X-Men Apocalypse: This is one of the best X-Men movies yet. This movie is unlike any movie seen yet full of E-Gags (surprises) that I never saw coming, They left me shocked for minutes. Pretty crazy huh, roll on minutes. You will see Magneto's wife and daughter, and what happened to them, along with how Storm got into the group, and you find out what happens when you bring an ancient mutant back to life.
Suicide Squad: It is probably one of my favorite movies right now. If you have seen it then you probably know that this Halloween, one out of every five people you see someone dressed as Holly Quin. But anyway this movie is not like any movie I ever seen, with super villains with superpowers saving the world from mass destruction, which I think is pretty sick. Don’t miss it!!!
Finding Dory: You may think this movie is only for younger viewers, but it’s a pretty good Disney movie. The movie is about Dory trying to find her lost parents only using her broken memory to put together the clues, going across the whole ocean to try to find her parents but ends up in aquarium instead.
B.F.G: If you are thinking, "oh my gosh this guy is a disney lover" that is not entirely true. However, Disney has made some good movies over the years and this is one of those movies. This movie is about a little girl finding a giant and they become best of friends. She comes to find that he is not the only giant living and not all giants are so friendly as him.
Captain America Civil War: I know what you are thinking, "oh my gosh another Disney movie!" Yes, this is another Disney movie. This movie is the best one of its series, and introduces a new group featuring: Antman, Spiderman, Vision, Winter Soldier, Falcon, Black Panther, and Scarlet Witch. Heck yeah, it's a pretty cool movie consisting of a plot about Captain America protecting his friend from Iron man. Doing this splits the Avengers in two.
Lights out: Beware, after seeing this movie you are going to need a nightlight. This movie is full of jumpscares all over, gives nightmares, and I need a sleep mask now so I won't let my imagination scare the crap out of me anymore. This movie is all about trying to get rid of the creepy girl that died there years ago. BEWARE!
Pete's dragon: Yes another Disney one, but this movie is a newer edition from the older movie "Pete's Dragon" from 1977. That one was a good one too but this new movie is all about a boy who lost his parents and went into the woods and found his new best friend: a dragon. Years pass and the boy is eventually found and brought back to town. Pete tries to run away to try to find his friend, but instead the dragon finds him and it gets a little destructive trying to get him back.
Angry birds: if you loved the games than you would definitely love the movie too. It’s just like the game except the birds and the pigs have legs and arms and they can talk. This movie is full of jokes and humor, as well as unlikely heroes.
This is the continuation of the interview with Craig Bakker, from Fight the New Drug, you can read the first part of the interview in The Hawkeye Newspaper.
The Hawkeye: How big is the Fight The New Drug program? Craig Bakker: It’s a global movement now which is great, and it all started here in Utah, but we do more work outside of Utah than within which is exciting. We’ve spoken at the United Nations, we speak at school districts, high schools all across America and we have our Fortify program that’s used in over 150 countries, and has users everywhere, which is incredible. People are recognizing that this stuff is impacting their lives and they’re wanting to share and spread the message.
Hawkeye: How did you get involved with FTND? Bakker: I got involved with FTND when I was teaching out in Africa. I had a good friend that gave me some porn kills love merchandise to give away to some people in Africa and to learn about the problem out there a bit more. As I interacted with college students out in Africa, I would ask them, “How is pornography affecting your lives?” And a lot of them thought it was sex education, and a lot of them it was degrading, and lot of them didn’t understand the bigger scoop to it. As I began to educate them on it and then they began to understand a little bit more, it began to mean something to me. I began to see as I’ve traveled around the world how it impacts people’s lives. And you know it impacted my family as well; I had an older brother that really struggled with this stuff. And everything kinda came full circle for me. And now I have a passion to educate people and to help people understand this.
Hawkeye: Who does pornography affect? Bakker: That’s a great question. Does porn just affect an individual? Sure, it impacts individuals in a big way. Just because as they’re viewing it, it can impact them and their emotions and where they’re at and then it can also impact the relationships around them. Because they stop looking at people they way that they need to. If they become anxious, or they have depression because of this thing in their life, then they separate themselves, that impacts those around them, and it impacts those relationships, and then it impacts both marriages and dating relationships, friendships, it takes people away from each other. But then there’s the whole other spectrum of those on the other side of the screen. A lot of people are forced into doing this thing and kinds of stuff. You know when you click something, you don’t know who is actually wanting to do this. And that’s the reality, porn fuels things like sex trafficking in this world. And so it impacts a lot of people. It impacts a lot of societies. And that’s kinda a heavy thing to recognize that it isn't just an individual, it affects everybody.
Hawkeye: Does pornography affect a specific demographic? Bakker: It is boundless. It affects everybody. That’s the reality. That’s what people don’t understand, is that pornography isn’t just an adult issue. Or isn't just a man’s issue. This is everybody, both men, women, youth, adults, everybody can see this stuff and it impacts everybody.
Hawkeye: How does pornography affect children? Bakker: There are kids that are forced into sex trafficking and child porn, that’s kinda heavy, it’s a different conversation for a different time. But when kids get exposed to this stuff, the younger you are, as your brain’s developing, this stuff gets ingrained into your mind. And you know it kinda ends up changing your views of yourself a lot quicker than someone who has a fully developed brain. Now sure there’s aspects of the brain that's constantly changing, in what we call neuroplasticity of the brain, but the reality is that as people consume this stuff and it changes their mindsets. Gail Dines is an expert that studied these things, she’s a professor that teaches that as people view pornography, it changes and shifts our mindsets. And that dictates everything in our media, it dictates everything in movies, and a lot of things in our lives that we don’t fully grasp and understand. But the younger you are when you get exposed to stuff, it’s going to have a larger impact in your life.
Hawkeye: How has pornography changed over the years? Bakker: Hugely. Pornography has changed in a big way, largely due to the Internet. Pre-Internet, a lot of people had to go get a magazine in a shop somewhere, or a video or things, you couldn’t just look it up on a computer, and since the Internet came out, that’s changed everything forever. It’s more accessible, more affordable, more available, than ever before. And so it allows people to access it whenever they want. Everybody has the internet, walks with it in their phone. You can literally walk just looking at pornography all the time. And now people use pornography with things like Snapchat or Instagram and it's all tied in now. It’s a lot, just the accessibility is everywhere. And the very nature of pornography has changed. The more people view this stuff, the more they want new and exciting things, and the more that turns into violent degrading things. And that’s what a lot of pornography is. Usually it’s just degrading, especially towards women.
Hawkeye: If you have friend who’s addicted to pornography, what changes do you see in them? Bakker: Generally as people use addictive things, over time they end up separating themselves from people or they have a lot of anxiety or depression in their lives. A lot of their emotional behavior changes in the way they interact with others. Paying attention to social cues is really important as people use things that are harmful. Over time just pay attention to where they’re at. And when you start recognizing that they may be struggling with something, it’s important that you help out, get involved, because if they don’t get some help, things could get worse for them. Use positive peer pressure, if people are smoking cigarettes, don’t judge them. Help them out, give them the reasons why they don’t need this in their life, and help them out with it. That’s an important thing.
Hawkeye: How does addiction to pornography differ from, and is similar to, addiction to other drugs? Bakker: With pornography, it’s not going to make your hair fall out or make your teeth turn yellow. But with the brain, the process of building up to an addictive thing and habitual or compulsion habit like that, it’s all the same part of the brain. It doesn’t matter whether it’s nicotine or pornogrpahy. It impacts that same part of the brain. And so the big difference is you can see a lot of physical effects. You’re injecting, you’re drinking, you’re smoking something. Where viewing pornography, it comes through the eyes. And that chemical rush comes from the inside and that builds up a little differently that way. So it’s interesting when you’re trying to compare the two. But with the brain the process of addiction is the exact same. And that's what we know. Sure, they’re totally different things, but there’s a strong comparison to them. And recent studies have found the part of the brain that gets impacted is the exact same.
Hawkeye: How would you define addiction? Bakker: There's a spectrum of addiction, and a lot of time when people hear the word addiction, or something that’s addictive, they think if you look once you’re gonna be hooked, that’s game over But that’s not the case, that’s not how addiction works. So something that is an addictive thing, like cigarettes or pornography, it takes time. The more you use an addictive thing, the more likely you’re going to become addicted to it, because that thing itself is addictive. And that’s what we know with pornography, it impacts the rewards pathway in the brain, it impacts the frontal lobe in the brain, it impacts our mindset. So overtime the more you use it, the more addictive it becomes.
Hawkeye: How many people would you say are addicted to pornongraphy? Bakker: That’s a hard question to answer because there’s not any actual data. And defining like at what point is someone addicted is something you can’t necessarily pinpoint, because everyone’s minds and brains are different. But we do know that this impacts people’s lives and in itself leads to addiction. We have thousands of people telling us about their struggles. Some of them aren’t in a full blown addictive state and some of them are. More often than not, people have struggles with this, and that’s what we should recognize; that people struggle with this, like people struggle with alcoholism or smoking cigarettes. That’s the reality, that people struggle with these things, and over time the more you use the worse it gets. And so again, it’s hard to pinpoint how many people are addicted or how often, there's a spectrum of that. And so that’s what people need to understand.
Hawkeye: What can I do to help someone struggling with a pornography addiction? Bakker: If someone’s struggling with this, I encourage you to be a real friend to them, that’s a super key thing. It seems really simple, but tell them that it’s okay. Tell them that you’re not judging them. That this thing that they’re struggling with, whether it’s pornography or whether it’s something else, let them know that it doesn’t define them. They are bigger than that. And just by hearing those things that encourage people along the way. Because a lot of the time when people struggle with something, they think that this is what defines them. They’re never going to break away from it. By just helping them understand that this isn’t who they are. And then working along with them, following up with them, and saying hey how’s it going with that? Oh you’re doing better with that? That’s awesome! And then just be that friend along the way. A lot of time all people need is somebody to talk to. And that’s a key thing.
Hawkeye: If I’m struggling with pornography, what can I do to overcome my addiction? Bakker: First of all, analyze your behavior. What are you doing, what are your triggers? Most of the time, people have triggers. They have things that they’re either doing and they say ‘oh now I want this.’ A lot of times when you’re bored. Or a lot of times when you’re alone and you have your phone or your computer next to you. And so it’s analyzing the situations that trigger you most, that you can fall into those pitfalls. We have a really cool program called the Fortify program, it’s an online recovery program, that helps people understand their habits and their learning and where they’re at with these things. And it’s great to go through a program like that, and it’s free, which is awesome, so it’s great to go through something like that, because you can recognize where you’re at. And a lot of time people think that they might be fully addicted when they’re not. So they might be able to overcome these things a lot faster, which is a really important thing to understand. Another thing is it’s important to not judge yourself, don’t be to hard on yourself. Anybody can struggle with this, it’s everywhere. And so it’s important to say I’m not a bad person, and I don’t have to be too hard on myself, and I can do this. And then recognize your habits, keep a journal, keep a log, both mentally, written, and along the way you can find ways to overcome these things
Hawkeye: How can you stay away from pornography? Bakker: Key thing is, recognize that it’s harmful, first of all, and recognize that you don’t need this in your life. I think that in the world that we live in today, this stuff's going to pop up. I think you can be on Google search and search something totally unrelated and it’ll pop up. You can be on Instagram looking up hashtags that have nothing to do with pornography and someone could tag it, it could pop up. It could impact you that way when you see it. But you just have to make the decision that no, you don’t need this in your life. Take those initial steps and work within your community. If you tell your friends that you want to be away from this stuff, and then they encourage you to be away from it, and then you talk to your parents, and your community as a whole, and that begins to change things. Because when there’s a large amount of people that understand the harms, they’ll want to stay away from it, but when there’s more and more people that don’t recognize the harms, the more they’re going to want it. And be involved in it. And people didn’t understand that cigarettes were harmful. I mean back in the day, everyone used to smoke! And then once people understood the research, over time people stopped smoking. And now, you know you go up to someone who smokes on the street and go you know that causes cancer right? And they’re gonna say yeah I know, don’t bother me. But the majority of people have made the decision to stop smoking. And that’s kinda where pornography is at today. A large majority of people think that there’s nothing wrong with it. But now that there’s research out, a large group of people understand that it is harmful and that conversations growing, and understanding that if this can impact our lives and we can regulate it, we don’t need this in our lives, and that helps.
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