Women And Pornography: A Dirty Little Secret 5-19-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Women And Pornography: A Dirty Little Secret 5-19-2011

Women addicted to pornography is a problem that's rarely discussed, and now that technology is right at our fingertips, more and more women are affected every year.
"I opened the magazine and it awakened something inside of me that hadn't been awakened before," said self-admitted pornography addict Crystal Renaud.
When it comes to adult entertainment, it's not just a man thing anymore. The sexual revolution of women has turned them on to pornography and for many, it has become a way of life.
"It does become like a drug to them," said Dr. Thomas Haller, WNEM TV5’s family expert.


Multiple studies show almost 1 in 6 of American women are struggling with pornography addiction. Women like Renaud, who said she started looking at dirty magazines when she was just 10 years old.
"I essentially lived a life of isolation, I was a hermit in my own home," said Renaud.
Haller said he has treated multiple women for porn addiction. He said the increase in cases is in part due to a change in the porn industry, from tacky, straight-to-the-sex movies, to thoughtful, emotional films.
"They've the taken the romance novel and played that out where is much more loving and tenderness," said Haller.
The availability of porn on the Internet is also contributing to the problem. Haller said it often starts out as secret hobby but can eventually spiral out of control.
"It becomes so disruptive to their life they don't care of their children, they get them in bed and go out at night," said Haller.
And the numbers are scary. A large number of the women addicted to porn move on to other things.
"There's a statistic out there that says 80 percent meet in real life," said Renaud. This is not only dangerous, it can lead to the demise of their marriage.
"More women who are involved with pornography follow through with having sex outside their relationship than men would do," Haller said.
Dan Ballard runs the Deja Vu Strip Club and The Love Shop in Kochville Township. He said he’s noticed a big increase in female customers over the years. "I think it's a matter of evolution,” said Ballard. “They don't feel this is so taboo for them."
Haller said the porn industry is targeting women between 16 and 35 years old. Most porn addictions begin for women in their early 20s. In some cases, it can go on for years and years unnoticed.
"My need just kept getting greater and greater," said Renaud. Renaud said she finally got help after eight years of using pornography to fill an emotional void created by loneliness.
And like other forms of addictions, experts said the best thing you can do is get help. If you think you’re suffering from this type of addition, check out this link.

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