The world has become pornographized

The Porn Myth

This is an incredibly well-written article describing how the world has indeed become pornographized, a situation which has deadened men to real women, “for how can a real womanÂ… possibly compete with a cybervision of perfection, downloadable and extinguishable at will, who comes, so to speak, utterly submissive and tailored to the consumer’s least specification?” For the first time in history, “real naked women are just bad porn.” The “mission creep” of porn, particularly internet porn, has also lowered women’s sense of sexual value, in addition to taking the place of sexual training in our society. “People are not closer because of porn,” comments writer Naomi Wolf, “but further apart; people are not more turned on in their daily lives but less so.”

Two books on this subject which have profoundly influenced my life are Michael Kimmel’s Men Confront Pornography and Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue. Rob Bell’s Sex God is also a good treatment of sexuality’s connection (or disconnection) from the created order.

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