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Struggle with Porn? Don’t Let It Stop You from Repping the Movement

Waiting to join the fight for love until you’re completely over a personal struggle with porn is like refusing to go to the gym until you’re in the best shape of your life.

By October 27, 2022No Comments
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Millions of Fighters—or, supporters of this organization—span the globe and come from a variety of backgrounds. Our diversity is what makes this movement powerful.

And while we’re all different, there’s one thing everyone in this movement has in common: we’ve all been impacted by the harmful effects of pornography in some way, either directly or indirectly.

Related: 8 Ways to Avoid Burnout When You’re Fighting For Love and Raising Awareness on Porn’s Harms

If you’ve noticed the scientifically negative effects of porn in your life and, as a result, feel some hesitation in actively and opening repping this movement, we’re here to tell you that there are thousands of others out there just like you. Your influence is needed more than ever in this fight for love.

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Fighting for love can help you in your recovery journey

Think about it: waiting to join the fight for love until you’re completely done with a porn habit is like refusing to go to the gym until you’re in the best shape of your life. See how that logic contradicts itself?

Fighting for love is like exercising your muscles and nourishing your body. You become stronger and stronger as you gain knowledge about what you’re dealing with and join a community of people working together for the same common goal.

Just like it wouldn’t make sense to wait to work out until you’re “in shape,” you shouldn’t put off becoming an advocate for real love until you feel you’re done with your own personal fight. Remember that all Fighters are on a unique journey of their own. Don’t wait to dive into an environment that can give you the knowledge and motivation you need to get where you want to be.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Fortify, the Porn Addiction Recovery Platform

Recovery is a journey. For many, overcoming a struggle with porn is less like a destination point and more like an ongoing process. Actively learning and sharing about porn’s harms empowers Fighters, providing strength in their journey.

The fact is, because porn is more available, affordable, accessible, and anonymous than ever, just about everyone has been impacted by it in some way. What the porn industry wants is to keep you hooked by keeping you isolated and alone.

Related: Fighting Against Both Porn & Shame is More than Possible, It’s Necessary

So, instead, fight back by connecting with others who have been affected by the very same thing you’re dealing with now. Becoming part of a supportive community can not only help someone fight the harms of porn but fight the harms of shame and isolation that can hinder progress in recovery.

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Personal accounts power the movement

The mission of Fight the New Drug is to educate and raise awareness of the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts. That means every individual story is a significant part of this movement. No one knows the reality of the harmful effects of porn more than someone who has experienced it firsthand.

Think of it this way: if you’re currently struggling, and you define it as a struggle rather than just a habit, you know porn is unhealthy because you’ve lived it. You can be a powerful influence and example to others.

Related: True Story: Ditching Porn Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

Imagine the impact someone can have simply by saying, “Hey, porn is something I’ve struggled with. Here is how it’s affected my life, which is why I’m fighting for real love instead. I’m not perfect, and you don’t have to be either. But what matters is that I’m trying, and I’m educating others on its harmful effects. I know I’m not alone, and I know you’re not alone either.”

Having the courage to tell your story and offer a hand of support to others can not only significantly help you in the process but can also help many who may not know how to reach out for help. Because guess what? There are many people out there, just like you, who are fighting the same battle.

Related: “I Was 8 the First Time I Saw It”: Why It’s Important Not to Judge Someone’s Porn Struggle

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What you can do to rep the movement and share your story

Anyone can boldly make an impact by sharing their story, regardless of where they are in their journey with fighting porn. Begin by sparking conversations. Wear a tee that reflects your reason for joining this movement.

Related: Your Answer Guide to “What Does Porn Kills Love Mean?” and Other Fighter Gear Questions

Maybe you’re fighting because you recognize the link between porn and sex trafficking and don’t want to contribute to the exploitation of people who are treated like products. Maybe you’ve experienced how porn can kill real love and damage relationships. Whatever your motivation, choose a tee that tells your story. Then when people ask about the bold message you’re wearing, share what it means to you personally and invite them to join you.

See what a powerful force for change you can be in this movement?

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Why this matters

Entertaining shameful thoughts like “I’m a hypocrite” or “Why should I have the right to talk about how porn is harmful when I still struggle with it” are neither productive nor healthy. Negativity often hinders progress for those striving to quit porn, while positive connections and encouragement propel them forward.

Whoever you are, we need you in this fight for love, and many others who struggle need you, too. No one is perfect, but we’re united in our fight for real love. Ultimately, we fight for authenticity and real connection rather than holding anyone to unrealistic expectations.

Imperfections make someone human, and our collective desire for real love and positive change makes us Fighters. Will you join us?

Need help?

For those reading this who feel they are struggling with pornography, you are not alone. Check out Fortify, a science-based recovery platform dedicated to helping you find lasting freedom from pornography. Fortify now offers a free experience for both teens and adults. Connect with others, learn about your unwanted porn habit, and track your recovery journey. There is hope—sign up today.

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