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Judith Reisman: The Spark to a Crusade Against Porn and Child Abuse

By Hannah Harrison | May 6, 2021 | 2:54pm EDT
Dr. Judith Reisman speaks on the relationship between pornography and child abuse. (Photo credit: YouTube/Set Free Summit)
Dr. Judith Reisman speaks on the relationship between pornography and child abuse. (Photo credit: YouTube/Set Free Summit)

There is something about powerful conservative women that sends chills down my spine. A few of these women, such as Amy Coney Barrett, Candace Owens, and Phyllis Schlafly have been at the forefront of the conservative women’s movement for years. However, it wasn’t until recently that I learned of another inspiring woman who fought against the left’s darkness – Mrs. Judith Reisman.

Judith was born in 1935 to communist parents. As she aged, she believed many of the left’s lies and was a liberal, but not for long. Soon, she became every leftist’s and feminist’s worst nightmare. Reisman stood up and fought a good fight against the pornography empire, and many feared her.

Mrs. Reisman passed away in April, but she is a victor for so many reasons. She’s mainly remembered for her work against her number one foe, Alfred Kinsey. Kinsey was a “sexologist,” and his career was focused on studying sexual behavior in both men and women.

Kinsey’s goal was quite simple: Focus on sex and praise everything that comes with it. In 1948, Kinsey’s study, "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," spread like wildfire. Time magazine compared its selling to that of "Gone with the Wind." His goal was to glorify, praise, and normalize sex in every possible facet. However, his methods of research were unsettling to Mrs. Reisman, and she exposed him. 

In her 1990s book, "Kinsey, Sex, and Fraud," Reisman exposed Kinsey for his greatest crime: the sexual abuse of young children. After his book had been released, Reisman discovered that sexual abuse was inflicted on 317 boys as young as two months and up to 15 years old as part of his testing methodology which was included in his research.    

Two. Months. Old.

In 1948, sexologists were reportedly raping babies in the name of “science.” Can you imagine how much worse things are getting in today’s world? On digital screens everywhere, there is sex. Why? Because it sells, and people buy.

Today, the average porn exposure is 10-years-old, and top porn sites rank higher than Netflix when it comes to clicks. Surprised? We shouldn’t be. When Judith made her claim against Kinsey and chose to help bring justice to those children, her world changed. While her conservative beliefs may have caused her to be an outcast from some circles, it opened her eyes to how dangerous pornographic sex was for those participating in it.

She discovered the effects of “erototoxins” otherwise known as the chemicals that flood the brain when pornography is viewed. Her studies proved that these toxins could rewire one’s brain and cause many negative issues related to sex and relationships. 

But after unearthing such terrible things, Reisman continued to fight. Instead of sitting by the wayside, she became a voice for the children, men, and women affected by porn. She was so vital in the fight against porn that she and other Christians, such as American Family Association founder Don Wildmon, were successful in banning Playboy magazines in 7-Eleven and other convenience stores.

But she did it with class and grace.

She refused to let evil win, and instead, defeated multi-millionaires. Today, I can’t help but wonder what the world would look like if we had more women like Judith. If we had more women willing to get their hands dirty, research, fight, and uncover even more of the dark things happening to children.

Reisman sparked an anti-pornography movement that led to President Reagan conducting the Messe Commission on Pornography, bringing justice to children who were abused, and bringing awareness of the actual effects of pornography on the brain. Why does it have to stop with her?

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).

Hannah Harrison writes content for American Family Association's Journal.

Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared on the American Family Association.

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