On the Word “Porn”

6 thoughts on “On the Word “Porn””

  1. Thank you!

    I’ve noticed this trend over the past few years and considered it extremely troubling. I think it started with “war porn,” which had some legitimacy, since violence can titillate in a sexual kind of way.

    Perhaps another explanation of this phenomenon is that our culture now primarily sees things in terms of sex. An additional common example I’ve noted (and I’ll understand if you find this vulgar for you to allow as a comment) is the phenomenon of saying that if someone likes something a great deal it they’ve got a “boner” (erection) for it.

    This trend of the sexualization of language is at once utterly unhealthy, completely unChristian, and socially worrisome.

  2. A friend once told me that reading decorationg blogs was her “mommy porn.” I, too, was stunned at the use of such a word for something she thought was completely acceptable. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

  3. I was just thinking this week about how sick I am of seeing this word everywhere on Pinterest. “Food photography” is now called “food porn,” for example. So dumb. Thank you for writing this.

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