Why the Goal of the Phrase “Porn Kills Love” Isn’t to Shame

By KC

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Fight the New Drug is an awareness organization educating about the harms of pornography on individuals, relationships, and society. We share research, facts, and personal accounts to help promote understanding for various aspects of this multi-faceted issue. Our goal is to maintain an environment where all individuals can have healthy and productive conversations about this issue, while acknowledging that this issue can impact any person or relationship differently.

Since Fight The New Drug was founded over a decade ago, we’ve set out to change the conversations on porn in society and educate on its harmful effects. Given that porn is often a “taboo” topic in society, we’ve been a witness to and started some life-changing and challenging conversations.

After all, having open, honest, shame-free conversations about porn’s harms is a key objective in this movement.

Over the years, a common question we’ve seen has to do with our signature phrase, “Porn Kills Love.” You’ve probably seen it printed on our hats, tees, and stickers or shared on social media as a way to raise awareness about the harms of porn.

Related: The Science Behind The Slogan: How Exactly Can Porn Kill Love?

For some, this phrase comes across as shaming, although this absolutely is not and has never been our intent as an organization. In fact, for those who understand its meaning the way it’s intended, it can be educational, empowering, and effective.

Does “Porn Kills Love” shame consumers?

Decades of research from major institutions supported by countless personal accounts from people all over the world confirm that porn is, in fact, not harmless, and we wouldn’t be doing society a service by saying it is. All someone has to do is evaluate the existing research on porn to understand that this issue is bigger than what you might normally hear about porn being a tool to “express sexuality” or “spice up relationships.”

Related: Here’s Why Those Who Struggle With Porn Aren’t Bad People

“Porn Kills Love” is in impactful statement that is meant to spark awareness and motivate a change in perspective in our porn-saturated world. It encompasses, in a simplified statement, what the research is saying about porn’s impact on society as a whole, as well as individuals and their ability and/or desire to healthfully bond with others.

Our declaration is “Porn Kills Love” not that “insert consumer’s name” kills love. Our message is directed at porn itself, not at the person who consumes it. In fact, consider how most porn consumers have no idea that porn is harmful—and why would they? We live in a world where porn is completely normalized, celebrated, and even promoted.

Many times, when someone who regularly looks at porn finds our awareness campaign for the first time, they’re able to understand for themselves the big picture of how porn has negatively affected them. This is why we direct our awareness campaign to educate about the harmful effects of porn as a product so individuals can make an educated decision for themselves, not as a campaign aimed at making consumers “feel bad” about engaging with it. How persuasive would a shame-driven campaign be, especially given the research that says feeling shame fuels hypersexual behavior, including porn consumption?

Related: Fighting Against Both Porn & Shame Is More Than Possible, It’s Necessary

Do we want every individual to experience deeper connections, confidence, and a sense of control in their lives? Absolutely, and recognizing porn for the toxic influence it is can be a great first step to change. And those changes in behavior may spark feelings that motivate healthier changed behavior. Ultimately, that process and those feelings must come from within the consumer them self as they understand how porn can be harmful.

That being said, “Porn Kills Love” has been used as a weapon to shame—sometimes unintentionally by well-meaning anti-porn advocates—but we do not endorse that kind of dialogue, and we do not intend for it to be shaming, ever.

Does “Porn Kills Love” shame people in the industry?

It’s no secret that the porn industry is responsible for producing a product that’s damaging to consumers as well as themselves. But while “Porn Kills Love” is directed at the industry as a whole and the product of porn itself, that doesn’t mean it should be used to shame individuals involved in its production.

We don’t intend to allow the dark secrets within the industry to remain hidden by removing shame. However, the weight of porns harms clearly can’t be placed on one person or one performer alone. This is a complex issue with many players and contributors—some of whom aren’t in the industry by choice, or are coerced, manipulated, or forced to do more than they signed up for.

Related: How Shaming And Victim-Blaming Porn Performers Adds To Their Mistreatment

While we do intend to raise awareness on the harm porn inflicts on consumers, their relationships, and the trafficking and abuse within the industry, “Porn Kills Love” isn’t intended to shame individuals—whether inside or outside of the industry.

Why we use “Porn Kills Love” for positive change

Helping people recognize that porn is harmful isn’t about shaming them, it’s about inviting them to truly consider how porn impacts their life.

Recognizing porn’s harms can inspire a perspective shift that makes porn less appealing, and makes life happier, healthier, and better connected without it—both for individuals and their relationships, and those who are harmed in the production of porn.

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We understand that “Porn Kills Love” can come across as shaming in certain contexts, and—no matter how well-intended—this is not healthy or helpful, nor is it what our organization promotes.

The positive impact of “Porn Kills Love” continues to outweigh the negative, and we’ll only continue to see improvement as we better society’s understanding of what this message really means.

After all, everyone is deserving of love, everyone has the capacity to make positive change in their lives, and everyone deserves more than porn.

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