Statement of Registration n*2677

Republic Of Lebanon
Ministry of Interior and Municipalities
Minister
Statement of Registration n*2677

15 December 2016
Foundation of the Association under the name:
“The Anti-Porn Association”
Located: Ajaltoun- Kesserouan

Minister of Interior and Municipalities
• Pursuant to Decree n* 11217 on 15/2/2014 and based on the Laws of Associations issued on the 3rd of August 1909 principally Article Six of it.
• Based on the Circular n*10/a.m./2006 on 19/5/2006 and its modifications n*15/a.m./2008 on 12/9/2008
• Based on the notice submitted to the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities from the founders of the Association known by: “The Anti-Porn Association” registered at the Common Administrative Directorate under n*4693 on 9/3/2016 based on the suggestion of the General Director of Political Affairs and Refugees.

To be decided:
Article One:
The Ministry of Interior and Municipalities has been noticed concerning the establishment of the Association known by: “The Anti-Porn Association”
Location: Ajaltoun- Abdo Karam Building- Real Estate n*2068-Section n*15- St.Georges Hospital Street- Second Floor- Kesserouan.
Purpose:
1- Psychological Support
2- Protecting adolescent individuals from the addiction to pornography
3- Supporting people’s right by protecting them from the negative effects cause by pornography
4- Public awareness from the effects and damages caused by pornography
5- Exposing the danger of pornography addiction leading to marital, personal and social problems as well as the derivation towards rape, sexual harassement of children and the abuse of women and individuals.
6- Collaborating with other associations following up cases of sexual abuse linked to pornography addiction and rehabilitating them.
7- Setting up educational seminars in schools, universities and Civil Society centers to increase awareness.
8- Communicating with religious and official references to organize and activate the work of the association once in need
The clauses mentioned above are to be executed accordingly to the rules and applicable regulations after the approval of the concerned authorities

Representative Assembly to the Government: Mr. David Jean ABI KHALIL

Article Two:
The constituent commission must complete establishing procedures and call to an election of an administrative organization within one year of the publication of the statement of registration in the Official Gazette.
Article Three:
To the indicated association to proceed in front of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities during the first month holding a list of the names of its members and a copy of its annual budget and its former calculated hyperbolic otherwise it would be mandatory to apply the provisions of the published law by the Decree n*10830 on 9/10/1962 and its modifications.
Article Four:
This Statement of Registration is to be announced once in need

Beirut, 15th December 2016
Minister of Interior and Municipalities
Nohad AL MACHNOUK
Side:
General Directorate of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Information
General Directorate of Political Affairs and Refugees (Complete File)
General Directorate of General Security
Governorate of Mount Lebanon
Concerned individuals
Official Gazette

Something We Should All Consider

Something We Should All Consider

Pornography. It’s the elephant in the room. In today’s state of overt sexuality, it is nearly impossible to avoid the barrage of erotic propaganda portrayed in all forms of media. Whether it’s the soft-core exposure of celebrities in film and television, or the hard-core pornography which dominates the myriad of internet tube sites today, it is easy to say that we’ve all been subjected, whether willingly or unwillingly, to pornography in some form or another.

It seems as though porn has become more ‘mainstream’ in the last ten years, progressing away from the small corner in movie rental shops and making its way into almost every form of media today. Varying opinions peg gratuitous sexuality and pornography either as a ‘liberation of sexual expression’ or a ‘condemnation of a sacred monogamous practice’. The moral and ethical debate around porn is multifaceted, but one thing is for sure, the ubiquity of sexuality and pornography has definitely gone too far.

Porn: A History

Illustrations of a sexual nature date back thousands of years; depictions such as the Venus figurines and rock art have existed since prehistoric times. However, the concept of pornography as understood today did not exist until the Victorian era. For example, the French Impressionism painting by Édouard Manet titled Olympia was a nude picture of a French courtesan, literally a “prostitute picture” – it was controversial at the time. Nineteenth-century legislation eventually outlawed the publication, retail, and trafficking of certain writings and images regarded as pornographic and would order the destruction of shop and warehouse stock meant for sale.

This took a turn in the late 19th-early 20th century, as pornographic film production commenced almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture in 1895. The 1896 film, Le Coucher de la Mariée showed Louise Willy performing a striptease. Pirou’s film inspired a genre of risqué French films showing women disrobing and other filmmakers realised profits could be made from such films.

In 1970 a Federal study estimated the total retail value of pornography was around $10 million. Shockingly, by 2001, a study put the total (including video, pay-per-view, Internet and magazines) between $2.6 billion and $3.9 billion. That profit number should be a red flag for anyone trying to understand the morality behind pornography, as any corporate influenced industry usually leaves ethics and human wellness at the door when promoting their profit margins.

Is Porn Ruining Sex?

Brett and Kate Mckay from theartofmaniless.com, wrote in an article titled The Problem With Porn, “Pornography is such a polarizing issue, that it’s easy for people to take extreme sides when approaching it. Oftentimes, religious people, while very sincere in their beliefs, brand porn as vile filth that turns good men into sexual perverts and unclean lepers… The other extreme sees porn as just a healthy expression of sexuality. Pornography is heartily encouraged in order to help people discover what pleases them sexually, no matter how graphic or violent the material is. The people in this camp will argue that as long as consenting adults are involved and no one gets hurt, then anything goes. However, this approach fails to recognize the detrimental effects porn can have on an individual, on women, and on society.”[5]

Pornography watching without a doubt can be a compulsive practice. It’s more like food to a compulsive over-eater. Once you make those pleasure connections in your brain they can be very hard to break. And it’s not an exaggeration to say that porn can ruin your life. The false standards and ideals established through porn affect men and women more so than you might think. Some might disagree to this notion, but pornography objectifies both women and men. For the longest time, the subject of objectification was based solely on women, and this held true for many years. However, one cannot deny that in our current culture men are objectified just as much in the media. In pornography especially (heterosexual and homosexual), men and women are looked at as sexually gratifying ‘things’, leaving out the need to connect spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.

Another problem with watching porn is the support of the dirty industry behind it. People are getting paid to have sex, i.e., porn is glamorized prostitution. The density surrounding this concept is real. To attain a proper perspective on the matter, a question to ask yourself would be how would you feel if your brother, sister, mother, or father participated in these kinds of acts? If the answer is ‘uncomfortable’, then perhaps there needs to be the same standard applied to the people who engage in porn.

One of the largest issues with pornography is the false standards and expectations that exist as its entourage. The men usually have shredded bodies and large penises, the women are usually tiny with massive breast implants. When children see these types of images at a young age, insecurities arise due to erroneous definitions of what ‘men’ and ‘women’ are stated to be.

Where’s The Love Yall?

There is no love associated with sex in porn, but instead sex is portrayed as an aggressive, animalistic type of practice that wants only to see the gratified ending. There is a massive mis-education done through pornography which creates unrealistic ideas of what ‘good’ sex is. In some cases this can create a big problem in the bedroom, with some people even having to revert to sexual fantasies while having sex in order to reach orgasm. Furthermore, watching porn on a regular basis can diminish the need for sexual pleasure within a relationship.

After repeated exposure to the stimuli, your pleasure plateaus. At this point, people often reach for more-more food, more sex, more porn, etc. in order to recover the initial pleasure they once took in the experience. But this only begins a vicious cycle in which you must seek ever greater and more intense stimulation to return to your initial pleasure level. Eventually you overwhelm and numb your pleasure receptors. Author Naomi Wolfe touched upon this in her New York Magazine article “The Porn Myth”,

“Pornography works in the most basic of ways on the brain: It is Pavlovian. An orgasm is one of the biggest reinforcers imaginable. If you associate orgasm with your wife, a kiss, a scent, a body, that is what, over time, will turn you on; if you open your focus to an endless stream of ever-more-transgressive images of cybersex slaves, that is what it will take to turn you on. The ubiquity of sexual images does not free eros, but dilutes it. Other cultures know this. I am not advocating a return to the days of hiding female sexuality, but I am noting that the power and charge of sex are maintained when there is some sacredness to it, when it is not on tap all the time.”

With all that being said, it must be made clear that I am not denouncing masturbation. Exploring self-pleasure is an essential aspect of being human. After all, those pleasure centers are innate for a reason.

What I’m saying is that there has been a massive misrepresentation of sexual intimacy through the media and porn industry for many years, and these falsifications have destroyed the sacredness of the act. Sex has lost the self-giving, mutually reciprocating intimacy that it was designed for. As we move forward as a society, the media-based values and principles surrounding sexuality need to be readdressed and perhaps fully erased to make room for a new foundation for sex, one without definition and limitation, and one that realigns our bodies with the true nature of intimacy and pleasure.

Source: www.collective-evolution.com | Original Post Date: March 11, 2014 – the-problem-with-porn-something-we-should-all-consider

References:

1.) H. Montgomery Hyde. A History Of Pornography. (1969). London, Heinemann. Pg 16.

2.) Bottomore, Stephen. Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema. (1996). British Film Institute.

3.) President’s Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. Report of The Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1970), Washington, D.C.: U. S. Government Printing Office.

4.) Ackman, Dan. How Big Is Porn?. Forbes.com. (May 25 2001).

5.) http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/05/11/the-problem-with-porn/ 6.) http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/trends/n_9437/

Written by Jeff Roberts of www.collective-evolution.com

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