Alyssa Milano stood outside of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office on Tuesday. She was hoping for a confrontation where she could convince him not to sign the so-called heartbeat bill that would effectively eliminate all abortions in the state once a heartbeat has been detected.
In a not so veiled threat that Georgia would lose its booming film industry if Kemp signs the bill, Milano has said that, “We are going to do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if HB 481 becomes law.”
Safe is a funny word these days.
Safety once meant that you were free from the threat of harm. Now it means that you are free from the threat of a different point of view. In a culture where victimhood is a badge of honor, Milano leads a charge of Hollywood Progressives who are falling all over themselves to convince us how unsafe it is to protect babies from being pulled apart. But if Milano and her crusaders really cared about the safety of women, they would look in the mirror.
Here’s how the National Center On Sexual Exploitation describes the disturbing content on Netflix, some of which exploits minors.
Currently, Netflix provides over 300 original productions, ranging from serious dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, and even animation. Most of Netflix’s most popular (and most heavily-advertised) original shows are rated TV-MA (mature audiences only) frequently containing graphic sex scenes, nudity, and violence. Researchers at NCOSE recently looked into 10 of the top original Netflix titles and found that 9 out of 10 featured on-screen sex scenes.
Some will argue that these sex scenes are confined only to the adult content section of the streaming platform. They’re not. Movies and shows about superheroes were once safe, if I may use that term in it’s more appropriate sense, for children. Not on Netflix. If you watch a superhero show on Netflix, you are likely to see graphic and sometimes brutal sexual content.
What does this have to do with women and their safety? After all, the women in these productions are willing participants. What’s the harm?
Dr. John Foubert’s research reveals what most people have known all along. Porn harms. But it doesn’t just harm the consumer.
I have studied how to end sexual violence for 25 years. It wasn’t until 10 years ago when I came to the realization that the secret ingredient in the recipe for rape was no secret at all, though at the time it was rarely identified. That ingredient, responsible for giving young men the permission-giving beliefs that make rape so much more likely and telling young women they should like it, is today’s high speed Internet pornography. Pornography itself is a recipe for rape that has rewritten the sexual script for the sexual behavior of the millennial generation and is currently rewiring the brains of the generation to follow… The more interesting finding is that 95% of the time when someone is violent with another person in porn, usually a man toward a woman, the recipient is shown as either liking that violence or having no objection. Think about how an 11-year-old boy, or girl, would interpret what they see. Pornography teaches boys to hit girls, and shows girls that they should like it.
Hollywood likes to position itself as a champion of women. They put women in heroic roles once reserved for men. They applaud themselves at awards shows. But behind the scenes and after the crowds have gone, the problem remains – much of the movie industry is fueled by sexual exploitation, namely of women.
I do a lot of counseling in my job. Many of the people who I meet with are sitting across the table from me because pornography has ruined their marriage, their brain, and their lives. I wish that there was a way that the whole world could sit in on one of these counseling sessions so that they could hear the pain in a wife’s voice as she grapples with her husband’s addiction. I wish that the whole world could see how pornography helps the brain to see other people as objects to be consumed rather than human beings created in the image of God. And I wish that the whole word could understand pornography for the serious threat that it really is.
Just before his execution, serial killer Ted Bundy gave an interview where he described the role that pornography plays in sexual crimes.
“Like most other kinds of addiction I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material. Like an addiction, you keep craving something which is harder, harder, something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach the point that pornography only goes so far… I’ve lived in prison a long time now. I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence just like me. And without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography. Without question, without exception, deeply influenced and consumed by addiction to pornography.”
In Bundy’s day, pornography was confined to magazines and seedy roadside shacks. Now, it’s on your TV and labeled as mature content and sometimes accompanying a story involving your kid’s favorite superhero. Ironically, that content has left us far, far short of mature.
Earlier this week, Alyssa Milano stood at Governor Brian Kemp’s door. She was met by state Rep. Dominic LaRiccia who had a simple question for her.
“Do you vote in Georgia?”
She doesn’t. The representative’s point was clear.
Alyssa Milano should leave Georgia and stand outside the offices of Hollywood production companies if she really wants to address the safety of women. And if the industry that helps to fuel this harm to women wants to leave Georgia with her, that might not be such a bad thing.