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The first Olympic record has already been broken: 150,000 Free Condoms to Be Distributed to Athletes at Summer Olympics in London. Maybe we should call it the “Bonelympics.” * * * * * * * Do you think the promoters think such stories add to the Olympics’ charm? * * * * * * * This unorthodox blog post has three great (and relatively-unknown) Chesterton quotes:

“The definition of the true savage is that he laughs when he hurts you; and howls when you hurt him.”

“Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. . . . It may mean that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal; and that you are a paralytic.”

“[S]ince the triumph of what was called rationalism, we have successfully cultivated everything except reason.”

I’ve never frequented that site. It’s in my bookmarks now. * * * * * * * Hear that sound? It’s the sound of Hell freezing over. The leftist Huffington Post ran a piece excoriating pornography. It’s awfully good. And it’s written by a woman who used to enjoy porn. I imagine the effects she describes are much worse for men. Generous excerpt:

I wish that 10 years ago someone had educated me on pornography. What it is, what it does and what it reaches in and destroys in the hearts, minds and bodies of men and women.

I wish that someone would have told me that researchers have suggested it sabotages your sex life.

I wish someone would have explained how dopamine, the chemical that is released every time you experience pleasure, drives you to return to what provided that feeling before.

I wish someone would have told me that the kind of pornography you’re most turned on by is usually linked to a corresponding hurtful event in your life, further injuring your brokenness.

I wish someone would have told me pornography would normalize things I wasn’t emotionally or physically ready to handle in my relationships with men, making me feel like I had no options or control over my sex life, filling me with much regret and physical pain.

I wish someone would have told me I would begin to objectify men, build up images in my mind and think of sex day in and day out, to the point where I couldn’t remain focused on anything else.

I wish someone would have told me it would make me feel less valuable to men and bring up insecurities for years in the bedroom.

I wish someone would have pointed out pornography can establish your sexuality completely apart from real-life relationships, causing huge problems in your intimacy with real significant others.

I wish someone would have explained what “sexual anorexia” was and that countless young men are unable to get erections because they’ve been watching porn since they were around 14 years old.

I wish someone would have told all the men I’ve dated that the porn they are watching is keeping them from being turned on by me, ultimately destroying our relationship.

I wish someone would have told me that the dopamine and oxytocin being released from my watching certain types of pornography would cause me to question my sexual orientation, which in turn cost me relationships with friends

Wow. Hat’s off to you, HP. You’ve actually done some good in the world.