Pornography

California Boy Scout Battles Porn Scourge in His Community

Enlisting the support of pseudo-science and local law enforcement along the way.

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Porn Kills Love
Fight the New Drug /fightthenewdrug.org

In deciding what he wanted to do for his final project, Parker Johnson—a 15 year old Eagle Scout candidate from Fountain View, Calif.—had initially thought of building a sand volleyball court in his local park.

Until Johnson became aware of a dangerous new drug epidemic sweeping through his school, affecting his classmates and others close to him. The drug? Pornography.

Parker says he was first alerted to the dangers of pornography from social media posts, confirming the scourge through online research and interviews with people damaged by or addicted to erotica.

Wanting to make the maximum impact on his community, he abandoned the volleyball court and launched a website to spread the news of what he calls "a silent threat to the health and well-being of children and teenagers."

The problem is the website is loaded with blatant factual inaccuracies and pseudoscientific papers scourced from groups of discredited anti-porn fantatics.

Most of this misleading or outright wrong information—including the fantastical claim that the $13 billion porn industry dwarfs the $200 billion company, Apple—comes from tbe Utah-based group Fight the New Drug.

Fight the New Drug bills itself as a grassroots "movement for love" looking to "raise awareness about the harmful nature of pornography using only facts, science, and personal accounts." The group started in 2009 as a social media enterprise and quickly graduated to anti-porn speechifying and presentations in high schools across Utah.

In a 'white paper,' How Porn Affects the Brain Like a Drug, faithfully reposted on Johnson's website, the group lays out its simple message that "to your brain, porn has the same effect as drugs."

The same paper claims porn causes a number of other neurological effects associated with drug use, such as an increased tolerance in the user that can only be satisfied by more porn, and withdrawal symptoms when one tries to walk away from the incognito browser window.

That paper also includes congressional testimony from Princeton University Prof. Jeffrey Satinover, who describes porn as a "form of heroin 100 times more powerful than before…injected directly to the brain through the eyes."

These claims, and many others made by the group have attracted a lot of fire for their lack of scientific rigor or factual accuracy.

In 2016, a group of four sex therapists wrote a scathing op-ed in the Salt Lake tribune in response to the group conducting sex education seminars in Utah high schools.

In that op-ed the authors point out the leaders and presenters of FTND are not mental health nor sexuality professionals, lack the needed training or expertise to educate students on these issues, and despite their claims of scientific rigor, make comments that are flat-out false.

"Drugs introduce chemicals into the brain. There is not a single study that demonstrates what neurochemicals are released in the brain when watching porn, nor that these neurochemicals are any different from those released while eating chocolate or watching football," the op-ed said.

Criticism hasn't dampened FTND's sails. Their website boasts of having put on over 400 presentations at schools, and received news coverage from outlets like CNN and NPR.

If anything, their movement might be gaining traction. Reason has previously covered the efforts of Utah lawmakers to label porn as a "public health crisis" and even allow "porn addicts" to sue adult websites. Similar legislation has passed in Virginia and South Dakota.

Which brings us back to Johnson, who has been taking meetings with school board officials, superintendents, religious leaders, and business owners. Johnson has the endorsement of the chief of police in Fountain View, his website says.

All these meetings are part of a broader effort to "begin a conversation about the dangers of pornography," as Johnson puts it. At the same time he is soliciting donations to bring Fight the New Drug to his campus in May, where the group will present their message in person.

With civil society—law enforcement and school officials—getting on board with this project, one wonders when the new drug fight will become the new drug war.

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70 responses to “California Boy Scout Battles Porn Scourge in His Community

  1. I predict that in about 10 years, this kid will be arrested for bestiality with eagles. or chickens. Or cows, horses, doesn’t matter.

    1. Oh, sure, like you didn’t have dumb ideas when you were 15 YO, or like you acted as a 25 YO the same as you did at 15.

      1. We all had dumb ideas at 15.

        It’s just that those who have a desire to preach about the ‘evils’ of sex/porn/being gay have an amazing track record of being caught in the very conduct they decry.

        I predict that in about 10 years, this kid will be arrested for bestiality with eagles. or chickens. Or cows, horses, doesn’t matter.

        Why not all four? Plus dogs and rubber duckies.

      2. I wasn’t a fag when I was15

    1. That’s why Trump loves porn, because, as the protestors following the election told us, Trump hates love. He fuckin’ hates it! It killed his father and gave his mother gout.

  2. This kid has a bright future in politics and also state political news when all his weird sexual shit gets publicized.

  3. “Parker says he was first alerted to the dangers of pornography from social media posts, confirming the scourge through online research and interviews with people damaged by or addicted to erotica.”

    Back in the ’50s, social conservatives expected you to abstain until marriage, but they also expected that you’d get married right out of high school.

    Nowadays, that’s supposedly a surefire way to life as a loser, so you’re supposed to abstain until you get married–but you’re not supposed to get married until . . . you graduate from college and have had some time to focus on your career?

    in the meantime, they don’t even want you to look at it?

    If guys in school didn’t want to see pictures of naked girls anymore, you’d think that might be a cause for alarm among social conservatives.

    And if Baptists and feminists all feel the same about something, it must be awesome.

    1. Back in the ’50s, social conservatives expected you to abstain until marriage, but they also expected that you’d get married right out of high school.

      Nowadays, that’s supposedly a surefire way to life as a loser, so you’re supposed to abstain until you get married–but you’re not supposed to get married until . . . you graduate from college and have had some time to focus on your career?

      I’m sure there are idiots who believe that you should never get married until after college, but they are idiots.

      “But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancee improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.” 1 Corinthians 7:36

      It’s almost like God knows better than those idiots do…

  4. Whether or not it’s true doesn’t matter, we all know the search for objective truth is a tool of the white supremacist patriarchy.

  5. If I were in HS and this kid walked past me in the hallway I would Johnson tap him so hard with the back of my hand that he’d be puking from ball-pain sickness.

    1. I’ll be in my bunk.

    2. “What’s the capital of Thailand? … Bangkok!” *punch to the nuts*

  6. the harmful nature of pornography using only facts, science, and personal accounts.”

    This is self-contradictory. Personal accounts are by definition anecdotal, not scientific data.

  7. Ironic, the moments of my life that most resembled a porn movie all happened during Boy Scouts.

    I presume this child is not married yet. Unless he’s a big fat hypocrite it’s gotta be a pretty unpleasant teenagerhood, especially in the pants region.

    1. Ironic, the moments of my life that most resembled a porn movie all happened during Boy Scouts.

      Your porn and/or love life must really suck.

      1. His scout leader still sends him love letters.

      2. My love life doesn’t typically come with forested scenery or communal showers and only rarely with skinny dipping. That’s all I mean.

        1. For the umpteenth time, there’s no running water in the tents. Why is the plumber here?

            1. He better, or he is gonna hear from Sparky.

        2. I see nothing that, in any way, refutes my previous statement.

  8. the $13 billion porn industry dwarfs the $200 billion company, Apple

    Apple is a $740 billion company.

  9. I just looked at the LA Times article. Took a look at this kid. You foolish little bastard, porn was your best hope.

    1. Funny you mention that, I had the opposite reaction – I was going to say something snarky but then saw his earnest little face and just couldn’t do it. I will say there’s some kind of ick factor to enlisting the help of your 13-year-old sister to fight porn though.

      1. Parents better start a therapy fund right now cause no way this kids stays on the straight and narrow.

        1. As Denis Leary once said (about the drummer for Hanson): “They’re gonna find him in a motel room with a hooker and an eight ball, mark my words.”

    2. Whenever you hear someone screeching about some moral issue, be it gay marriage or abortion or porn, often all one has to do is look in their closet to find that very thing. We hate in others what we despise in ourselves. I bet this kid went to redtube, fapped, and feels bad about it. He shouldn’t. It’s natural.

      1. gay marriage or abortion or porn

        One of these things/Is not like the other

      2. Right just like Reason posters hate themselves from blowing cops left and right and come on here to working out their self-hatred.

        What’s that this doesn’t go both ways- your screeching moralism is the good kind.

  10. confirming the scourge through online research

    I bet he did.

  11. I’m guessing this little busy-body in training is really popular at his school. /sarc

  12. Parker says he was first alerted to the dangers of pornography from social media posts, confirming the scourge through online research…

    I suspect this kid discovered online pornography, got “hooked” on it, and now he’s decided to start a moral crusade out of feelings of guilt. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds him in a closet with a laptop covered in semen a ghost’s ecto-plasma.

    1. We really do hate in others what we despise in ourselves.

    2. It is only a matter of time before someone finds you blowing a cop too then right? Because you screech inscentsntly about cops. So you must secretly want to blow cops right?

  13. But does Twitter care? If Twitter doesn’t care, why should anyone?

    1. Twitter is just a platform last time I heard.

  14. Someone needs to spank this Johnson.

  15. Somebody – not me – ask him if he wants to take up sword-fighting.

  16. Epic futility. Porn has been around since men could draw on cave walls. The second book printed on Gutenberg’s printing press after the Bible was a book of naughty drawings.

    1. A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally I’d mud wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock, and a sack of French porn.

    2. Citation please.

    3. +1 69er caveman art.

    4. Gutenberg’s press was for printing words. Reproduction of images via woodcut was already well advanced.

      So, the 2nd book off the presses was more along the lines of a crudely illustrated penthouse forums.

      “You’ll never believe what happened when I stopped off at the fishwife’s yesterday….”

      [Image of a ‘Yorkshire Clam Bake’]

  17. New drug? Young Mr. Johnson has a lot to learn about the history of pornography.

  18. Parker says he was first alerted to the dangers of pornography from social media posts, confirming the scourge through online research and interviews with people damaged by or addicted to erotica.

    No, Mom & Dad, I’m not watching porn, I’m researching porn! Duh!

  19. “Most of this misleading or outright wrong information….comes from tbe Utah-based group Fight the New Drug.”

    Nuke Utah yet another time, again.

  20. LOL. Yeah what 15yo isn’t. Jesus. And yeah the UTAH comment beat me to it, because they are the most perverted and the most conservative.

    It’s always the super Christians that are the most messed up. It’s like they are compensating or something

    1. Wow libertarians sure abandon that whole don’t judge people on a collective basis when it helps then virtue signal.

    2. Not sure what a “super Christian” is, but they would likely know:

      “It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” 1 Corinthians 5:12

      And:

      “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

      Ephesians 2:8-9

      So this whole “do good or bad stuff will happen” is meaningless if it doesn’t address the person’s beliefs. So what you call “super Christians” are actually (likely) not “Christian” at all, or they are the most immature of Christian.

  21. I’m really sorry that you’re very gay Parker. Don’t fuck it up for your friends though.

  22. Oh so this reminds me of this. I have a 13yo cousin and he used to video call me up everyday (was helping him with his math), and for a week or two I didn’t hear from him. He finally calls and I say “hey is everything alright? It’s been a while”

    “Well my laptop’s been messed up. A week or two ago, I was playing a game or something, or I don’t know what I was doing, then all of a sudden my computer started acting weird”

    I looked at the screen and said “I know *exactly* what you were doing!”

    Oh the look on that face -priceless: “……. NOOOOOOooooooo”

  23. Sorry Rico Suave and all the rest of you Reason lefty shitbags making a living pretending to be libertarians. Your young Bernie Sanders wannabe didn’t get the job done down in Georgia. Better luick next time. *

    * Not to be taken literally. What I mean is, here’s to continued bad luck to you douchenozzles, again and again and again and again and again.

    1. When you are feeling down,
      All around you people brown,
      Can’t seem to shake that frown,
      Or liquor your sorrows drown,
      You better head on down,
      To cuckaschmuck town!

  24. I tried to read this but theOMGLOKKABOOBIE.

  25. Evidently this kid didn’t get the email; the scouts gave up the “morally straight” part of the oath.

    1. ^This^

      Mentally awake should probably be changed to just ‘woke’ too so there’s no confusion.

  26. When libertarians pretend that you can oppose things morally all you want on your own just don’t bring the state into it they are lying.

    Reasons line is jackbooted cops can use the threat of violence to force you to bake a cake for a gay couple but a 15 year old kid can’t articulate reasons why you shouldn’t consume pornogroaphy. It seems to me the people with issues are the ones that can’t stand even the suggestion that your hours a day porn consumption maybe isn’t that great.

    Liddle libertarian snowflakes cry when someone criticizes their precious porn.

    1. Reason wasn’t for forcing them to make the cake was it?

  27. I don’t understand this. It’s just some kid trying to do what he thinks is the right thing. If and when he starts proposing legislation, then write an article. Are his claims overstated? Yes. Is there a non-zero possibility that over consumption of porn is negatively affecting someone’s life somewhere? Yes. We should be encouraging civic activism because when its mocked or shouted down it gets replaced with legislative activism.

    1. Are his claims overstated? Yes.

      Done. Enough said. From this point forward, you’ve effectively stated that his cause, at least in part, is based in fraud. Were his civic activism targeted to towards the porn addicted or the likely to be porn addicted, you might have some manner of point. As is, you’re suggesting that we should be support something that may be entirely or nearly entirely fraud foisted on people against their will *and* without regard for any real benefit(s).

      Far worse, IMO, than the scope creep from civic to legislative activism is the slurring of (pseudo-)scientific (brains! chemicals! drugs! porn!) and civic activism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of the latter, but the former is a far more prolific and nefarious facilitator of all of the above.

  28. Porn was the reason Al Gore created the internet – inconvenient truth…

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