When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.  1 Corinthians 13:11 (NASB)

I’m told there’s a new movie coming out soon called 50 Shades of Gray that proves that women are just as addicted to pornography as men, only they do it in a different form.  The movie is based on a novel by E. L. James.  i couldn’t say for sure whether this is true or not because I guess I’m one of the few people left on the planet that never read the book and doesn’t intend to see the movie.  I didn’t read it because I had heard enough about it to know what it was about, and I didn’t want to get sucked in.  I won’t see the movie for the same reason.

I spent too many years as a young adult parked in front of a TV set watching the trials and tribulations of Luke and Laura or Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane go from lover to lover.  I was a Christian at the time, yet I exposed my children to all kinds of sexuality that I never should have just because I was hooked on a good story line.  When I look back, I wonder how I could have been so stupid!

I think that’s the way pornography works for women.  Men were designed by God to be the aggressors.  Therefore their instinct is purely visual.  All they need is a few sexy images and Satan’s got them.  Women are different.  We were designed to be responsive.  I know there are a few women who get excited by pictures.  I had a friend when Wade was in college who had an apartment full of Playgirl magazine centerfolds on her walls.  But I think most of us are rather repulsed by that.  At least I was.  Satan has to work a little harder with us.

A good story will do it.  We’re drawn in.  We accept things like adultery and premarital or extra-marital sex without questioning its morality or even its consequences to our own children and families.

So what is pornography anyway?  As a writer I don’t shy away from sexuality.  Anyone who’s read any of my writings knows that.  I did worry about this particularly in Tokens of Promise because it has some extremely sensual scenes in it.  One lady did call it pornography but she only read a tiny portion of it.  I certainly don’t consider myself a pornographer.  Webster’s says pornography is writing or pictures or production of those writings or pictures intended to arouse sexual desire.  Even Webster’s knows it’s all about intent.   The Bible was never afraid to tackle hard subjects like sexuality.  God knows it’s an intrinsic part of who we are.   Writers shouldn’t be afraid to tackle it either.  We just need to be sensitive to our writing’s effect.  What is our intent?  To illuminate a problem and effect change or simply to arouse desire?  As readers and movie goers, we should ask the same question of our hosts, and if the answer is simply to titillate, we need to close the book or get up and leave or turn the TV set off.  That’s what I had to do to the soap operas years ago.  I only wish I’d done it a lot sooner.  Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”  It’s time for Christians to put away childish things.

Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day:  How has pornography affected your life, or has it?


About TeresaGPollard

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, I am a Christian Mom, Grandma, Sunday School Teacher, and now Author. My goal is to reach people with the Truth of God's Word and help them to apply it to their real world situations.
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4 Responses to TABOO TUESDAY TOPIC: Pornography

  1. Krystal Weeks says:

    I am thankful to you for approaching this topic for women. It’s usually just talked about in relation to men. You really had a depth of insight. I admire your honesty and you don’t try to say you’re a better Christian than others. I’m glad to have you as my fellow sister in Christ. You truly did a great job your story line.

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  2. Lynn Burt says:

    It has never affected my life, because I have always been too busy with other things–raising children, working around the house or for my husband. It was on the list of “no-no’s” when I was a child. If my brothers read Playboy, I did not even know that. Even as a college student, studying was so important to me that dating, etc. was usually not an option (until I met Ted). It is my feeling that some young men and some young women who naturally attract a lot of attention from the opposite sex(on purpose or not) are more vulnerable to what the Bible refers to as the lust of the flesh. The imaginings of the heart become more secular than spiritual, these days causing an interest in such things as pornography. And movies and TV feed their leanings! I am uneasy for my grandchildren in this respect. When black and white (wrong and right) become “Fifty Shades of Grey” only a strong basis in Christian principles can keep them grounded. And they need to keep busy with more productive activities!

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    • Absolutely, Lynn! I watched soap operas because I lived back in the woods on top of a mountain with three kids and no car available to go anywhere. Boredom breeds trouble. It was developing an interest in writing myself that gave me an incentive to get away from that TV. There are alternatives available. We need to be diligent in seeking them.


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