This girl and I first met years ago on Tumblr, and little did we know that we would end up living on the same floor just doors away from each other during our freshman year of college. Fast forward to our now senior year, and our friendship still blesses me greatly! Random shenanigans have always marked our friendship, so today I quickly took some photos she needed out in the pouring rain—soaking wet fun for everyone. #storyportrait #vscocam (at Newberg, Oregon)
What an honor it is to do life with this group of revivalists. My Sunday nights have never been the same since I’ve been a part of this youth ministry, and there’s no other place I’d rather spend them than with these beautiful souls! “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. | Jeremiah 2:2 #awakeningym #sunday (at Awakening Student Ministries)
I want to be unmovable and unshakable, so let my roots go down deep, unmovable and unshakable in You. I want to be like a tree planted by the streams of living water. This will be my song, God; this will be my prayer until the end, until the end. | “Tree” by Justin Rizzo (@rizzojustin) #donald #nature (at Donald, Oregon)
ｈｏｌｙ ｇｈｏｓｔ @johnmarkmcmillan #areweallanimalstour (at Bauman Auditorium, George Fox University)
He has come that the captives may be freed, that the prison doors would be opened, that that which held us back in the past we will tread upon from now on. Take the key of His blood and unlock the door to your freedom—the freedom that has been won for you! Songs of deliverance are being sung over you in this moment, for it is His desire for His children to be free. 🔑 #freedom #indoors (at Aloha, Oregon)
Sleeping little Judah baby melts my heart over and over again. I highly recommend having a baby sibling to love on—it’s good stuff and happy feels (and you get to dress them; check out his camo pants). 👶 #judahmalachi #babybrother (at Aloha, Oregon)
Hey, Pornhub. We’re Not Buying It.
Yesterday, the massive online porn site Pornhub unveiled their first big money billboard in New York City’s legendary Times Square. (By the way, ad space in Times Square can cost up to $2 million. We looked it up.)
The ad, created by the winner of Pornhub’s ad campaign contest, features a hand forming a heart over the site’s logo and the bold text, “ALL YOU NEED IS HAND.” The site then filmed a video underneath the billboard of a hired choir of men and women singing a twisted rendition of The Beatles’ popular hit song, “All You Need Is Love,” but replacing the word “love” with “hand”.
Yes, this ad was the winner of a real contest held by Pornhub. There were thousands of people who submitted their ideas for non-pornographic ads promoting the site. A few months ago, we wrote a blog post titled, ‘Pornhub Vs. #PornKillsLove’, that went on to reach over a million people on Facebook. In the post, we took some of the disturbing contest ads and remade them from the REAL perspective:
That was our response to Pornhub’s ongoing attempt to normalize porn. And they are still going at it in a way that people might not realize right away.
Think about if you wanted to sell people a product that was harmful and addictive. What would you do?
First, you would want go to great lengths to show people that what you’re selling is NOT harmful, that it is normal and acceptable. You would want to camouflage the true nature of what you are selling so that people would see it as just any another product. You would try and bend your message to make it seem like something other than it really is.
Well this is exactly what Pornhub is doing.
Pornhub is now placing these non-offensive ads in the public eye, painting a harmless picture of the harmful material they are making millions of dollars off of every day: porn.
But what Pornhub (and the porn industry as a whole) would like you to think, and what porn really is, are two very different things.
Pornhub wants you to think that their site is just a simple way to love yourself. This unsuspecting ad is not immediately offensive and seems to be promoting a care free ideal that you are all you need.
But here’s what Pornhub is really saying through this ad:
- You don’t need love. You don’t need a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or any other personal human connection to be fulfilled.
- You don’t need healthy and committed sexuality, you just need yourself and a computer screen.
- Your sexual pleasure and desires are what’s most important. And if that means going outside of a committed relationship to satisfy yourself, then no problem.
And last but most importantly:
- Porn is normal, harmless, and even encouraged. Everyone does it and it’s not a big deal.
Make no mistake: porn is not normal. Porn is not harmless. Porn acts like a drug addicting its users, damaging relationships, and harming society as a whole. But ads like this - subtly (or in cases like this, not-so-subtly) injected into the mainstream and placed amongst advertisements for soft drinks and food chains - begin to normalize people’s perception of porn.
If we didn’t have all the overwhelming facts and personal accounts of how harmful porn really is, we might just say that these guys are pretty smart. But just like giant tobacco companies that seek to make smoking look cool and in turn get lifelong customers, we see Pornhub for what it really is.
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