But will it do more harm than good?
It’s well documented that watching pornography can have a positive impact on your life, but now it can also benefit society at large.
Two Stanford University grads, going by the aliases of Adam Lee and James Cook, are tapping into the multibillion-dollar porn industry with their website IJustCame.org.
Click through to the link and you’ll be confronted with dicks, tits, asses, dicks in asses, this list could go on forever… Yep, it looks like a cheap sex site and, really, you could easily get off just by watching the GIFs over and over and using your imagination to finish them – and yourself – off. But don’t, because there’s so much more to it than that.
For each video that’s viewed, the duo have pledged to donate one US penny to charities of their choosing, including The Movember Foundation, which funds research for prostate and testicular cancer; the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, which funds research into ovarian cancer; and the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps heal and empower victims of sexual assault.
Cook explains that the former two were chosen “for obvious reasons”, and the latter because he and Lee thought it was important to work with a charity that actually works on social issues the porn industry is accused of promoting.
However, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the donations for that exact reason. Some are even going so far as to say the charities – especially the Joyful Heart Foundation – should reject the donations, as accepting them would ultimately mean accepting what the porn industry is encouraging.
The only catch is that users are only allowed to make two donations (*wink, wink*) a day.
Part of me thinks this is a great thing they’re doing, but another part thinks these guys could donate more than a penny. But, then again, at least they’re putting their thoughts into actions. If it were left up to the people, there’s no way most of us would willingly donate money to a charity every time we watched a porno. Firstly for the anonymity and the fear of being found out – after all, masturbation is not openly spoken about – and secondly for the guilt factor; they’re doing something that’s considered dirty and ultimately ‘selfishly’ helping themselves to help those who are doing good for others. But finally – and most significantly – people don’t want to part with their money.
So well done, gents. I, for one, am so appreciative that you chose this venture rather than the lunchtime meet-up app you originally intended to pursue. We don’t need another dating app promoting bigotry, we need to give people an outlet to feel free to embrace their sexuality, and do some good to society at the same time – and now we have you to thank for making this a reality.
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Comment: Do you think the charities should happily accept any donations that come their way, no matter how the funds are raised?