Consider Before Consuming
Consider Before Consuming
Fight the New Drug
Think about all of the things you consider every day to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community happy, healthy, and hopeful. Now consider this: There is an ever-growing body of research demonstrating significant negative impacts, for yourself and the ones you love, in the consumption of pornography. It can change the way you think, harm your ability to connect with other people, and can contribute to changing the world in negative ways. Join us every other week as we consider the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts. Consider Before Consuming is brought to you by Fight the New Drug (FTND). FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative nonprofit that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and its links to sexual exploitation using only science, facts, and personal accounts.
What’s Going On With Pornhub?
Disclaimer: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative awareness and education organization. Some of the issues discussed in this episode may be legislatively-affiliated. Though our organization is non-legislative, we fully support the fights against already illegal forms of pornography and sexual exploitation, and against sex trafficking.Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of sex trafficking, child sexual abuse materials, and other forms of sexual exploitation are discussed during this conversation. Listener discretion is advised.This week we’re bringing you a different, bonus episode discussing what’s been going on with one of the world’s largest porn sites, Pornhub, and its parent company, MindGeek. In December 2020, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof published an investigative column in the New York Times giving visibility to Pornhub’s questionable business practices, specifically highlighting how the porn tube site reportedly hosts and profits off of nonconsensual content, image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) and child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Since the New York Times exposé, a lot has happened in response, including Pornhub announcing changes to their platform and removing over 10 million videos from the site, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover suspending their payment processing services on Pornhub, and the Canadian House of Commons Ethics Committee (ETHI) launching an investigation into MindGeek for reportedly hosting videos of child sexual abuse, rape, sex trafficking, and nonconsensually-distributed content.Please note that this is a developing story and ongoing investigation. For a recent, simplified timeline of events, please visit ftnd.org/phtimeline.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Apr 28
1 hr 4 min
Barbi: Anti-Abuse Activist & Child Sexual Abuse Survivor
Barbi is a loving mother to five kids and is happily married to her husband of twenty years. When Barbi was six-years-old, she was exposed to pornography by an uncle. She didn’t understand what it was, but she knew how it made her feel and she quickly understood what it would lead to, which was him sexually abusing her. Barbi didn’t fully recognize the connection that pornography played in the sexual abuse during her childhood until a guest speaker talked to her class when she was in high school. After that, she disclosed her abuse to a trusted teacher, who then informed Barbi’s parents about the abuse. Fortunately, Barbi’s parents believed her and were able to go to law enforcement and her abuser was later convicted in court. Learn how pornography played a role in Barbi’s childhood abuse and what she’s doing now to invest in her healing and make her home a safe place for others.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Apr 13
39 min
Dr. Kim Farrington: Activist & Sexual Assault Physician
Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of sexual assault are discussed during this conversation. Listener discretion is advised.Dr. Kim Farrington has been a sexual assault physician for over 18 years, primarily in the area of sexual assault in adolescents and adults. In that time, she’s seen over 500 cases of sexual assault from individuals who have been recently assaulted, assisting them in getting medical help and collecting forensic samples. In recent years, Dr. Farrington became interested in the impact of pornography on consumers after noticing a change in the nature of sexual assaults in young people. For almost two decades, she has been able to developed her knowledge and expertise on this issue, and she is committed to educating others on this paramount and concerning health issue.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Mar 30
41 min
Kathrine Lee: Anti-trafficking Advocate & Founder of the Pure Hope Foundation
Disclaimer: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative awareness and education organization. While the guest in this episode references religion, Fight the New Drug is not religiously-affiliated.Kathrine Lee is a life coach, business strategist, and anti-trafficking advocate. After having several experiences in her life that highlighted the negative impacts of pornography, she decided to take action. She and her husband sold their dream home and founded the Pure Hope Foundation, an organization working to strengthen families and restore the lives of sex trafficking survivors. Now, they run the Hope Home, a place where sex trafficking survivors are able to transition out of exploitation through trauma-informed restoration programs. You can learn more about the Pure Hope Foundation at https://www.purehopefoundation.com/.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Mar 16
1 hr 12 min
Eddie Capparucci, Ph.D.: Counselor, Coach, & Sex Addiction Therapist
Disclaimer: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative awareness and education organization. While the guest in this episode discusses religion, Fight the New Drug is not religiously-affiliated.Eddie Capparucci is a licensed professional counselor and certified sex addiction specialist. For over 10 years, Eddie has worked as a licensed professional counselor, but when he noticed more patients who were struggling with a compulsion to pornography were coming into his practice, he decided to get certified as a sex addiction specialist. In his practice, he’s been able to help individuals who struggle with an unwanted compulsion to pornography by helping them work through unresolved childhood problems. In addition to him being a licensed therapist, Eddie also has his own personal story with sex addiction and a compulsion to porn.You can learn more about Eddie Capparucci or find his books at https://abundantlifecounselingga.com/. Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Mar 2
49 min
Lynne: Athlete, Activist & Recovering Porn Addict
Lynne was first exposed to pornography when she stumbled upon it on the family computer when she was 8 years old. She didn’t seek it out again until she was a teenager, when at the age of 16, she experienced a traumatic event that resulted in her turning to porn as a coping mechanism. Her porn consumption escalated throughout her years in college where it affected her relationships and pursuit of hobbies. Her addiction pushed her deeper and deeper into isolation, until she got the courage to tell the truth about her struggle to her boyfriend. Hear Lynne explain to podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, about her experience struggling with pornography and how the understanding and support of loved ones has lead her to be porn-free for over 270 days. Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Feb 16
40 min
Adam LaRoche: Former MLB Player & Founder of E3
Disclaimer: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative awareness and education organization. While our guest on this episode discusses religion, Fight the New Drug is not religiously-affiliated.Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of sex trafficking are discussed during this conversation. Listener Discretion is advised. If you’re a baseball fan, chances are you’ve heard of Adam LaRoche. Before the end of his 12-season career in Major League Baseball (MLB), Adam went on a human trafficking sting operation with a non-profit to fight sex trafficking. After being exposed to the ugly underbelly of the sex trafficking industry, Adam decided to make it his life’s mission to fight sexual exploitation. Since his retirement from the MLB, Adam has formed a nonprofit, E3, that in part helps to fight sexual exploitation. He also went on to become a deputy through the Police Academy which allows him to help law enforcement agencies that do counter-trafficking work. Listen to Adam LaRoche open up to podcast host Garrett Jonsson about his personal experience with consuming porn, how he realized that it contributes to the demand for sex trafficking, and how he’s been able to overcome it. Note: This conversation was recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming. 
Feb 2
41 min
Nicholas Kristof: Award-winning Journalist & Political Commentator
Disclaimer: Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative awareness and education organization. While the individual in this interview discusses legislatively-related issues, Fight the New Drug is non-legislative.Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of sex trafficking, abuse, rape, child sexual abuse materials, drug use, and suicide ideation are discussed during this conversation. Listener discretion is advised.Nicholas Kristof is an American journalist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and columnist for the New York Times since 2001. His investigative opinion column published on December 4, 2020, titled, “The Children of Pornhub,” shocked and educated many people around the world because it gave visibility to the stories of victims of image-based sexual abuse and child sexual abuse material who have had their violation shared on porn sites and social media platforms. The outcry in response to the article resulted in porn giant Pornhub purging their platform of unverified videos, deleting over 10 million videos from the site—but the battle won't end there. Kristof’s coverage of these issues continues the work of many journalists, advocates, and survivors in uncovering the dark side of the internet that most people do not want to think about, and exposes the implications of directly and indirectly supporting porn sites with user-uploaded content.Listen to podcast host Garrett Jonsson talk with Nicholas about the ugly side of the porn industry, what has happened since Nicholas Kristof’s bold opinion columns were published, and what he expects he’ll do to continue to uncover the world of sexual exploitation.Note: We are grateful that Nicholas Kristof took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us and give our listeners more insight into this topic. In the limited amount of time we were able to meet, we did our best to get through as many questions as we could, discussing questions we knew our listeners would have.You can find Nicholas’ initial article, “The Children of Pornhub,” here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/04/opinion/sunday/pornhub-rape-trafficking.html?searchResultPosition=3His follow-up article published five days later titled, “An Uplifting Update, on the Terrible World of Pornhub,” can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/opinion/pornhub-news-child-abuse.htmlPhoto and articles credit: The New York Times.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Jan 19
34 min
Coco Berthmann: Familial Trafficking Survivor & Aspiring International Human Rights Lawyer
Trigger warning: Graphic descriptions of sex trafficking, abuse, and attempted suicide are discussed during this conversation. Listener discretion is advised.Born and raised in Germany, Coco spent the first 15 years of her life as a victim of familial trafficking. For the majority of her youth, she was trafficked, abused, and raped by different people, all coordinated by close family members. She escaped at age 15, and unfortunately, the abuse didn’t stop there. Shortly after her escape, the therapist she was seeing began abusing her. Eventually, Coco escaped again and moved to the United States in 2015 where she fell in love, found a home, and is now a full-time student. Coco is now an aspiring international human rights lawyer and desires to continue the fight against human trafficking from the frontlines. Listen to Coco talk to podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, about her story, common misconceptions about sex trafficking, and how she’s now focusing her education and career of advocating for human trafficking victims.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Jan 5
56 min
Sebastián: Fighter & Recovering Porn Addict
Trigger warning: Graphic descriptions of sex acts and porn videos are discussed during this conversation.Sebastian is a Fighter from Madrid, Spain, who has been struggling with pornography from a young age. He was eight when he was first exposed to porn when he and his friends searched for it out of curiosity, and by the time he was 12 years old, it became a compulsive habit that escalated into more hardcore genres. Sebastian discovered that he was struggling to perform sexually with partners in real life without porn, so he started to research how pornography affects the brain and sexual performance. In this episode, Sebastian talks about how he’s tried to break free from pornography several times and how he’s still actively working to break free completely. Listen to Sebastian give his honest (and, at times, triggering) account of how porn has negatively impacted him, and how understanding the research on its negative effects and the industry's ties to sex trafficking has helped in his ongoing battle to quit porn for good.If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from porn, you’re not alone. Check out our friends at Fortify, an online science-based recovery platform dedicated to helping people find lasting freedom from pornography. Connect with others, learn about your compulsive behavior, and track your journey all on Fortify’s online platform. Join tens of thousands of users around the world who have found healing and recovery with Fortify. Get started for free at ftnd.org/fortify.Click here to learn more about the guest, and access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here or text CONSIDER to 43506.As you go about your day we invite you to increase your self-awareness, look both ways, check your blindspots, and consider before consuming.
Nov 17, 2020
52 min
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