Real Issue is Porn – Not Jones

Family First NZ says that the real issue surrounding the use of credit cards by former Labour Minister Shane Jones is the justified concern that taxpayers are indirectly funding pornography.

“The media and the public are right to be concerned about a former Cabinet minister accessing porn in hotel rooms but the real issue is far wider than that. It’s time that we acknowledged the harm that pornography does to families, men and marriages,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“The indignation being shown towards Shane Jones needs to be redirected towards the increased availability and exposure of pornography – not just in hotel rooms but on free to air television, radio, billboards, in print, and when and where children can be exposed to it.”

“It’s everywhere, and that must change.”

“Pornography has a damaging effect on intimacy, love, and respect and at its worst, leads to sex role stereotyping, viewing persons as sexual objects, and family breakdown.”

Research at Australia’s La Trobe University recently concluded ‘This is not about couples going to the porn store to spice up their sex lives. Men in growing numbers are using porn in ways that are secret, shameful and damaging. It is having a damaging impact on intimacy and sexuality’.

Research has also shown that children who are exposed to pornography develop skewed ideas about sex and sexuality, which lead to negative stereotypes of women, sexual activity at a young age, and increased aggression in boys.

“This is not the time to point the finger at Shane Jones although it is fair to say that red blooded males don’t need porn. But it is the time to point the finger at the pornography industry which has had free reign up until now to pollute our minds and harm our families,” says Mr McCoskrie
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