Billboards against P()rn

September 8, 2004 | 8 comments

Driving back from Provo to Portland let us see the occasional p()rn billboards that are now standard on American highways. They aren’t the Golden Arches, but there’s more every year. We also saw an anti-p()rn billboard. It said something like “No Adult Stores in Our Town!” Next to it was a windowless cement-block structure with “Adult Store” in big, aged letters. The wife and I were reminded of South Bend. The more squalid section of South Bend has a few dirty strip bars, with anti-p()rn billboards alongside, stuff like “Sleazy shops ruin this neighborhood.”

Unfortunately the billboards all seemed fairly amateur. The campaign against p()rn hasn’t grown out of the grassroots like smoking did. Can anyone think of better billboards? The best we came up with, inspired by this recent thread, was
Quit Porn, for her sake.

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8 Responses to Billboards against P()rn

  1. Nathan Tolman on September 8, 2004 at 3:23 pm

    The similarities between the two campaigns makes me wonder if there will be a lawsuit similar to the anti-Tobacco industry one in store for pornographers in the future.

  2. Karen on September 8, 2004 at 3:57 pm

    Nathan, I think this is one of those issues where we, as church members, have such a different view than the rest of the world. I have no doubt of the devastating effects that p()rn can have on individuals, families, and marriages, but I think my understanding of that is linked with my spiritual awareness. I just can’t see a court case ever being effective. In order to be successful, the plaintiffs would have to prove both causation and damages. I think that in large part, the causation is more intuitive…unprovable by scientific methods. And the damage is intangible as well. Courts traditionally frown on recovery for intangible damages…it is almost impossible to recover for infliction of emotional distress without some proof of some linked physical damage. Basically, I think this is a fight that will not reach a court room.

  3. cooper on September 8, 2004 at 5:05 pm

    No ideas for new billboards. Just a quick note to say: P*rn billboards are what paintball guns were made for!

  4. Julie in Austin on September 8, 2004 at 5:53 pm

    I noticed on a recent trip to New Orleans that in between all of the casino billboards were occassional billboards with 1-800 numbers for people with gambling problems.

    I have no idea if this is effective for gambling or would be for p#rn, but the thought does occur that we sometimes catagorize p#rn as an addiction, and perhaps those wanting help don’t really know where to turn. At the very least, the message is there that porn is a problem.

  5. Charles on September 9, 2004 at 2:10 pm

    My wife and I often take road trips and its surprising how many of these shops there are between KC and St Louis. We figured its probably due to the amount of buisness travelers that have to frequent roads like that alone. How easy is it to stop somewhere in a town where no one knows you.

    My idea for a sign would be “P()rn shops under survelence, Brought to you by the Commitie Against Unseemliness and Getting-behind Higher Taste (CAUGHT)” The picture would be a view of two people in a car with a camera photographing people going into the shops and writing down thier liscense plates.

    Another idea would be grisly looking criminals behind bars. Someones name and their conviction with a quote “it all started with p()rn…”

    Pretty much anything that illustrates the destructive power of p()rn to the common person and adds a bit of humiliation to the participant.

  6. Adam Greenwood on September 9, 2004 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve heard of a Texas minister who had some success photographing cars in adult establishments, tracking down the owners via their license plate, and sending them letters asking them to kick the habit. Alas, there’s always the internet.

  7. Lunkwill on September 9, 2004 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, slow down cowboy. The problem with porn addicts isn’t that they’re not ashamed enough. Generally it’s an escape from reality. It’s an addictive cycle — why a cycle? Because often what they’re escaping from is fear, shame and inadequacy. Porn offers a brief escape, followed by an increase in those very things.

    Don’t drive them further down the cycle by pointing fingers. Invite them back into the light with some unconditional acceptance and love.

  8. Nathan Tolman on September 9, 2004 at 10:43 pm

    Perhaps a billboard saying “Come back into the light. Leave porn” with a picture of a man opening a door into the light?


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