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NoFap supports the RNC draft amendment to declare pornography a public health crisis

Recent articles report that Republican delegates unanimously voted to propose an amendment declaring pornography “a public health crisis” in the 2016 party platform. NoFap, a community-driven porn addiction recovery platform, supports this initiative by the RNC, and calls for similar action from the DNC.

NoFap, a non-partisan, secular website, which serves 1 million unique visitors a month, and was recently featured in a TIME cover story, The New York Times, Showtime, and many other media outlets, is widely regarded as an authority in the subject of porn addiction and porn addiction recovery. In May, NoFap’s founder, Alexander Rhodes, came out in support of a similar non-binding resolution which passed in Utah, which declared pornography a public health crisis within their state.

NoFap believes that there is ample evidence to support that pornography is a public health crisis. Excessive consumption of Internet pornography has been shown to cause erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, reduced genital sensitivity, and a decreased interest in partnered sex. Over 20 studies, with more being released regularly, directly support the existence of porn-related problems. For example, a 2014 University of Cambridge study used brain imaging to discover that the porn-addicted brain reacts to porn cues the same way the drug-addicted brain reacts to drug cues. More recently, a 2-year longitudinal Canadian study on adolescents showed that erectile dysfunction rates are skyrocketing among young men, with a whopping 45.3% of male participants reporting erectile function problems. Before the existence of modern Internet pornography, the 1948 Kinsey Report Sexual Behavior in the Human Male published that the prevalence of ED in men under 30 was under 1%.

Overwhelming anecdotal evidence from NoFap users’ stories, surveys conducted by NoFap, and the explosive growth of conversation about porn-related symptoms throughout the Internet further prove the existence of a widespread health issue that needs to be addressed. All of this is occurring as the first generation of young people who went through puberty alongside the emergence of Internet pornography are reaching adulthood, and clearly many are experiencing detrimental effects.

NoFap supports the RNC delegates’ decision to propose a draft to the 2016 GOP party platform which declares pornography a public health crisis. Furthermore, NoFap encourages the DNC to adopt a similar amendment to their party platform.

Given the emerging brain science, and the symptoms reported by many thousands of porn users all over the nation; pornography clearly is a public health issue. As a society we need to work together to spread awareness, educate our youth before they’re exposed to porn, and enable further research. The RNC’s proposed amendment will help advance us towards these goals.

What is NoFap?

NoFap® is a comprehensive porn recovery platform. NoFap is secular, sex-positive, non-partisan, and science-based, and aims to provide tools and assistance to those with problems related to their Internet pornography consumption. As a non-partisan website, NoFap won’t speak to other aspects or proposed amendments of the RNC platform. This statement is not an endorsement of any political party or candidate. NoFap’s views don’t necessarily reflect the views of our users, a very large and diverse group of individuals with varying opinions. Pornography is an issue that deeply affects many of our lives, whatever our political beliefs, and we hope to see future bipartisan support for such initiatives.  For more information about NoFap, see our About page: https://www.nofap.com/about/.

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Comments

  1. Himmelstoss says:

    The Republicans have a platform?

  2. heywally says:

    Yes, I saw that in the platform but it was kind of lumped in there with all of the gay bashing and prohibiting non-standard sexual stuff.

    Maybe politics is not okay here, if so, someone will tell me and I will abide. And gosh knows, there’s enough contentiousness online out there but that Republican platform really freaked me out. It doesn’t have so much to do with conservatism (some of which I agree with, at least as it used to be applied) as it does with intolerance, fear and an inability to come up with reasoned and nuanced approaches to problems. Being 64, I can hardly believe that things have evolved to this. But that’s just me. :0

  3. BetterThanThis says:

    Here is the exact language from the draft. Seems quick and open to much interpretation:

    The Internet must be made safe for children. We
    call on service providers to exercise due care to ensure
    that the Internet cannot become a safe haven for
    predators while respecting First Amendment rights.
    We congratulate the social networking sites that bar
    known sex offenders from participation. We urge active
    prosecution against child pornography, which is
    closely linked to the horrors of human trafficking.
    Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity
    need to be vigorously enforced.

  4. BetterThanThis says:

    ^^^^ I apologize: that is from the 2012 one.

  5. BetterThanThis says:

    …But from all intents & purposes, it seems the language being adopted in the 2016 one is pretty much the same.

  6. JackStrident says:

    This is not good news. We don’t need this politicized. It will only guarantee that the Democrats take the opposite position. And it’s not like govt could help anyway.

  7. mv8652 says:

    The crisis of porn addiction cuts across all political, religious, and ideological strata. Thanks, Alexander, for acknowledging what the Republicans are doing and for calling out the Democrats to do the same. That’s not partisan. No one should let politics get in the way of what is right. I’m a Republican, but if the Democrats were to do the unlikely and adopt this as well, I would rejoice in the emerging political unity against porn.

  8. Stavrogin says:

    Props for putting this up, especially since you clearly aren’t the Republican type. And it stays on topic, no qualifications or ifs-ands-and-buts about it! One of the biggest problems plaguing our modern political system is our inability to voice support for good things an opposing party does, out of fear that we will somehow help that party gain more power. It’s easy to cynically say the Republicans are just the anti-sex party, but by giving them the benefit of the doubt (even if they don’t deserve it), we invite them into a partnership where we can work on our common goals together, even if we still have real differences. (For what it’s worth, I’m sort of a conservative-in-exile, routinely embarrassed by the circus that is the Republican party). But like I said, major props!

  9. Keith says:

    This crosses the line, PERIOD. If private individuals want to abstain from masturbation, that’s their choice and right. But attempting to legislate against something as private masturbation is beyond the pale and should scare anyone who’s ever read 1984, which I assume is most adults. Claiming masturbation is a public health crisis is laughable in the extreme and NoFap hasn’t provided any evidence that it is. As Christopher Hitchens once said, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. Sorry, but two studies and anecdotal evidence from a few thousand people isn’t extraordinary evidence of such a claim, it’s barely evidence at all.

    The most chilling part is “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity
    need to be vigorously enforced”. Unbelievable. Pornography is no more definable than art is and obscenity is far too subjective to be legislated for a whole nation much less to be enforced by police or the courts. This is the WORST kind of slippery slope. This kind of thinking will lead to the banning of books, movies, music and art that a small group is “offended” by and therefore can be prosecuted against under so-called obscenity laws. The only obscenity here is a small group of adults using government power to censer, control and subjugate the private lives of other adults.

    Groups like NoFap have tried this crap in the past and it fails every time. Learn from history instead of repeating it. Sexual and personal repression always comes back to bite the ass of whatever society thinks it’s a brilliant idea to attempt to control peoples’ private lives.

    If this message isn’t approved by moderators, I will take that as censorship and that NoFap cannot withstand criticism or public comment from an opposing viewpoint, which would be unfortunate considering the pledge to secular reasoning and intellectualism that NoFap claims for itself.

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