We’re taking a stand against pornography

We really like Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch’s book Pretty Neat, which advises all of us to give up trying to be perfect.

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, Rockmore and Welch stress that it’s impossible for real people to live in a fantasy world of “color-coordinated closets and pristine kitchens.” They conclude that there is no way achieve that kind of perfection “unless you have enough time to make organization a full-time job.”

Instead, they suggest that we all should strive to be “pretty neat” and make conscious decisions about our “good enough” goals.

What does all of this have to do with pornography? Rockmore and Welch cleverly define that perfect world of “color-coordinated closets and pristine kitchens” as “org porn.”

I’ve been thinking about that term, and it makes me feel very uncomfortable.

In my counseling practice, I have worked with people who are addicted to pornography, and I know that there is nothing clever or funny about pornography.  I know how pornography can damage people.

Am I overreacting? No, I am not. I don’t take pornography lightly, and I don’t want anyone else to take it lightly.  

One in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they become adults, says Enough Is Enough, which works to make the Internet safer for children.  The organization believes that “offline sex abuse is fueled by pedophiles unprecedented access to child pornography.”

Joy and I both are trying to find a middle ground in our battle against clutter. But we’ve decided to define that “pretty neat” middle ground as somewhere between hoarding and org perfect.

We want you to know that we’re taking a firm stand against pornography. In the same way that we don’t think sexist jokes or racist jokes are funny, we want to make it clear that we don’t think pornography is ever clever or funny.


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