Is violent porn one reason skyrocketing number of girls are seeking to change gender?

By Jonathon Van Maren

Last week, I was chatting with one of my friends who has done a lot of work as an anti-porn educator. One of the things we’ve often discussed is how pornography has made puberty and dating so much more difficult for girls. Sexual violence now infuses sexual interactions as a matter of course, and both of us have had young people—especially young girls—ask us after anti-porn presentations if the demands of their boyfriends are “okay” or if they can refuse to engage in the porn-inspired activities being demanded of them. Many of them have trouble distinguishing between sexual assault and a normal sexual experience. These conversations, by the way, are generally taking place at Christian schools.

During our discussion, I mused that perhaps many girls want to identify as boys these days simply because they do not want to be girls. If girlhood is now a minefield of sexting, pornography, social media, and cyber-bullying, perhaps some of them see masculinity as a sort of escape. Only a few days later, reading through Abigail Shrier’s brilliant new book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, I came across this passage:

Pornography has always been shocking and offensive to young women who first encounter it. But today’s internet porn adds a layer of menace. Choking has become so common among all categories of viewing on Pornhub that there is no separate rubric for it. As The Guardian noted of commonly depicted scenes, “Women are choked with anything for a penis to a fist to the point of gagging, and in some cases almost passing out.” At the end of the scene the woman “says, often in a hoarse voice, how much she ‘loved it.’”

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