Fight the New Drug

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Fight the New Drug
FIGHTlogo.jpg
Founded 2009
Founder Clay Olsen, Cameron Lee, Ryan Werner, Beau Lewis
Location
Key people Kyson Dana, Robbie Tripp, Kyle Duran
Slogan

Porn Kills Love.

Be A Fighter.
Mission Fight the New Drug exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using science, facts, and personal accounts.[1]
Website http://www.fightthenewdrug.org

Fight the New Drug (FTND) is an American anti-pornography 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. It focuses on educating youth on scientific findings behind the harmful effects of pornography.[2] The organization uses science, facts, and personal accounts to educate its target audience of youth, specifically millennials. FTND is non-religious and non-legislative. It does not seek to ban pornography or make it illegal, or dispute it through moral or theological views, but to decrease the demand for it through education and awareness.[3]

History[edit]

The name behind the organization, "Fight the New Drug", derives from the organization's belief that pornography is similar to a drug, due to the scientific findings that it floods the brain with pleasure chemicals and affects reward pathways. As far as referring to porn as the new drug, according to the FTND website, "even though pornography has existed throughout human history, science is now revealing that pornography has addictive qualities similar to other drugs."[4]

Overview[edit]

Fight the New Drug educates and raises awareness on research and scientific findings, as well as personal experiences from those who have been affected, that show the harmful effects of pornography on the brain, in relationships, and in society.[5] The organization promotes the results of studies which claim to show the changes in the brain of an individual when viewing pornographic material. They maintain that pornography causes an individual's brain to become overloaded with a combination of potent chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and norepinephrine, among others, which give pleasure and help to create reward pathways in the manner of narcotics. It maintains that as the brain continually receives too much of these chemicals through repeated and frequent porn use, this superabundance of chemicals causes the brain to cut down on its neurotransmitter receptors.

The organization maintains that as a result, the brain becomes less sensitive to these chemicals and the porn that once excited a person, stops having the same effect and causes the viewer to desire more pornography and to seek out more hardcore material.[6]

Fight the New Drug argues that porn use and addiction is a public health issue, not a free speech issue[citation needed]. Similar to the anti-tobacco campaign's stance toward tobacco, FTND respects the right and the legality to produce and consume pornography but asserts that if people and society only knew the damage that porn use was causing in individuals and in society, that they would choose not to consume it.[7]

Fight the New Drug defines itself as "pro healthy sex and anti-pornography."[8]

Many of Fight the New Drug's claims regarding the effects of pornography on the brain have little scientific evidence supporting them, and in fact several of their claims have been shown to be objectively false.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "» About Fight the New Drug". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Lynn Arave (26 January 2010). "Group is fighting against 'the new drug' — pornography". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fight the New Drug: The online grassroots war against pornography". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "» About Fight the New Drug". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Get the Facts". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anti-porn group says action required". Thefalcononline.com. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Your Brain on Porn - It's NOT Addictive". Psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "» About Fight the New Drug". Fight the New Drug. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Your Brain on Porn - It's NOT Addictive". Psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 29 November 2014.