I am not the only woman who does. Maybe you do, maybe you know someone that does.
I was convinced that I was the only one. I thought I stood alone and that sucked. I was so ashamed of myself and I felt like I was hiding all of the time. The struggle is real, I get it. A boy introduced it to me when I was fourteen. It’s like sinking sand with no escape.
That feeling of being alone changed my junior year in college when a counseling group was started for woman struggling with pornography. I walked into that room and it hit me that I wasn’t alone.
Pornography is meant to make you feel isolated and alone. It did for me, but beginning to talk about it has changed my life. For the first time I feel free and unashamed of who I am. Now, I don’t stop talking about it. It’s a comfortable topic that comes up easily (my friends are used to it by now).
I want to continue talking about it. So I began with this project which I’m calling: in response. I had each of these girls write down the messages they are hearing around them about women or people in general that struggle with pornography, but then I had them write down separately how they would respond to that message.
These are real girls, real responses from girls, just like me, who are beginning to speak out against pornography addiction.
Talking has helped me find my voice in the silence. Maybe it can help you find yours too. Remember, you are not alone. You are not fighting alone. Us girls, we stick together.