Wait… Are We Supposed to Try to Be Sex Objects?

We women are so liberated aren’t we?  We’ve stood up for our rights- the right to vote, the right to equal pay, the right to serve in the military, and, more recently, the right to have abortions, the right to be objectified, the right to take part in our own objectification…

Color me confused, but I thought that the whole point of women’s rights was because we thought we were being treated less than human.

We might have all of these rights, but honestly, it seems we are less respected and less revered.  We fought to establish a dignity we already had, and in doing so, lost it.  Did you know that the average price for a human trafficked slave is $90- here’s to liberation and equality!  Go, us.

There is a new push recently for women to be able to freely view pornography without shame.  If men can do it, surely we can too.

Has anyone ever stopped to consider that maybe the problem isn’t that we all should have equal rights to view but that we shouldn’t be viewing it at all?

It reminds me of the argument my mom used to make when I would want to do “x” because “all my friends were doing it.”  Cut from the pages of “Mom 101”, she would say, “Jessica, if all of your friends jumped off a bridge would you jump off too?”

Of course, that was highly annoying to my teenage self.  Looking at the world around us today, though, it seems like that is what we are doing as a whole.

Men have been publicly jumping off the bridge of sexual immorality for years.  Now women are stepping up and saying, “Hey!  We make some room!  We want to jump off too!”

There are two reasons to jump from a bridge.  Either you are bungee jumping or ending your life.  Judging by the damage sexual immorality causes, I am going to suggest that it is not equivalent to bungee jumping.  Instead of calling men back from the verge of destruction, we are rushing to join them.

We should be talking them down when, instead, we are telling them to let the ladies go first.

Let me explain something to you.  Pornography is not an industry that views women highly.  It is not a place where women are respected as people.  They are bodies- nameless, personless, dreamless, bodies.  It is not a boost to your self-esteem, self-worth, self-anything, really.  In fact, by its nature, it is destructive.

How about this lovely quote:

“Amateurs come across better on screen. Our customers feel that. Especially by women you can see it. They still feel strong pain.”

Facts on the industry:

88% of porn scenes contain acts of physical aggression

49% of porn scenes contain verbal aggression

66% of porn performers have Herpes

12-28% of performers have sexually transmitted diseases

7% have HIV

(Taken from a resource compiled by Covenant Eyes)

They call it liberation.  They call it humanitarian.  They are helping underprivileged women.  Helping them do what?

It’s not liberating.  Pornography is not liberating.  It is addictive and enslaving.  Not only does it affect you, your body, and your brain, your support of the industry affects others.  Check out this graphic from Pure Hope.

So next time someone tries to encourage you to be ‘liberated’ or to ‘freely express’ your sexuality through using pornography, explain to them that slavery cannot beget freedom.

Slavery begets slavery.  

One comment

  1. One of the other blogs I read is written by a former porn producer, now a current seminary student. He wrote a post that even as a woman I so needed to read. He put a face on those women I looked at. He made them human, able to hurt and the post has never left me–especially the part about the woman off in a corner sucking her thumb because of what she had done.
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