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What’s the harm in pornography? A new documentary explores its effects

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Fight the New Drug wants to free society from pornography's addictive grasp.

A new three-part documentary has been released by the non-profit organization Fight the New Drug with the hope of raising awareness of the scourge of pornography, an addiction that has affected this generation greatly.

The feature, “Brain, Heart, World,” was released in three parts and each 30-minute segment explores a different aspect of life in which pornography has a negative influence: the individual mind, personal relationships, and society as a whole.

Of the work, Clay Olsen, president and co-founder of Fight the New Drug, said that it was started with the hope that it may reach more people than their previous efforts of seminars and presentations. He told CNA:

“We started Fight the New Drug 10 years ago and the intention has always been to bring education and awareness to the younger generation, to help them make more educated decisions on the topic, knowing that this was an issue that was impacting a generation like no other generation in human history.”

Olsen went on to discuss the content of the documentary:

“[Episode] one focuses on the brain, educates individuals on the potential harmful impact of pornography to individuals and neurologically. Episode two is on the heart and impact to relationships, connections, and love. [The last episode,] the world, explores the larger societal impact of pornography and what we can do to combat it collectively.”

The feature has been seen by test audiences in a variety of settings — family members at home, students at universities, parishioners at churches, and members of other organizations. Reactions to the eye-opening documentary have been positive, with many viewers from all walks of life calling it “phenomenal.”

Some previewers expressed their surprise at the third installment, which explores pornography’s role in human trafficking. Olsen explained that many do not realize the extent of pornography’s grip on modern culture.

“It really has more to do with where they are at in their life and their interests and maybe personal experiences that have made them more curious about a particular topic. That’s really what we were hoping for – that each episode would be able to connect with different people for different reasons.”

Olsen says that the motivation behind the documentary and his organization is not to fight against pornography, but to build a healthier life and a society that can be free of this addictive element.

“We must engage, we must step in and help raise the collective awareness of our communities and our culture so we can create a groundswell of momentum toward more healthy living, healthy relationships, and healthy society,” he said.

“Rather than fighting against pornography, Fight the New Drug and this documentary is far more about fighting for real love, real connection, and real relationships.”

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