Churches Counsel Porn-Addicted Women
In new frontier for evangelicals, women pray to resist porn
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
At the support group, women pray to resist the temptation of pornography.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – "Every time I'm tempted" to look at porn, says Kelsie, 17, "I'll just let everything out to God." Kelsie is a member of a support group for women addicted to pornography that meets at an evangelical megachurch in Kansas. While churches have long offered men Christian counseling to combat pornography use, evangelical culture is only now beginning to broach the topic of female porn users.

“In the Christian culture, women are supposed to be the nonsexual ones,” says the leader of the Kansas support group, which treats masturbation as a sin and encourages group members to recover "sexual purity." An organizer of Christian anti-pornography seminars tells the New York Times that many churches resist such programs for women: “The problem is, most churches have male leadership, and if you want to pitch an event like that, they’ll say, ‘Our women don’t struggle with that.’"

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OG_Travis
May 5, 2010 12:41 AM CDT
Great. I love churches and everything they do! Let's tell this 17 year old she's addicted to porn because she's learning about life, sex, and her own body. The devil is in your vagina and if you touch it you'll let him out!!
Box1Car
May 4, 2010 3:35 AM CDT
When organized religion finally recognizes basic human rights issue of human reproduction means you ONLY have the God-given right to reproduce yourself ONCE (2 kids/family, no mas) then there may be hope. As long as they promote multi-birth families we will continue our traditional use of the FINAL SOLUTION- global genocide to balance out our global economy every 3 generations like clockwork- 1860s,1930s & NOW
Perlandra
May 3, 2010 6:44 PM CDT
The porn industry in the US is the largest in the world. Many porn CEOs are for "free" markets with no regulation and low or no taxes and lots are also registered Republicans because that party supports those same goals. Just like all other corporations, they value profits over all other considerations. And it is a such a big business in America because ugly thoughts and ugly social norms are out of whack (no pun intended) with a wholesome healthy concept of the sexual aspects of nature and especially of human life and society. Control of the many by the few rarely is never an accident, it is rarely well intended or is usually not safe for the many at all, or for long.