6 Reasons Girls Get Addicted To Porn And What Parents Can Do About It – Part 1

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Girls getting into porn? Isn’t that something only teenage boys do?

As a Christian parent, you shudder to think of your daughter having anything to do with pornography or sexual activity of any kind for that matter. But it is often this wishful thinking that prevents parents from having honest conversations with their daughters about porn, sex and what purity looks like.

Porn use and addiction are on the rise among women in general—yes, even Christian women—and that includes Christian girls. This tends to be initially surprising because women are often expected to be less interested in or curious about sex in general, much less porn or masturbation. When we think of online pornography and the people who view it, we tend to think of boys and men. For this reason, the problem is often overlooked in girls and thus not addressed.

Reasons Girls Get Addicted To Porn

Here are six reasons girls are getting into porn:

1. Girls Addicted To Porn - Christian Drug RehabCuriosity About Sex – Sex is the forbidden fruit and girls are naturally curious about it, no matter how young, sweet or innocent they may be. And there is nothing wrong with this curiosity. However, if it is not satisfied, they may go looking for answers on their own. In today’s era, that means the Internet. It can begin innocently enough with Internet searches on topics related to sex, but a Google search may turn up more than information.

She may also get pages of pornographic content that are too tempting not to click. Other young women will look specifically to pornography to satisfy their desire to know what sex is really all about. Sadly pornography, an artificial fantasy construction, has little to do with what sex is actually about. Nonetheless, it promises to satisfy the curiosity.

2. How-to Guide – For girls who are sexually active or want to be, pornography can be alluring as an instruction manual. They may also face pressure from a boyfriend who has been conditioned by porn to act out pornographic scenarios. Thus they look to porn as a guide to the kind of sexual behavior that pleases males. Others will take cues from porn for sexting and other sexually suggestive acts.

3. Wanting Acceptance – Girls get into sexting, for example, because it often garners a positive response from boys, and many are craving this feeling of acceptance and being desired. A girl who wants to be loved and desired may comply with a boy’s request for nude, suggestive photos or she may send them of her own accord because she believes it will achieve the desired result. This mindset of sex as a means to an end or as a transaction rather than a loving act between two committed people can also motivate an interest the world of pornography.

4. They Fall Into the Trap – No one starts out with the intention of becoming an addict. Perhaps it’s curiosity that prompts a girl to visit a site, then intrigue and maybe even a rewarding sense of thrill. If masturbation is involved, the activity triggers powerful chemical rewards in the brain, making it increasingly alluring. The urge to repeat the behavior becomes irresistible.

5. Peer Pressure – Girls face pressure to be sexual at a young age. Perhaps she has friends who have been exposed and who are now exposing her. The pressure to look at porn or engage in suggestive or explicitly sexual acts can open the door to an interest in or addiction to porn. Don’t be deceived—it isn’t only contact with the “outside world” that can corrupt your daughter. The pressure may very well come from other Christian kids.

6. They Don’t Understand Purity or God’s Ideal for Sex – When sex remains taboo, girls may not get the message that sex is actually a good thing and a gift from God. They may understand it as something they’re not supposed to do, or something that needs to be hidden, but they aren’t taught what sexual purity means or why it is so important to God. This leads to a great deal of confusion. They adopt the culture’s view of sex and fail to understand its power, beauty and holiness. Sex as a means to feel good or gain acceptance becomes normative.

Parents Need To Understand That Porn Addiction CAN Happen To Any Child…Even Theirs

One of the major mistakes parents make is to assume there could never be a problem and that porn addiction among their daughters is simply impossible. Children of all ages and in the finest of homes will still face temptation and can still be led into sin. Understanding this can help parents address porn use before it starts or to deal with a problem before it gets out of control. Read on to find out what parents can do about porn use in girls.

Continued In: 6 Reasons Girls Get Addicted to Porn and What Parents Can Do About It – Part 2