to engage in sexual intimacy designed to gratify the carnal desires of the individual presented as the “typical man.”
A recent local newspaper carried the review of a book written by one individual who had been deceived by this campaign. The book was written by a woman now in her early thirties who recites how she was persuaded by the continuous presentation in motion pictures, television, and slick magazines of unrestrained sexual permissiveness that this indeed was the secret to a fulfilling life. Only after many years of continual disappointment did she finally come to the realization that the harvest in her life of sexual permissiveness was not one of happiness nor fulfillment, but one of despair.
The Internet and the daily fare of insipid “sex soap operas” on television have done much to enable women who might otherwise have remained aloof from the enticements of pornography to become enmeshed in its web. Research indicates that it is the women in the workplace who are using the Internet and “pay per view” adult films on cable television who are fueling the growth of pornographic consumption among women. A recent article in the New York Times contained the following comment:
“While women have long been involved in the sex industry as providers and consumers, their participation now has become more of an economic phenomenon, largely because of the Internet. In fact, experts say, the Internet has been a major factor in unleashing women’s interest in all things sexual. Surveys by Nielsen/Net Ratings, which measures Internet audience, have found that women account for more than a quarter of all visitors to sites with adult content. ComScore Media Metrix, an Internet research firm, has found even higher female demand for adult sites –42 percent of all visitors in January – with the highest rate among women ages 18 to 34.” (The New York Times, 20 February, 2004)
The dramatic increase in the last twenty years of professional women who travel in their occupations has also had an effect upon the phenomenon of the increased number of women seeking therapeutic assistance in escaping the clutches of a pornography addiction. All across the United States the hotels in which these women are guests are finding that their clients are insistent upon having access to pornographic “pay per view” television. “Many guests are choosing the racy stuff,” says Leonard Sabal, president of Cabil Corporation, which helps hotels bill for in-room entertainment. “It’s a major business in the U.S. hotel market – approximately $500 million a year. Typically, 50% to 60% of pay per view hotel sales involve adult products,” he says. “Explicitness has increased because the customers want it.”
In our newsletter of January 2007 we identified some of the “mega-trends” which have brought us to the current state of saturation in our culture of explicit sex. With regard to the increased number of women who now seek medical and psychological therapy to heal them of the results of being seduced into sexual permissiveness by the Sex Industrial Complex, we can add one other powerful force that was not noted in last month’s newsletter. Consider the following comment from a recent newsletter from the Howard Center:
“A group of historians met at a conference in Washington, D.C. At one point the conversation turned to the question: Over the course of the 20th century, what ideology has enjoyed the greatest success. What worldview had been most influential in reshaping ideas, attitudes, and institutions? We considered the last flowering and then the ruin of monarchism in the fires of World War I, and the rise and eventual defeat of Fascism, Naziism, and Japanese Imperialism, the Bolshevik victory in Russia and the spread of Communism to Eastern Europe…the re-emergence of a militant Islam in the latter decades of the century, and so on. But in the end, we concluded that the greatest success had been registered by a surprise candidate: the ideology known as liberal or equity feminism.” (The Howard Center publication, The Family In America, November 2003.)
The above quoted comment from the Howard Center publication overlooks the incredible impact of the Sex Industrial Complex in terms of its influence in “reshaping ideas, attitudes, and institutions.” The fact remains that the feminist movement has also been an unintended ally to the work of the Sex Industrial Complex. By denigrating the ideal of the traditional family, the separate but equal roles of husbands and wives in providing the nation with its most powerful stabilizing entity, the nuclear family, the feminist movement also aided and abetted the conspiracy of the Sex Industrial Complex in creating a market for pornography among women. The ultimate irony of that fact is that no single force has done more to denigrate women than the Sex Industrial Complex. The continual message of pornography is that women are objects, creatures intended to be exploited for the base carnal satisfaction of men. What a travesty that women have been deluded into financially buying into that lie.
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