Exposure to pornography leads to serious long-term mental health problems Naomi Wolf has warned recently.
Thanks to the internet, pornography has saturated modern people’s lives, leading to serious long-term consequences for their mental well-being, American feminist and author of The Beauty Myth (1990), Naomi Wolf, has warned in a recent article in the London Times (April 4).
“The ubiquity of sexual images does not free the power of Eros but dilutes it,” says Wolf.
“Feminists have often misunderstood sexual prohibition. I am not advocating a return to the days of hiding female sexuality, but I am noting that the power and charge of sex are maintained when there is some sacredness to it.
“In some cultures it is not prudery that leads them to discourage men from looking at pornography. It is, rather, because these cultures understand male sexuality and what it takes to keep men and women physically interested in one another over time to help men, in particular, to, as the Old Testament puts it, ‘Rejoice with the wife of thy youth; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times’.
“These cultures urge men not to look at porn because they know that maintaining a powerful erotic bond between parents is a key element of a strong family.”
Wolf recalled a visit she made to Ilana, an old friend who had become an Orthodox Jewess in Jerusalem. She had abandoned her jeans and T-shirts for long skirts and a headscarf.
“Can’t I even see your hair?” Naomi Wolf asked, trying to find her old friend in there.
“Only my husband,” she said, “ever gets to see my hair.”
Wolf recalls: “When she showed me the bedroom, draped in Middle-Eastern embroideries that she shares only with her husband – no kids allowed – the sexual intensity in the air was archaic, overwhelming.
“It was private.”
REFERENCE: Naomi Wolf, “Is porn damaging your emotional health?”, The Times (London), April 4, 2009.