It may be reasonable to assert that if the individual develops enough ‘self-control’ it may not matter too much what he is exposed to.But some have however, confirmed in contrast that the effect of pornography on the spirit of the individual is to indulge his or her sense of compromise or what is called ‘sin’, and that excessive exposure to pornography actually deadens sexual interest as it creates boredom for the beholder.
Pornography is any material or object such as books, magazines and films that is designed to cause sexual excitement or arouse sexual urge. It has been taken to a higher level in television drama, live performances and through music, with little or no restriction, such that it has inflicted negative values on our cultural orientation. This is obvious in our female dressing.
A sampler of dress styles in offices, campuses and even churches especially among women would reveal that sexually expressive dressing has been on the rise for a very long time without minding the temper of the social fabric or public order.
Body parts are always readily on display and it would appear that pornography has been taken to a live art form on the streets. If pornography were as ‘influential’ as it was made to be, then we would be experiencing more rapes than we currently do.
Pornography has a three fold influence: the body, the mind and the spirit. It affects the body principally by inflaming the passions through the instrumentality of the ‘eye’ gates. As the pictures come across the eyes, they are transmitted to the brain, culminating in nervous response. This provokes expressive action towards the opposite sex if not well managed.
The effect on the mind is more negative. The mind, being a store of information, merely stores the information, releasing it from time to time to play in its land of imagination. Another or a similar term for this is what is called voyeurism where sexual images play a game of travel, fantasy on the mind and body. Here, if the mind is a virgin field, the imagination is its cultivator. The battle for the control of our imagination is the battle for the control of our mind.
The sad thing about pornography is that since it is an industry, it feeds its loyalists with fantastic images which may or may not be consistent with reality. This often creates a frustration for seekers and the sought. The seekers seek in vain for the pictures in display, while the sought battle to meet the parameters on display, such that even when relationships are built on factors more durable than body parts, practitioners are never really sure if body parts are not the most important of factors driving the relationships.
Others have identified a more dangerous dynamic to the pornographic effects on the mind, citing its creation (or as the case may be the promotion) of lust in the individual.
Pornography has a negative value tending from its depiction of the female sex as an object of sexual exploitation. Those who frown at the practice are not known to apply any positive association to it, even though the practice has been long in existence and known to be foundational and catalytic to a wide variety of industries allied to or central to it.
Pornography (even if in a short-term) stems from a multi-cultural view of women as instruments of passion for the satisfaction of powerful male drives who need reinforcement from the female gender.
Typically, the male specie is task-oriented and this task-orientation finds subtle confirmation in the story of Adam’s creation.
As soon as he was created, Adam was put into an environment that was conducive to his task responsive and restless orientation.
Correspondingly, the unpretentious language of Paul in the male/female sexual dynamic prefaced by the use of the word ‘use’ becomes significant.
Feminists challenge or frown at the language of Paul once again, drawing attention even if unconvincingly, to the world ‘use’ as being determinative of males as sex objects asserting to its promotion of the sex trade and the occupational denigration of women.
This is true also for the seeming ‘negative’ motions of the ‘man’. The natural impulse, and the innate drive in man, ‘to do’, as normal as the blood flowing intravenously is so strong that men will themselves fight just for the plain pleasure of the relaxation following the expenditure of physical reserve or energy. For the same reason, men actively engage in many and several forms of sporting activity each variously conforming to their mage of ‘achievement’.
Interestingly, and on the converse, when female folk engage in partial or full exertions such as aerobic and, or sports, they carry it out as an incident of relationship, rather than as a purveyor of achievement except in situations in which the competition is carried out for the sake of a prize or trophy.
Subterranean attempts to change or challenge the ‘doing’ psyche of the male through denial of food, sex and exercise would only work to breed confusion and cause a twisting of the male emotion in him such as to render him emotionally incompetent and distant.
It is for this reason that the Bible cautions that in the mounding of the character of their flock, Christian leaders ought to be careful to ensure that they do not make their converts ‘twice the sons of hell’!
Some cruel Christian leaders have, however, left the work of God, by engaging ‘puppeteering’, playing ‘wicked’ mind games and selective persecution of their flock to fund ‘secret agenda’.
Dean Tasks New Law Students Exco On Service
The Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Rivers State University, Prof. Ovunda Vincent Okene, has urged the new executive members of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), RSU Chapter, to live up to expectation and give academic and social welfare of members top priority, as well as discharge their duties with a sense of responsibility, to justify their choice.
Okene, who gave the charge during the inauguration ceremony of the new executive at the university campus in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said the faculty has existed for over 40 years, describing it as the pride of the university and even one of the best in West Africa, having the best learning facility, and challenged the new executive to add value to the faculty.
The university teacher also stressed the need for the law students to imbibe the spirit of cleanliness and dress code compliance, for which the faculty is known, contending that it is incumbent upon them to comport themselves on campus in such a way that portrays the Law profession as a noble profession.
In his response, the new President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), Rivers State University Chapter, Mr Ken-Saro Chukwu assured that the new executive would put the association first in all it does, saying, the new normal has begun.
While thanking God, the Dean, the Eleco and the members for the opportunity to serve and for ensuring a hitch-free election, Chukwu said the members of the association should “expect value and utility in everything we do”.
Other members of the executive include Victoria Isikinma, Vice President; Juliet Francis, Financial Secretary; Nimi Amachree, Secretary General; Kendrick Iyalla, Director of Socials; and Princess Amadi, Auditor General.
Others are Treasure Sam-George, Treasurer; Eze Chinedu, Public Relations Officer; Nsinem Bob Essiet, Assistant Secretary General; and Henry Howells, Provost.
The occasion was also graced by the Associate Dean, Faculty of Law/Head of Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Prof. C.C. Wigwe, Head of Department, Business Law, Dr. Nwuzi, Head of Department, Private and Property Law, Dr. Felix Amadi, and Prof. S.I. Orji, among other dignitaries.
Don’t Say Something You Regret Out Of Anger
There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.
On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.
The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.
Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.’”
Celebrating Day Of The African Child
On June 16th, 1976, thousands of black students from Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the disparity in the education system that preferred quality education for the whites over the black population in Africa. Today, millions of children in Africa do not receive proper education and the onus just doesn’t fall on the world leaders but on every privileged member of the society to acknowledge that they deserve quality education to eradicate poverty in the country.
In commemoration of the Day of the African Child (DAC) 2021, the AUC Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Save the Children International, join Africans throughout the continent in celebrating this special day.
This presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the advances made towards realizing children rights as well as remaining challenges.
Today, under the theme: “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: Accelerate implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”, we recommit to scale up the promotion of the rights and welfare of children of Africa.
Despite important strides made by AU Member States in realizing children rights, grave violations continue to be committed against children in conflict settings. A study conducted by Save the Children in 2020 revealed that the number of children living in conflict zones is highest in Africa.
Among the six major violations committed against children is the attack on education, which continue to have devastating impact on students and teachers, with particularly debilitating long-term consequences for girls and women. In addition, female students and educators suffer horrific acts of violence within their schools and universities.
To remedy attacks on education, the Safe Schools Declaration is a key policy tool towards ensuring safe education for All. The COVID-19 pandemic and the consistent attacks on schools have had terrible impact on children across Africa, but it’s been worse for girls whose risk for gender-based violence or child marriage has been exacerbated. Hence, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure access to education and all children continue to learn while schools are closed through inclusive distance learning, that every child is supported to return to school when it’s safe to do so, and no child is left behind.
Governments and partners should also invest more in education to build back better education systems for all children.
The AUC Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security will continue to offer commendable support for the safe school’s agenda as evidenced by AU Organs’ commitment to implement the Safe Schools Guidelines.
In addition, the AUC PAPS Department will soon launch the Africa Platform for Children Affected by Armed Conflict (AP-CAAC) to drive action within at all levels.
The advocacy efforts made towards the implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines at the national level has created the momentum. The upcoming Fourth International Conference on Safe Schools to be held in Abuja on October 25-27, 2021, with the AU as a co-host with Norway, Argentina, Spain, and Global Coalition for Protection of Education from Attack, is another opportunity to concretize action in support of safeguarding the future of African Children.
International Day of the African Child was set aside to raise awareness of the importance of education for children in Africa. The day not only honours the participants of the Soweto Uprising in 1976 but also raises awareness of the imperative need for improvement of the education of African children. International Day of the African Child is celebrated on the 16th of June every year to highlight the economic strifes suffered by these children and the adverse effects it has on their right to good education in the country.
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