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Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly (2017)

"Like it or not, porn is here and it is harmful."

The film, narrated by Metallica front man James Hetfield, focuses on the threat that current day Pornography and Technology poses to our children, our marriages, our families and our society.


The title comes from one of the experiments of Nobel Laureate Nikolaas Tinbergen, a Dutch biologist and ornithologist. A major body of Tinbergen's research focused on what he termed the supernormal stimulus. This was the concept that one could build an artificial object which was a stronger stimulus or releaser for an instinct than the object for which the instinct originally evolved. He constructed cardboard dummy butterflies with more defined markings that male butterflies would try to mate with in preference to real females. The super stimulus, by its exaggerations, clearly delineated what characteristics were eliciting the instinctual response.


From the IMDB website:


“Like it or not, porn is here and it is harmful. In this controversial film, award-winning filmmaker Justin Hunt dissects the impact of pornography on societies around the globe, from how it affects the brain of the individual, to how modern technology leads to greater exposure to youth, to watching it literally tear a family apart. In what may well be one of the most devastating issues in modern culture, this film will break down the damage that porn is doing to us a human race and leave you thinking that it's clearly time that we start taking porn addiction a bit more seriously.”


The film itself had been deliberately created to be shown across a broad audience. It does describe a couple of explicit examples, but no sexual imagery.


Statistics cited in the film:

  • 68% of men view pornography at least once a week

  • One in five searches on mobile devices are for pornography

  • Average age to begin searching for pornography is 10 year old

  • 88% of sexual acts portrayed are abusive/violent toward women

  • 17% of women look at pornography at work

  • 58% of divorces involve pornography

  • One of three women are viewing hardcore pornography

  • Alcohol & Drugs leave the body after use, pornographic images stay

A few of the concepts addressed in the film:

  • For young people learning about healthy sexual relationships in an age appropriate manner takes time, while on-line pornography compresses that timeline, distorting and negatively modifying their perceptions of what healthy sexuality is

  • Online pornography use is mostly associated with boredom, loneliness, anger, anxiety, and sadness

  • Pornography values youth, beauty, and body shape

  • Women feel immense pressure to measure up to the never ending supply of new partners available at the click of a mouse

  • Pornography is a marriage destroyer

We at Freein13 are committed to the mission of liberating our loved ones from pornography by educating a supporting families, users, and ecclesiastical leaders. We are committed to doing everything our power to combat the coming tsunami of broken marriages, sexual violence, and social disintegration coming as a result of this modern day “plague”.

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