Porn and Recovery

One of my roles here at work is pull together a new website.  This is not a post about website design.  It is a post about porn.

As I was doing my design work I was sketching how our Recovery context should be structured as well as what associated images I wanted to include on these webpages.  It is difficult to find good images for “12 Step” based programs because of anonymity and generally a level of cheesiness that goes along with stock photos.

As any good – and frugal – web designer would do I went to Google to find images.  In my image search engine I wrote “Addiction Support” thinking that I would be inundated with images of silhouetted people reaching upwards to the sun, AA logos, serenity prayers written in Papyrus font on a weathered beach background and the ever-popular clipart circle of shadow people sitting in chairs.  I did find these images…but I found many, many, many, many more pornographic images.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many thumbnails of cocks and boobs in my entire life!  Each image has tags for: addiction recovery, support group, AA, etc.  The websites that provide this pornographic content were strategic in adding these tags in order to direct internet traffic to their sites.

The irony is astounding that anyone who is seeking help for addictions – presumably drugs and/or alcohol – would not directly find that support but would instead find another addictive substance (sex) to address their craving and need for release.  Imagine a strung out addict who is trying to find support for his/her destructive behaviour – fighting their cravings for a fix or a drink – to be offered this “release” instead.

Now – I’m not a crazy “anti-porn”, “anti-sex” dude.  I don’t buy into that fear mongering that the healthy sexuality has to look a certain way or preclude things like pornography, sex toys, or whatnot…but come on…that’s just despicable.  There should be an ethical imperative to not support this type of connection between addictions and pornography – just like the connection between addictions and drugs/alcohol needs to be respected.

Shame on you internet porn providers.  We want your T & A but not at the expense of AA!

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