Pornography, with its sleazy filth, sweeps over the earth like a horrible, engulfing tide. It is poison. Do not watch it or read it. It will destroy you if you do. It will take from you your self-respect. It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life. It will tear you down and pull you into a slough of evil thoughts and possibly of evil actions. Stay away from it. Shun it as you would a foul disease, for it is just as deadly.
President Gordon B. Hinckley,
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
DISCUSSION OF EXPERIENCES: Although relating our own pornography experiences, thoughts, or failures might be beneficial in making a point or bearing a testimony, relating the graphic details of such an experience have the possibility of doing more harm than good. To have the hows, whys, and wheres described in any detail often leave a deeper impression than the good that came from what you learned. Details are better left unmentioned on a list such as this. The telling of experiences is welcome, but it is recommended that the details be eschewed. Even the hinting of a location will not be allowed. Comments such as "the biggest park in my town", "the bookstore down the street from where I work", etc will not be tolerated. Surely one can discuss addictions and problems associated with pornography, etc but this can and should be done with no reference to where in any form. Since pornography addiction and abuse is often accompanied by other forms of sexual problems, it will naturally be allowed to discuss related difficulties on the list. We recognize that receiving support for difficult problems often involves checking in with bad news, i.e., slip ups. No messages criticizing, demeaning, or condemning someone who has made an error will be forwarded to the list or to the person privately.
DISCUSSION OF SENSITIVE TOPICS: There are many sensitive topics related to our mailing list, which include masturbation, pornography, sexual abuse, and many other sexual topics. These discussions are welcome, however, it is an area which needs special attention to assure that these topics are not spoken of lightly, in too great of detail, or in a context which will make the subject matter more offensive than helpful. This includes the need to keep the discussion of such matters to a minimum and making sure the discussion directly relates to our issue of pornography abuse.
When discussing necessarily specific issues such as masturbation and anatomy, we also use correct language rather than the vernacular. Words such as "masturbation" and "pornography" are preferable to abbreviations such as "the M-word" and "porno". All discussion of issues should be done as between adults who are acting like adults using clean language. The only exception to this is when subscribers with filtering software need to abbreviate such words to accommodate their software's requirements.
HUMOR: In light of the above guidelines, humor on this mailing list needs to be that which is becoming of a Latter-day Saint. Humor of a sexual nature or which might be considered offensive to some audiences, will not be a part of this mailing list. Humor is necessary and welcome, but needs to be shared in light of the goals of this mailing list. We stay clear of cruelty or light-mindedness about sacred things.
With the respect to the guidelines stated above, one caveat must be made concerning posting on Clean-LDS or Clean-Support. If you would not say it to a small group of people with Jesus Christ in the midst, it is better left unsaid.
Private message forwarding is available through the moderator but he will not forward messages he deems to be inappropriate, harsh, critical, or generally irrelevant to our issue. Such messages must be clearly marked as private. The moderator will not be responsible for posting something to the list intended as private if the sender didn't take the time to mark it clearly as private.
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