- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your Monday Page One article “More women lured to pornography addiction” assumes several inconclusive causal relationships between women, the use and access of pornography and non-consensual sexual activity.

This article assumes that ease of access has driven addiction to pornography, but it fails to state what defines addiction. In much of the research used by the writer to supply the article with facts, the self-reporting surveys have respondents classifying their own behaviors. I should not be the first to tell you that what one person defines as addiction another may define as regular use.

The article also claims that the use of the Internet has made pornography more accessible and more apt to lead to an increased number of addictions.The writer links the use of pornography among women to the likelihood of the users becoming victims of sexual assault and cites a professor of women’s studies.As much as I applaud the leaps and bounds that women’s studies courses have made, I find this claim totally unfounded.

KATHRYN GRANDSTAFF
Alexandria, Va.

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