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Alisa Drake is a contributing author to a number of published works that address the problems of a sexualized culture.  If you would like to read some her insights on a number of topics, give some of the articles below a read.

The Real Legacy of Hugh Hefner

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HOLMBY HILLS, CA – MAY 6: (L to R) Playboy bunny Sheila Levell, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunny Holly Madison perform a scene during the filming of a commercial for “X Games IX” at the Playboy Mansion May 6, 2003 in Holmby Hills, California. This year’s X Games will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles from August 14th through 18th. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

….A man, a human being has died, and because of this, I struggle with ambivalence as I write this piece. I struggle because I have compassion for his departed soul and I have empathy for those who loved and cherished him as family or friend, and it is to them that I offer my condolences.

While I will not bash Mr. Hefner, the human being, I will be open about my questioning of the deservedness of his celebrated legacy. I, for the life of me, am unable to take part in the memorialization of someone who’s greatest influence, in my mind, was among the most destructive phenomena of our modern-day culture: The sexual revolution ignited by Playboy Magazine.

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Are We Allowing the Harvey Weinstein’s of the World?

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…In today’s society, money is what keeps accomplices silent and abusive men and women in power. Weinstein is just one in a laundry list of wealthy, political and/or media powerhouses who have risen to fame and wealth and then fallen from sexual scandal. Weinstein, who has 38 (and growing) active allegations against him, has now joined the likes of Bill Cosby, Anthony Weiner, and Bill Clinton. And where do we think that these massive amounts of money come from?

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Disturbing: How Could Anyone Think that Child Sex Doll were a Good Idea?

A girl stands as pupils following the Freinet teaching method study in a class room on December 12, 2016 in Paris. The Freinet teaching method experiences a renewed interest with 3,000 teachers putting it into practice in France, according AFP on January 3, 2017. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

….Okay, so let’s set aside the idea of child-like dolls and sex for a moment and consider these few questions: Does “near-beer” satisfy the alcoholic? Does a winning round satisfy the gambler? Does porn satisfy the sex addict? Does just “one more hit” satisfy the junkie?

No. No. No. And no.

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The Impact and Legacy of Shame: How Christians can Help Others on the Road to Recovery and Redemption

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NEW YORK – JANUARY 08: A man passes by an adult video store January 8, 2009 in New York. According to reports, Porn industry leaders Larry Flynt and Joe Francis are asking for five billion dollars of government bailout money because the industry has been hit hard by the U.S. economic woes. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

…A person experiencing shame might not just feel unworthy, instead they believe that they truly have no worth, often to the point of believing that they should not exist.  A person in shame does not believe they have DONE something wrong, they believe that they ARE something wrong.

Feelings are often fleeting and can change in an instant. But unlike feelings, beliefs are not fleeting, they are much more concrete and require a considerable amount of work to reverse, undo, and change.

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