By Joseph Nemec
History teacher Grover Green ‘04 sees a problem at STH. That problem is porn.
“It’s the big elephant in the room that no one want to talk about but is very prevalent,” Green said.
Ever since he was a student at St. Thomas, Green has been aware of the impact of pornography on his
classmates and students. Now with porn becoming more easily accessible, he is concerned about the
impact it is having on the students of St. Thomas.
“It twists and corrupts the vision that young men could have relationships with girls,” Green said.
“Pornography undermines them.”
Choices Councelor Brodie Simmons agrees that the prevalence of porn in the school is concerning.
“From the survey we take at the school we know porn is an issue,” Simmons said.
“When you develop a process addiction, particularly with pornography, it triggers a part of your brain
it’s going to line up and release dopamine and get you very excited and, essential stop your prefrontal
cortex,” he said.
It also has notable effect socially too.
“It develops unrealistic expectations around sex, it develops unrealistic expectations around
relationships and it’s a researched known cause of creating poor self-esteem among men,” he said.
This is why the theology department and the Choices program teamed up to bring former
pornography producer Donny Pauling to St. Thomas.
“We wanted to find someone who would be able to be an expert in this area and provide us with some
more information and help the entire community and student body,” Simmons said.
On Tuesday, September 16, Cemo Auditorium was filled with students and parents anxious to learn
about the negative effects that pornography has on students.
Pauling, who was a former producer in the porn industry, emphasized the pain the industry causes
Of all the about 500 girls he recruited to the porn business, not one came back to thank him.
Now as a speaker, he travels around the country warning about the dangers of pornography.
Pauling makes the point that pornography demeans the dignity of the human person.
He gives the call to action, “Just not look,” It’s just simple economics, if there is no demand for
pornography, there is no supply.
Pauling also presented to theology classes to preach his message to students who were not able to
attend the Tuesday night presentation.
The hope of the presentation according to Green is to have a positive impact on students and create a
new vision about the dangers of pornography. Students need to be aware of the effects pornography
has on the individual in the future.