The Central Lie of Pornography

Doug Wilson says that the central problem with pornography is its “didactic and catechetical” nature, which tends to teach men lies about women. He writes:

Porn is a sex ed curriculum put together by liars and incompetents. The central wrong lesson (one easily believed by guys, because it flatters them) is that women have men’s brains encased in women’s bodies. Everybody in the whole world is hot to go. Then, when he gets married to a normal woman, and discovers that all the free sex he thought was going to be on tap . . . isn’t on tap, at least not like what he expected, and he thinks he got a dud, or a frigid one, or something. But no, he got a woman instead of the lie he was used to.

This little nugget is embedded in a larger essay about what constitutes porneia and thus what would be a biblical grounds for divorce. Read the rest of it here.

One Response to The Central Lie of Pornography

  1. Dan Phillips March 3, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Thanks for sending me back to read this. I’d missed it. Brilliant stuff. Wilson’s like C. S. Lewis, in that when he says something well, it’s said. Period.

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