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Consider Before Consuming

Think about all of the things you consider every day to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community happy, healthy, and hopeful. Now consider this: There is an ever-growing body of research demonstrating significant negative impacts, for yourself and the ones you love, in the consumption of pornography. It can change the way you think, harm your ability to connect with other people, and can contribute to changing the world in negative ways. Join us every other week as we consider the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts. Consider Before Consuming is brought to you by Fight the New Drug (FTND). FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative nonprofit that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and its links to sexual exploitation using only science, facts, and personal accounts.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

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Lamar Odom: Professional Athlete

Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains graphic descriptions of sex and drug use. Listener discretion is advised.Lamar Odom is one of the most prominent professional athletes to go public with his decision to stop watching porn. After telling TMZ Sports that he had given up porn as part of building a healthier lifestyle for himself, we sat down with the former NBA star near his birthplace of Queens, New York. In this episode, listen to Lamar open up about how his porn habits negatively affected his performance as an athlete and warped his sexual encounters with partners. Also, hear how Lamar has been able to improve the intimacy in his life and focus on his athletic aspirations after deciding to cut out porn. We always admire when influential people speak up about how pornography has affected them in negative ways. We applaud Lamar for being unapologetically real about this issue, and we are so grateful for his support in our efforts to educate individuals on the harms of pornography.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org. To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport. Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

42mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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John Foubert, Ph.D.: Researcher, Author, & Activist

Dr. John Foubert has a 30-page resume, but what’s more impressive, he’s a very personable conversationalist. As a Dean of the College of Education at Union University, Dr. Foubert stays busy, acting as the Principal of Dr. John D. Foubert, LLC., and serving for the U.S. Army as the Highly Qualified Expert for Sexual Assault Prevention. He also continues to work for the national nonprofit organization he founded called One in Four where, for 20 years, he has researched rape prevention programs on college campuses, in communities, and in the military.Dr. John Foubert sat down with us to discuss what research shows about the heavy links porn has to sexual violence, a facet of this issue often overlooked by pro-porn advocates. We thank Dr. Foubert for sharing his work and expert perspective on this podcast, and appreciate his continued work in this field of research.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

38mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Eli Nash: Entrepreneur, Recovering Porn Addict, & Activist

Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains graphic descriptions of childhood sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.Eli Nash shared his hardships on the TEDx stage in his talk titled “Escaping Porn Addiction" and now he’s telling our listeners his story. What started as an appeal to women’s clothing catalogues at a young age quickly turned to an appetite for internet porn, leading to an addiction to pornography that would follow him well into adulthood. It wasn’t until things got too far in reality that Eli realized that porn was more than a fantasy: it was, as he says, the very thing that drove him to be unfaithful to his now wife. Never wanting to hurt her again, Eli has now vowed to make it his life’s priority to never again see porn. Listen to Eli as he shares his story with podcast host Garrett Jonsson, describing how he decided to come forward with the truth about his addiction and his early childhood sexual abuse that may have played a part in it. You can watch Eli’s TEDx Talk here or connect with Eli on Instagram at @eliyahu_nash.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org. Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

1hr 3mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Crissy Outlaw: Activist & Former Performer

Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse, drug abuse, and explicit situations while performing in porn. Listener discretion is advised.Crissy was molested at the age of four, a pattern of abuse that would continue throughout her childhood and teen years. When she became an adult, various decisions and pressures to please the men in her life lead Crissy to start working as a performer in pornography. For seven years, Crissy performed in pornography, enduring more physical and emotional abuse and surviving several suicide attempts. Her ongoing search for love and approval kept her in the porn industry until she was able to break free from the industry and never look back. Now, Crissy has dedicated her life to sharing her story and helping women in different parts of the sex industry break free. Her story has been featured in several news outlets and magazines, including GQ and Playboy. Hear Crissy’s story in her own words as we discuss the experiences that pushed her into the porn industry and, ultimately, caused her to escape it.One study showed between 66-90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org. To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

54mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Sabrina Parr: Lifestyle Coach & Social Media Influencer

If you haven’t heard of Sabrina Parr yet, that's about to change. Not only is she a popular health and lifestyle coach in Atlanta, Georgia, but this Cleveland native is currently dating two-time NBA champion and previous guest on this podcast, Lamar Odom! In this episode, Sabrina talks with podcast host Garrett Jonsson about how pornography has negatively influenced her habits and relationships, and how Parr and Odom have addressed the issue of pornography in their new and public relationship. You can find Sabrina on Instagram at @getuptoparr and look out for her and Lamar’s new reality TV show, coming soon.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and it's larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

50mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Chaz Smith: Social Media Influencer & Fighter

You might know him as the funny guy on YouTube who zooms in on his face and pronounces things incorrectly, but did you know Chaz Smith is also an advocate for the movement for love? In this episode which was recorded during a trip to spread the movement in Guatemala, Chaz Smith gets personal (and silly) with our podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, sharing his perspective on pornography and why he became a Fighter. Garrett and Chaz combat the stigma that often surrounds this topic, with Chaz stating, “there is no shame in sharing what you’re struggling with [and] what you’ve been through.” You can find Chaz Smith on YouTube, or follow him on Instagram at @chazsmith.To learn more about the harms of pornography on the consumer, their relationships, and larger societal impacts, visit ftnd.org.To support the podcast, visit ftnd.org/cbcsupport.For resources mentioned in this podcast, click here.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

38mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Libbi: Activist & Former Partner of a Porn Addict

Trigger warning: Some listeners who have experienced betrayal trauma may find the accounts in this episode to be graphic and/or disturbing.For this episode of Consider Before Consuming, we sat down with Libbi (name changed to conceal her identity), an anti-porn activist and follower of Fight the New Drug, to discuss her experience of being married to a porn addict. At first, Libbi says she and her ex-spouse were working on addressing his compulsive pornography habit, but later decided to go their separate ways after he revealed that he was never sexually attracted to her—and believed he might never be. Listen to Libbi's vulnerable story as she opens up to our podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, about life with a porn addict.During the conversation, Libbi displays some raw emotion, which is understandable due to the trauma she experienced—listener discretion is advised.Libbi is just one of the over 4 million Fighters worldwide who have recognized the harms of pornography and have pledged to do something about it. To learn more about how you can get involved in this movement for love and human connection, visit ftnd.org.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

49mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.: Researcher & Activist

Did you know that porn can actually deeply affect the way we view and treat those around us? Just ask Walter DeKeseredy, an academic researcher and author who’s been studying violence against women for over 30 years. In addition to the 25 books, 83 scholarly book chapters, and over 100 scientific journal articles he’s published on sexual violence and other related social problems, Dr. DeKeseredy has received so many awards for his work that it’s almost difficult to keep track of. His extensive knowledge and passion for the cause can be clearly heard throughout this episode of Consider Before Consuming. Listen in as Dr. Dekeseredy and podcast host Garrett Jonsson discuss the correlation between pornography and sexual violence, how pornography has changed over the years, and how pornography can affect our relationships to those around us. To learn more about Dr. DeKeseredy and his work, you can visit his faculty page at West Virginia University, where he is the Director of the Research Center on Violence and a Professor of Sociology.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

36mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Richie Hardcore: Public Speaker & Activist

Trigger warning: The following podcast episode contains quoted graphic song lyrics to bring awareness to how porn can influence culture. Listener discretion is advised.Meet Richie Hardcore! (Yes, that is his real last name. No, he has not performed in porn.) Richie is a retired professional kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter from New Zealand. Today, he splits his time between training other fighters and his work as an activist, which includes public speaking against the harms of pornography. Richie sits with podcast host Garrett Jonsson to discuss how he came to understand the harms of porn, how pornography negatively influenced him personally, and how important it is to talk to the youth of today about the lies the porn industry sells and, instead, encourage safe and healthy sexuality with a consenting partner. You can find Richie on Instagram (@richiehardcore) or his website, richiehardcore.comTo learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and it's larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

43mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Carmel & Lynae: Activists & 2018’s Fighters Of The Year

Carmel and Lynae are two twin sisters and Fighters from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Their journey of getting involved with Fight the New Drug began almost 4 years ago, when they saw a Facebook post from a friend in a red “Porn Kills Love” tee. What started as a mutual interest in our posts on the social network grew into an active following of our blog and other social platforms for both Lynae and Carmel. They made huge waves in their Wisconsin community of La Crosse after a local university paid thousands of dollars to a porn performer to give a talk to students about sex education and porn, intended to help the campus celebrate their Free Speech Week. In response, Lynae and Carmel posted on Facebook wearing their “Porn Kills Love” tees with fellow Fighter friends and talked about how porn harms the consumer, relationships, and society in general. The attention the post received and the wider conversations it sparked were unexpected, but amazing. Hear Carmel and Lynae describe their experiences in spreading awareness of the harms of pornography with podcast host Garrett Jonsson.We are grateful for these two incredible Fighters and their efforts to start a conversation on porn’s harms in their community. It is because of these efforts that Carmel and Lynae were awarded with the 2018 Fighter of the Year award! Think you’ve got what it takes to win it next year? Nominate yourself or a friend for our 2019 Fighter of the Year award for changing the conversation on porn's harms by visiting FTND.org/foty.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode. To learn more about how pornography can negatively impact individuals, relationships, and society at large, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/donate.Thank you for listening, and remember to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

46mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Samantha Leonard: Survivor, Author, & Activist

Trigger Warning: During this conversation we discuss childhood sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised. Samantha Leonard is the author of “Groomed: Shining a Light on the Unheard Narrative of Childhood Sexual Assault,” a novel that tells the shocking tale of one young woman’s journey of abuse. Samantha wrote “Groomed” as a fictional story, drawing from her own personal experience being groomed, and from the personal experience of other child exploitation survivors. She sat down with Consider Before Consuming podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, to discuss how, as a society, we need to become more aware of what grooming can look like, and how pornography often plays a role in desensitizing the victim. Listen as Samantha draws from her and Blair’s (the fictional main character in “Groomed”) personal experience in the grooming process, and what we as members of society can do to recognize abuse, and intervene when it is happening. Samantha’s book “Groomed” can be found on Amazon. You can also find Samantha Leonard on samantharaeleonard.com or on Instagram @samantha__leonard. Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode. To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org. To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport. Thank you for listening, and we invite you to consider before consuming. Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

39mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Harmony (Dust) Grillo: Survivor, Founder, & Author

Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Listener discretion is advised.This week’s interview is with exploitation and trafficking survivor turned UCLA honor student, Harmony (Dust) Grillo. Today, Harmony is the founder of Treasures, an outreach and support group to help women and girls who are entrenched in sexual exploitation find freedom.Harmony speaks with podcast host, Garrett Jonsson, drawing from her own personal experience of being abandoned at a young age and lured into the commercial sex industry from her “Romeo pimp.” Armed with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Harmony sheds light on the impact of a pornified culture and the lives of women trapped within it. Her memoir, Scars and Stilettos, details her harrowing account of moving from victim to survivor to liberator, and can be found at iamatreasure.com.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thanks for listening.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

39mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Brook Parker-Bello, Ph.D.: Survivor, CEO, & Activist

Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of abuse, rape, sex trafficking, drug facilitated sexual assault, and suicide ideation. Listener discretion is advised. Dr. Brook Parker-Bello is a writer, teacher, actor, CEO, justice advocate, author, entrepreneur, yoga instructor, visionary, curriculum developer, mentor, and founder of multiple organizations. She became a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President of the United States and the White House for her outstanding achievements. Brook is a champion survivor of rape, sex trafficking, drug facilitated sexual assault, and suicide ideation. On top of all this, she is the founder and CEO of the award winning More Too Life, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. She is all this and so much more. We’re grateful that Brook took 30-minutes out of her busy schedule to sit with our podcast host Garrett Jonsson to discuss some of the negative impacts of pornography, and what she’s doing to fight for healthy human connection. You can find her work at moretoolife.org or reach out to her on Twitter at @BrookBello.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, visit FTND.org/cbcsupport.Thank you for listening, we invite you to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

33mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Terry Crews: Actor, Former-NFL Player, Ex-Porn Addict, & Activist

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH TERRY CREWS HERE.Terry Crews is perhaps best known for his hilarious bicep-bulging Old Spice videos, but since achieving viral YouTube fame, Terry has gone on to become a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He has starred in hit TV series such as Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and is featured in popular movies including White Chicks, The Longest Yard, Bridesmaids, The Expendables. Now the host of America’s Got Talent, Terry has also been outspoken about the harms of porn since 2015 when he repped a “Porn Kills Love” tee on Instagram. Listen as Terry Crews tells podcast host Garrett Jonsson how he really feels about pornography—especially during this time of social isolation during the current COVID-19 crisis. Hear why he’s on a mission to educate individuals about porn’s harms while also being a beacon of hope for those who feel stuck in their recovery. You can get more of Terry Crews by tuning into Brooklyn Nine-Nine, America’s Got Talent, and connecting with him on social media at @terrycrews.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here.Thank you for listening, as you go about your day we invite you to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

1hr 4mins

6 May 2020

Rank #14

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Jay Stringer: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Author, & Activist

Trigger warning: During this episode we discuss child sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.This week’s interview is with Jay Stringer. Jay is a licensed mental health counselor from Seattle, WA, the author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, and the creator of the Unwanted Sexual Behavior Self-Assessment that guides individuals to connect the dots between their story and their porn use. Listen to Jay and podcast host Garrett Jonsson discuss the nature behind porn addiction and how addressing the root of the issue can be an effective way to reaching long lasting freedom from it.To learn more about Jay, visit his website: jay-stringer.com.Click here to access the resources discussed in this episode.To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.To support this podcast, click here.Thank you for listening, as you go about your day we invite you to consider before consuming.Fight the New Drug collaborates with a variety of qualified organizations and individuals with varying personal beliefs, affiliations, and political persuasions. As FTND is a non-religious and non-legislative organization, the personal beliefs, affiliations, and persuasions of any of our team members or of those we collaborate with do not reflect or impact the mission of Fight the New Drug.

53mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #15