Roughly 17% of women admit to compulsive pornography use/pornography addiction. That’s one woman in every six, and yet we hardly ever hear about women and porn. I believe that we need to hear women’s voices in this issue. We are told that porn is a problem for young men, or dirty old men, or criminals, but never for women. Certainly never for ‘nice’ women.
Fact: nice women watch porn. Feminists watch porn. Women who hate violence watch porn. Nice, gentle, feminist women watch porn because they are hurt and broken and porn, like any addiction, brings some temporary relief from pain. We need to acknowledge this and give women permission to speak. Without this permission, women will remain trapped in a cycle of silence and shame and will never feel free to seek help.
**Note: Unless otherwise stated, anything written in this blog is my opinion only, based on my own experiences. It should not take the place of medical advice, informed counselling/therapy or any other form of professional help.