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Pornification Nation

Pornification Nation

Modern-day abolitionist Lisa Thompson talks about the disturbing impact of our hypersexualized culture—and what she hopes you'll do about it.
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Eleven years ago, Lisa Thompson prayed for a passion, a cause she could champion. Formerly an office manager for a private investigator and an English teacher in China, Lisa was looking for her life's calling.

Today Lisa, 37, serves as The Salvation Army's Liaison for the Abolition of Sex Trafficking. She travels the globe to raise awareness, lobbies U.S. government officials from her Washington, D.C.-area office, and maintains a list-serve to provide thousands of people updates and information. For the latter task, she combs through dozens of sex-trafficking articles each day, educating herself—as well as others through her regular e-mails—about the latest cases, trends, and legislation regarding trafficking, the second-largest criminal industry in the world.

To say God answered Lisa's passion prayer is almost an understatement.

But her life's calling as a modern-day abolitionist, tackling everything from female genital mutilation to new disturbing pornography trends, doesn't make for easy family-gathering or church-lobby conversation. At one holiday get-together, a relative made a crack about the "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" TV ad slogan. "When I asked him not to say that," Lisa recalls, "somebody told me to lighten up. I thought, If only you knew what really happens in Vegas, you wouldn't joke about it. I was upset." Lisa also gets fired up about rapper Snoop Dogg, Maxim magazine, and advertisements for retailing giant Abercrombie & Fitch.

Lisa's not a killjoy, and she's not looking for a fight. She's just aware of the devastating impact Vegas culture, rap stars, fashion magazines, and the advertising industry have on women, national sexual mores, and even sex trafficking.

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"When women wake up to what culture's doing to their husbands, children, and themselves, hopefully they'll take action."

"American culture presents women as sexually available anywhere, anytime," Lisa explains. "If you look at fashion, literature, advertising, and entertainment, you see what some experts call the 'pornification' of culture."

Lisa cites as one example the recent popularity of stripping—from stripper-pole workouts at gyms and a recent Oprah episode encouraging stripping to "release your inner sexpot," to the rap song "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)." Lisa asks, "When did stripping move into the mainstream?"

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Kimberley Gehring

March 01, 2014  11:59am

I worked in amsterdam for ten years and I can tell you that is a city that is pornified. It isn't only in the red light district, you find porn in the grocery stores, the tourists shops, it's everything. They are trying to pass if off as normal and for many it is normal. Purity is not even considered anymore. Thanks for writing this article, more people need to realize the extent of the problem everywhere!

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monique Jezierski

August 22, 2008  8:00pm

I have watched very little of the Olympics because I find it degrading to females.....today the female track runners are running in their panties, the girl gymnasts have their asses hanging out & their genital barely covered the beach volleyball players are scantily clad.... they should dress like the men & not expose themselves .....we know they are incredible athletes & they should dress as such and dress for respect.

monique jezierski

August 19, 2008  6:55am

girls & women should say enough of the exploitation from the Victoria Secrets Lingerie show on t.v. to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to skimpy outfits on cheerleaders ...It is all EXPLOITATION which can lead to sex trafficking & violence to females.

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