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Anti-Porn Digital Canopy

How destructive is porn? Ask Sean Clifford, founder of an innovative porn-blocking software company
Anti-Porn Digital Canopy

Here’s a special podcast to which I want to draw your attention. Kale and I talked to Sean Clifford, CEO of the Austin-based company Canopy, which makes porn-blocking software. I got the idea to invite Sean on when he and I had dinner in New Orleans — we’ve known each other for a few years — and I asked him about his work. I thought I knew a fair amount about the scourge of porn, but it turns out that it’s much worse than I realized. We talked to Sean about it on the podcast:

Once again, here’s a link to the Canopy website. Sean really is one of the good guys. He’s a husband, a father of small kids, an observant Orthodox Jew, and a man who cares greatly about giving parents like himself tools to win the battle against creeps who want to colonize the minds of our children.

To emphasize Sean’s message, here’s a column called “Porn Will Destroy You,” appearing in UnHerd under the byline Sarah Ditum. Excerpts:

The acceptance of pornography as part of everyday life, available freely and constantly via our private devices, was based on a compact that should always have been obviously implausible: that the media you consume will not change you in any way. That you can log out after orgasm touched only by yourself. And that anodyne outcome was considered possible even when the material being consumed was the most depraved imaginable.

More:

We are two decades now into revolution in media that was also a revolution in sex, and there is no room left for naivety about what that means.

Before Wayne Couzens committed the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard this year, he watched extreme porn. While the double murderer and mortuary employee David Fuller was committing routine necrophilia against the corpses in his care, he was also recording his offences and adding them to a meticulously maintained library of the most horrific pornography, his trial heard this year.

And regular men choke regular women because they’ve seen it in porn, while regular women accept regular violence as sex, because that’s what they’ve learned to masturbate to. The desire, the fantasy and the act create a self-inciting feedback loop. In what Dworkin called the skinlessness of sex, participants are vulnerable, penetrable.

Read it all. If you have kids with smartphones, contact Canopy for a free 30-day trial of their software — they can help.

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