“I lived in shame and secrecy for so many years. I told myself that no one would understand, because this isn’t something that any other girl struggles with.”
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Not only are the harmful effects of porn often overlooked, but there are also many misconceptions on the issue. Most notably, many people believe that porn is just a “guy thing.”
Men aren’t the only ones with porn habits. Research shows more women are consuming porn, and it’s having negative effects on their relationships, too.
“I fell once. Then I fell again and again… I felt even more ashamed. Here I was using other women in secret, stripping them of their dignity.”
“I can’t go anywhere without visually critiquing the men I see. I look at them like products and evaluate them like I am assigning their prices.”
“I would brag about how cool I was for being so open-minded and boys would often be amazed and tell me they wished their girlfriends were like me.”
Porn is influencing the upcoming generations of young women to believe that their bodies aren’t normal, and now, they’re electing cosmetic reconstruction.
“I started watching lesbian porn, which resulted in my boyfriend spreading rumors to other girls that I wanted to have a threesome with them.”
“She was very hurt, but also appreciative that I told her. She told me she was glad that she didn’t have to find out herself and catch me in a lie.”
Trapped, scared, and pushed into going through with it, my pain is someone else’s sexual fantasy. My desperation is someone else’s objectification.
This article was first published on nzgirl.co.nz and is republished with permission of the author. Sometimes, a porn habit can evolve and grow into something that the…
Portions of this article were originally published on Huffington Post by Catherine Etherington, and reposted with permission. It has been edited for content and clarity. Internet pornography…