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Think about all of the things you consider every day to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community happy, healthy, and hopeful.

Now consider this: There is an ever-growing body of research demonstrating significant negative impacts, for yourself and the ones you love, in the consumption of pornography. It can change the way you think, harm your ability to connect with other people, and can contribute to changing the world in negative ways.

Join us every other week as we consider the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts.

Consider Before Consuming is brought to you by Fight the New Drug (FTND). FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative nonprofit that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and its links to sexual exploitation using only science, facts, and personal accounts.

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Think about all of the things you consider every day to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community happy, healthy, and hopeful.

Now consider this: There is an ever-growing body of research demonstrating significant negative impacts, for yourself and the ones you love, in the consumption of pornography. It can change the way you think, harm your ability to connect with other people, and can contribute to changing the world in negative ways.

Join us every other week as we consider the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts.

Consider Before Consuming is brought to you by Fight the New Drug (FTND). FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative nonprofit that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and its links to sexual exploitation using only science, facts, and personal accounts.

    Samantha Leonard: Survivor, Author, & Activist

    Samantha Leonard: Survivor, Author, & Activist

    Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss childhood sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.
    Samantha Leonard is the author of “Groomed: Shining a Light on the Unheard Narrative of Childhood Sexual Assault,” a novel that tells the shocking tale of one young woman’s journey of abuse. Samantha wrote “Groomed” as a fictional story, drawing from her own personal experience being groomed, and from the personal experience of other child exploitation survivors. She sat down with Consider Before Consuming podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, to discuss how, as a society, we need to become more aware of what grooming can look like, and how pornography often plays a role in desensitizing the victim. Listen as Samantha draws from her and Blair’s (the fictional main character in “Groomed”) personal experience in the grooming process, and what we as members of society can do to recognize abuse, and intervene when it is happening. Samantha’s book “Groomed” can be found on Amazon. You can also find Samantha Leonard on samantharaeleonard.com or on Instagram @samantha__leonard.
    Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.
    To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.
    To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport or text CONSIDER to 43506.
    Thank you for listening, and we invite you to consider before consuming.

    • 39 min
    Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.: Researcher & Activist

    Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.: Researcher & Activist

    Did you know that porn can actually deeply affect the way we view and treat those around us? Just ask Walter DeKeseredy, an academic researcher and author who’s been studying violence against women for over 30 years. In addition to the 25 books, 83 scholarly book chapters, and over 100 scientific journal articles he’s published on sexual violence and other related social problems, Dr. DeKeseredy has received so many awards for his work that it’s almost difficult to keep track of. His extensive knowledge and passion for the cause can be clearly heard throughout this episode of Consider Before Consuming. Listen in as Dr. Dekeseredy and podcast host Garrett Jonsson discuss the correlation between pornography and sexual violence, how pornography has changed over the years, and how pornography can affect our relationships to those around us. To learn more about Dr. DeKeseredy and his work, you can visit his faculty page at West Virginia University, where he is the Director of the Research Center on Violence and a Professor of Sociology.
    Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.
    To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.
    To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport or text CONSIDER to 43506.
    Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.

    • 36 min
    Carmel & Lynae: Activists & 2018’s Fighters Of The Year

    Carmel & Lynae: Activists & 2018’s Fighters Of The Year

    Carmel and Lynae are two twin sisters and Fighters from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Their journey of getting involved with Fight the New Drug began almost 4 years ago, when they saw a Facebook post from a friend in a red “Porn Kills Love” tee. What started as a mutual interest in our posts on the social network grew into an active following of our blog and other social platforms for both Lynae and Carmel. They made huge waves in their Wisconsin community of La Crosse after a local university paid thousands of dollars to a porn performer to give a talk to students about sex education and porn, intended to help the campus celebrate their Free Speech Week. In response, Lynae and Carmel posted on Facebook wearing their “Porn Kills Love” tees with fellow Fighter friends and talked about how porn harms the consumer, relationships, and society in general. The attention the post received and the wider conversations it sparked were unexpected, but amazing. Hear Carmel and Lynae describe their experiences in spreading awareness of the harms of pornography with podcast host Garrett Jonsson.
    We are grateful for these two incredible Fighters and their efforts to start a conversation on porn’s harms in their community. It is because of these efforts that Carmel and Lynae were awarded with the 2018 Fighter of the Year award! Think you’ve got what it takes to win it next year? Nominate yourself or a friend for our 2019 Fighter of the Year award for changing the conversation on porn's harms by visiting FTND.org/foty.
    Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode. 
    To learn more about how pornography can negatively impact individuals, relationships, and society at large, visit FTND.org.
    To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/donate, or text CONSIDER to 43506.
    Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.

    • 46 min
    Eli Nash: Entrepreneur, Recovering Porn Addict, & Activist

    Eli Nash: Entrepreneur, Recovering Porn Addict, & Activist

    Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains graphic descriptions of childhood sexual abuse- listener discretion is advised.
    Eli Nash shared his hardships on the TEDx stage in his talk titled “Escaping Porn Addiction" and now he’s telling our listeners his story. What started as an appeal to women’s clothing catalogues at a young age quickly turned to an appetite for internet porn, leading to an addiction to pornography that would follow him well into adulthood. It wasn’t until things got too far in reality that Eli realized that porn was more than a fantasy: it was, as he says, the very thing that drove him to be unfaithful to his now wife. Never wanting to hurt her again, Eli has now vowed to make it his life’s priority to never again see porn. Listen to Eli as he shares his story with podcast host Garrett Jonsson, describing how he decided to come forward with the truth about his addiction and his early childhood sexual abuse that may have played a part in it. You can watch Eli’s TEDx Talk here or connect with Eli on Instagram at @eliyahu_nash.
    To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org. To support this podcast, text CONSIDER to 43506. Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sabrina Parr: Lifestyle Coach & Social Media Influencer

    Sabrina Parr: Lifestyle Coach & Social Media Influencer

    If you haven’t heard of Sabrina Parr yet, that's about to change. Not only is she a popular health and lifestyle coach in Atlanta, Georgia, but this Cleveland native is currently dating two-time NBA champion and previous guest on this podcast, Lamar Odom! In this episode, Sabrina talks with podcast host Garrett Jonsson about how pornography has negatively influenced her habits and relationships, and how Parr and Odom have addressed the issue of pornography in their new and public relationship. You can find Sabrina on Instagram at @getuptoparr and look out for her and Lamar’s new reality TV show, coming soon.
    To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and it's larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.
    To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport or text CONSIDER to 43506.
    Thank you for listening and remember to consider before consuming.

    • 50 min
    Richie Hardcore: Public Speaker & Activist

    Richie Hardcore: Public Speaker & Activist

    Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains quoted graphic song lyrics to bring awareness to how porn can influence culture. Listener discretion is advised.
    Meet Richie Hardcore! (Yes, that is his real last name. No, he has not performed in porn.) Richie is a retired professional kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter from New Zealand. Today, he splits his time between training other fighters and his work as an activist, which includes public speaking against the harms of pornography. Richie sits with podcast host Garrett Jonsson to discuss how he came to understand the harms of porn, how pornography negatively influenced him personally, and how important it is to talk to the youth of today about the lies the porn industry sells and, instead, encourage safe and healthy sexuality with a consenting partner. You can find Richie on Instagram (@richiehardcore) or his website, richiehardcore.com
    To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and it's larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.
    To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport or text CONSIDER to 43506.
    Thank you for listening and remember to consider before consuming.

    • 43 min

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