How common is porn-use? The statistics are overwhelming.
- 64% of American men view porn at least monthly.
- 79% of men age 18-30 view porn at least monthly.
At the Set Free Summit on Pornography, I listened to both men and women describe being exposed to internet porn as young as 7 or 8. They saw images that could never be "unseen." They experienced involuntary physiological reactions they could not understand, and could not prevent. By the time they were teens, they were engaged in a daily battle: try to resist--fail--masturbate--be overwhelmed by self-loathing and disgust--consume more porn to feel better.
How common is porn-use? The statistics are overwhelming.
An article in the UK Independent, highlighted a poll of teachers who say children as young as seven are "sexting."
In the comments, there were a number of adults who suggested this is just a more technologically advanced version of "playing doctor," and nothing to worry about. Except that when these kinds of images are shared nowadays, the child becomes a potential for bullying, or worse, a target for predators.
While the reaction of many is hyper-vigilance, increased oversight and a more secure insulated bubble... developing the character traits and internal mechanism that can protect all the time (even when Mom and Dad are not) is not even suggested.
If you are also concerned with the sexualization of children, will you please make a contribution to the "Send Karen To the Set Free Summit" campaign?
When I first got involved in defending every person's right to life and dignity, my expectations didn't match reality. It looked more like this...
The Set Free Summit is coming up really fast (April 4th-7th) and I really want to go. Thirty Top Experts in the fields of counseling, research, and church leadership will be in ONE PLACE to talk about pornography -- especially the problem in church!
We started an Indiegogo crowd source campaign in hopes that we can raise the funds fast enough for me to go. Anyone who helps me get there is invited to attend a FREE "post-conference workshop" where I will pass on everything I learn. [Note: TBD, Sometime this summer, before school starts up again.]
If you can send a little, you'll give me a chance to get the BEST tools to help reach YOUR kids.
According to the Center for Disease Control, HALF of gay/bisexual black men and ONE in FOUR of gay/bisexual Hispanic men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. The new study is the first time that the CDC has estimated lifetime HIV risk based on race.
Overall, the CDC projected that one in 64 men and one in 227 women in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV at current rates. For black and Hispanic people, however, that risk increases dramatically. Regardless of sexual orientation:
“Inappropriate Attire” and “Dress Code Standards” usually presume females understand the power of the visual for males. In my experience, very few mature women have a good grasp of it! Sadly, it is coupled with a culture which suggests to girls showing skin is “empowering” and that anyone who advocates dressing modestly is “body shaming.”
Tangling with a teenager over what is “appropriate” clothing is no fun for any parent, but as your child’s coach, you have to get this one right before launching them into adulthood.
Remember coaching isn’t making right decisions for them, it’s helping them make right decisions.
Happy Valentine's Day. It seemed like a good time to help women understand men, and to help men understand women don't get it. I think you will find this interesting.
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In order to get a date with Karen, Jim Kropf had to go through an "approval process" with ten friends of hers -- eight women and two men committed to seeing she didn’t go out with jerks. They were her “Dating Advisory Committee.” Some of her friends took the job so seriously, they came up with written questions – the first set of questions trying to figure out what sort of man would suit her, and another set for anyone who wanted to date her.
It forced her to look at her non-negotiables and preferences in a new way. It also sharpened her ability to recognize when a relationship would be “grit your teeth to make it work” and when it would be “fit together like puzzle pieces.”
BE ADVISED! These are hard, soul-searching questions. The more DETAILED & SPECIFIC your answer, the greater the chance you will recognize The One when you meet them.
A single friend who has attended Positively Waiting workshops and read Sex Makes People Stupid: How to Avoid Ending Up With a Loser, recently confided in me that she had her first ever “Let’s Be Responsible Before We Have Sex” Talk. I asked her to describe what it was like emotionally. (Remember this is a grown woman not a teenager!)
He was a really sweet guy. For a couple of months we just kissed, but as the feelings got stronger, I knew the next level was coming up soon. That meant it was time to have The Talk. When I was younger, I ignored these signs, and just let whatever happens happen. I had never had THIS talk with any guy.
"Some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore."
Lady Gaga’s remarks are pretty cynical. On the flip side, Radio Host Dennis Prager likes to ask this question: “If you could only have one or the other guaranteed to be successful, which would you rather have, a great relationship or a great career?”
Everyone’s answer is different, but one time he asked a waitress and learned later from another member of the wait-staff that they had been discussing nothing else for 25 minutes! All of these young people were 24 or older, and NONE of them had even thought about what goals mattered the most to them.
Of course, it may be possible, in their Real Lives that they could have both a great career and a great relationship. It’s possible, but the more life-experience one has, the more you realize that is very rare.
For Coaching Practice this month, we suggest you have some discussions along those lines. First, before you engage your teen, get your own preferences out of the way. What YOU hope your teen will choose is not the purpose of this coaching exercise! [Remember: Coaches don’t make the right decision for you, they help you make Right Decisions]. Your objective is to help your teen build their own neural network toward their goal, by connecting at an emotional level.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy posts a report every other year. In 2014, they surveyed 18 to 24 year olds about sex, relationships and virginity. The advice these young adults have for highschoolers may surprise some.
For instance, College Students attitude toward virginity is a positive one.
I have been saying this for years, but Suzanne Venker said it even better than I have!
(This article appeared on FoxNews.com May 1, 2015)
Where have all the husbands gone?
That’s a question Peter Lloyd tackles in a series in London’s Daily Mail about Britain’s marriage rate, which is at its lowest level since 1895. “The state of matrimony is not just ailing. It is dying out faster than a mobile phone battery,” Lloyd writes. “For an army of women, Mr. Right is simply not there, no matter how hard they look for him.”
Things are no better this side of the Atlantic. According to Pew Research Center, the share of American adults who’ve never been married is at an historic high—and men are more likely than women to have never made it down the aisle (23% vs. 17% in 2012).
There was a time when wives respected their husbands. There was a time when wives took care of their husbands as they expected their husbands to take care of them.
What gives? Why are men here and abroad avoiding the altar in spades?
1. Because they can
Men used to marry to have sex and a family. They married for love, too, but they had to marry the girl before taking her to bed, or at least work really, really hard to wear her down. Those days are gone.
When more women make themselves sexually available, the pool of marriageable men diminishes. “In a world where women do not say no, the man is never forced to settle down and make serious choices,” writes George Gilder, author of "Men and Marriage."
If there is one video a woman should watch to help her deal with how SHE feels when she catches him looking at another woman, this is it.
Please watch this with your guy (or any guy) and what follows will be a wonderful conversation and a huge sigh of relief!
Any time I talk to couples who are living together, especially if that has been their arrangement for a few years, I almost always end up asking this question, "So you're just using each other for now?"
A March 15th 2015 article in the Wall Street Journal points out there has been a steady rise in children born to unmarried, cohabiting couples. In 2002, it was about 14%, but now it's about a quarter of all births. The article discusses the bleak outlook for children of cohabitors.
It's has become more socially acceptable for couples to move in together to raise a child (planned or unplanned), all the while insisting that need to be "more sure" about the relationship or more financially secure before they get married. But as the article points out, cohabiting parents are more likely to split up, form new partnerships, have additional children, creating an expanding and complex web of half-siblings, step-parents, child-support payments and family visits.
I can't be the only one who sees that people don't think clearly anymore. Follow their logic...
I had an interesting discussion last night. Bear and I were talking to another couple about the non-Christian view of Christians not participating in same-sex weddings. [If you have been under a rock this week, an Indiana pizzeria was asked a hypothetical question about catering a gay wedding, and they declined. Subsequently, the pizzeria's business was slammed and the owners received death threats from bullies. Subsequent to THAT, a GoFundMe page was set up for the pizzeria and collected $842,000 from people who hate bullies.].
MINNESOTA: A former high school coach has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13-year old girls that he met through an online chat site called Omegle, a website devoted to randomly connecting strangers. The girls and the 23 year old man had sexually suggestive chats online and via text for about two weeks before he arranged to pick the girls up near their homes and brought them to his home. He said they watched a movie, then he engaged in sexual acts with both girls.
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It is my opinion that the movie "Fifty Shades of Gray" is going to create a black sucking hole in the universe.
The trailer for the movie came on TV the other night and my darling husband ("Bear") asked me the essential question, "Do women really like being treated like that?" As a hyper-protective one-woman man, my husband just couldn't imagine the mechanics of this kind of preference.
We had a similar conversation several years ago about Lara Croft, TombRaider. For the life of me I couldn't grasp the appeal of it for men. In case you don't know Lara Croft is a most beautiful bad*ss played by Angelina Jolie who kicks the butt of every man who gets in her way (physically, mentally and professionally).
I know a stunningly attractive woman who never expected to still be single in her 30s. She ended a long term relationship that was going nowhere, leaving her wondering if her chance for motherhood had just evaporated. A childhood sweetheart appeared and reignited the memory of a teenage passion. Within a short time there is a baby on the way. Baby showers, talk of weddings, the romance of a lost-love scramble her usual good judgment.
But after the baby came, the old flame revealed his true sponging nature, and suddenly their income dwindled, unpaid bills piled up, and she found herself in a fierce legal battle for survival.
World AIDS Day was December 1st -- a few days late, but here are the FACTS.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so expect to see more pink ribbons and "Save the Tatas" bumperstickers.
But don't expect your healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women or the New York Times to talk about the increased risk of breast cancer from induced abortion.
There have been 74 worldwide studies on the relationship of breast cancer and abortion. Of those 74 studies, 57 found a POSITIVE correlation between women who abort and women who develop breast cancer. The reality in lay-language: if you aborted a teenage pregnancy, your individual risk for developing breast cancer is much higher.
Maybe I'm the only one who will say it out loud, but the whole "Free Love Movement" my generation promoted in the 60's and 70's seems to have produced at least two generations after us who are unlikely to have what it takes to achieve a lifelong commitment.
The most common reasons for "singleness," (meaning NOT MARRIED) among young people are, "I'm not ready to settle down." "I'm really focused on getting established in my chosen field." "I'm not ready to have sex with just one person for the rest of my life."
The most common reasons for singleness among the more mature are the same but different. "I haven't found anyone I want to marry." "All the good ones are taken." "Most people my age have a lot of baggage."
Am I the only one who notices that the reasons for singleness as a young person are the CAUSE of singleness in the more mature? Just sayin'.
I’m sure you’ve heard the slogan, “Be safe, use protection!” Yeah, but what if safe doesn’t mean what you think it means?
Using a condom is a little like getting into a small enclosed space with a bag of BEES. As long as the bag doesn’t break, leak, tear or get a hole in it, you won’t get stung. All you gotta do is make sure the bees stay in the bag. But what if, while you're focused on the bees in the bag, there's SPIDERS under the shelf just waiting until you get close enough to crawl on?! Or what if you're so focused on the bees, you don’t even notice the army of ants marching up your pantleg!
That's exactly what you're doing when you trust a condom.
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Karen Kropf is the founder and program director for Positively Waiting. *** Married to Jim Kropf (also known as "Bear").