Article Summary by Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Societal norms often indicate that pornography and the possible addiction one might experience from frequent viewing is solely a problem for males. A recent article reports that an estimated 1 in 3 viewers on pornographic sites are actually female and the repercussions from habitual viewing are just as real for them as they are for their male counterparts. Because society generally doesn't believe that pornography addiction can happen to women, the stigma women experience is reported to be stronger for them causing them to stay silent and in the shadows with their problem. However, as more and more woman come forward with their stories, more and more women are finding that they are not alone and that help is available.
With frequent viewing of pornographic scenes, we condition are brains to link a feel good neurotransmitter called dopamine with the activity. Hence the reason women are just as susceptible to the addictive nature of this activity. In fact, because woman experience less recuperation time between orgasms, they report going on frequent "porn binges". Women who struggle with this addiction report high amounts of shame and guilt because they feel so alone, afraid, and isolated.
If you are a woman who struggles with pornography, please know that you are not alone. Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide you on your journey toward Sexual Health & Wellness.
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Article Review by Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
With our current trend of disassociating sexual gratification from love, intimacy and physical connection, we find a rise in "pornosexuality". This newly adapted term refers to someone who solely links his or her sexuality to porn. While porn reached consumers through only 90 porn magazines before the birth of the Internet, we now see websites such as “Pornhub” claiming an average of 64 million viewers a day. This frequent pornography watching not only can become addictive in nature, but can also become a means for individuals to keep themselves safe from the possibility of rejection and the anxiety one might experience from intimate situations.
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