Slavery & Porn & Dresses & Dordt

For the month of December, my peers and I at Dordt College are participating in “Dressember.” Every day this month, we are dressing up to raise awareness of those who are silenced by the oppression of sex trafficking. We are using our voices, our wardrobes, and our social media to say “This is not okay. We recognize the wrongs, and we are going to fight against it.”

Now, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t completely on board when Dordt announced this project. How is me wearing a dress in Sioux Center, IA going to help someone being trafficked across the planet? Why aren’t we working for change in our own communities instead of working for places most of us have never been and will never go to?

Unfortunately, we are far more linked to slavery then any of us would ever like to admit. The coffee we drink, the minerals that make our cellphone vibrate, the clothes we wear . . . most of what we use can be linked to slavery. When it comes to sex trafficking, one enormous source comes straight from our North American computers: porn.

“To viewers, pornography can appear a fantasy world of pleasure and thrills. To those who create and participate in making pornography, however, their experiences are often flooded with drugs, disease, slavery, trafficking, rape, and abuse.” (fightthenewdrug.org)

I know I’ve written about pornography before, but this is something I cannot keep silent about. Sexual abuse and manipulation is something that happens worldwide, not just “out there.” It’s right here in our own communities. It is harmful and destructive for those who make it as well as those who watch it.

Through Dressember we’re fighting for the inherent dignity all people deserve simply for being human beings that were created in the image of God. Every morning when we put on our dressy attire, we pray for all the people who are trapped and abused worldwide. So let’s fight to all release these chains that Christ has broken and step into a life of grace. Let’s partner with organizations like International Justice Mission, The Enough Project, Made In A Free WorldFight The New Drug, and so many more that work to make sure each person is loved and respected. That’s what I want for you, for me, for Dordt College, and for all people of all nations. Let’s fight for humanity, for dignity, and for love.

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To donate to the Dordt College Dressember fundraiser, click here!

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