And fifty years later, in 2014, you can see it on the Internet, in the privacy of your own home.
And so can your kids.
I don't think that there's anything quite as destructive for a marriage than pornography. It changes those who become attracted to it (almost exclusively men). The husband you married, after prolonged exposure to pornography, will become someone different entirely.
Sounds far-fetched? It;'s not. The imagery viewed satisfies a psychochemical craving for quick arousal, something like a drug.
But the 'kick' doesn't last, and like drugs, the 'dosage', or 'arousal potential' of the images viewed has to increase to give the same level of...well, satisfaction.
I won't go into what those images are. Like Potter Stewart, I'd just rather not. But what they do is portray a view of sex that is horribly warped and corrupt.
If you thought your husband was thinking about sex in that way, you'd be shocked, and disgusted, and most of all, saddened.
Saddened because you'd realize that when you're intimate, he's not thinking about you. The images in his mind are of other women, other situations. He's not there, except for the physical release.
The figures of how many men are attracted to - or addicted to pornography vary widely. But there's no question - the numbers are huge.
And the effect beyond your marriage is evil. There's a lot of talk about human trafficking...where do you think these women go?
Prostitution and pornography, forced drug use, and an early death. Every click a man makes on a pornographic website is more profit for the vermin that are in this business.
It's also a good way for a man to lose a job...most companies have a zero-tolerance policy for viewing pornography online while at work, and that's a pretty horrible thing to have to explain to a human-resource officer while trying to find another job.
How can you protect your marriage against this devil's trap?
Simple. It's really simple.
Total transparency in your online presence. That means shared passwords, shared email accpounts, shared Facebook pages.
It means installing software that tracks websites that have been visited on every computer you own...and having the courage to check. Regularly and thoroughly.
This is not a time for "you're suspicious!"
It's a matter of preserving health and preserving marriage against something sent by Satan.
This post is linked to Wedded Wednesday, a compendium of really cool posts on marriage. If you click on the logo below, you'll be taken to www.messymarriage.com, which is the springboard to a wealth of information.