Today it was announced that Art Briles will be fired as the head football coach at Baylor University. This comes after an external review found that the university failed to appropriately handle several allegations of sexual assault against Baylor University football players.
You can read the full article here that details some of the findings and further discusses other changes the university is making.
I am just an outsider looking on and have no other details than what has been provided through news reports over the last several months. With that being said I would like to make one observation. The major issue here is a failure to protect women on the campus of Baylor University. But this is not a problem isolated to Baylor University. This is a national issue.
This issue stems from a greater and yet underlying problem, the pornification of our culture. If statistics hold true then well over two thirds of the young men on the football team at Baylor, well any college football team for that matter, view pornography at least once a week. Statistics from Covenant Eyes, an internet and mobile accountability group, reveals this fact, “About 64-68% of young adult men and about 18% of women use porn at least once every week. Another 17% of men and another 30% of women use porn 1-2 times per month.”
Combine that with this statistic, “When hundreds of scenes were analyzed from the 50 top selling adult films, 88% of scenes contained acts of physical aggression, and 49% of scenes contained verbal aggression.” And now we have a recipe for male physical aggression toward women. Add to that the fact that Baylor University, for the sake of the program, failed to take action that would prevent future assaults from taking place and you have this environment that almost encourages this type of behavior.
Here is the recipe a little more precisely.
- Young men with unhindered (80-90% of pornography is accessed for free) access to pornography.
- 88% of top pornography videos teach these young men that sex is to be aggressive and abusive. Men are to take it by force.
- An environment to behave in this way with no fear of consequence.
The result, Baylor University football program over the last several years.
This saddens me to say, but if we continue down this path of unhindered access to pornography then this news story will become more common place. We will soon find that other programs across the country have been covering up and hiding many of the same problems.
Hopefully through this decisive action by Baylor University Board of Regents, other women across the country will come forward and other programs that compromise morality and ethics for the sake of winning ballgames will be brought down.
We can no longer ignore, hide, and laugh off porn use. It must be destroyed. It will be destroyed one man at a time.
When young men become real men and quit seeking temporary thrills and pleasures on the internet.
When young men become real men and protect women instead of abusing them.
When young men become real men who fight for truth, and ethics, and morals, and principles.
When young men quit being cowards all the while wearing the manhood label.
When young men become real men then we will see this industry fall.
Until then, expect this story to be more common. I hate that I say that.
I conclude with this writing from the tomb of an Anglican bishop found in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights and decided to change only my country.
But it, too, seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and , who knows, I may have even changed my world.