Romance porn: More women are addicted than you think

July 21, 2016
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By Lea Z. Singh |

My latest piece, published today by Crisis Magazine:

Every year, pornography tangles up millions of people in its sticky spider webs. It rolls them up like hapless flies, and sucks out their brains until they are pretty much the walking dead. Christians are not exempt. And we are finally starting to admit it and talk about it.

But there is still something missing in the discussion. Most of the time, articles about the negative effects of pornography focus on men. Women have set up lawn chairs on the sidelines, often as despairing wives who wonder how to deal with their porn-entangled husbands.

And this seems only right, because many of us believe that pornography is mostly a male problem. Although women are increasingly consuming pornography, the majority of users of internet porn are still men. For instance, CovenantEyes reports that "68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week","64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women say they watch porn at least once a month", and "Men are more than 543% more likely to look at porn than women."

But what if these statistics are not giving us the whole picture? What if they are ignoring a huge segment of the pornography industry, a segment which affects millions of women just as powerfully and negatively as internet pornography affects men?

Click here to read the rest at Crisis Magazine.

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