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A shameful halftime show

I am not a great speaker nor a great writer, however writing is my voice. I watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. I had not watched one for several years.

I was amazed at this game. Both teams were evenly matched. Flags and penalties were in short supply. Fights between players on opposing teams was limited to chest bumps. I really enjoyed this game.

What truly horrified me was not the game, but the halftime show. Parents shutting off their TVs because of the pornography. Even adults shutting off their TVs for the same reasons.

A 17-year-old young man said as he shut off the TV, that he felt what it must be like to be taken to a bar for the first time, that was premiering a sex show and him not realizing what was even going to happen.

Pornography is defined as any sexually explicit videos, photographs, writings, or the like, whose purpose is to elicit sexual arousal.

Porn addiction continues to grow. Porn and the divorce rates are at an all-time high. Porn (hidden or otherwise) is a root cause in most divorces, especially when it is hidden from the other spouse. Here it becomes the silent addiction.

The addiction causes the spouse in the beginning to help when their libido has lessened. Eventually the addiction will cause them to no longer look at their spouse as not “sexy enough.” The help it was originally intended to be in the beginning, now causes pornography to become a stumbling block.

This addiction is the same as any addiction, caused by the release of dopamine in the brain creating new neural pathways.

Porn addiction is the silent sex partner in so many divorces that hurts families, just as much as drugs, alcohol, or any other addiction.

Can you for a moment imagine anyone recovering from alcohol or drug abuse and someone giving them the one thing they are recovering from? That is what this halftime show was like for those addicted to porn.

The Super Bowl is dedicated to families and family time together. My hope is that enough people makes their voices heard, so the next Super Bowl has a more appropriate age halftime show.

Sheryl Jo Wilson

Parkersburg

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