Can women be addicted to pornography too?
Oh, we don't necessarily get a kick out of Hustler and Play Boy and those other magazines full of naked women. But, have you taken a look at Chippendales? How about those romance novels on the paperback racks at Walmart, Hastings, Barnes and Noble, or even Dollar General? Have you by chance read what's in those novels?
Men are visual creatures, they run on sight, hence the photos of nudes. Us women, we are more of the emotional, mindful type--we run on emotion and feelings rather than the photos. Usually.
Many of us women at one point or another have picked up those handy dandy little novels, from Harlequin, Avon, and other names. There's all kinds of story lines, from the backdrop of the Wild West, a ship steaming toward the Americas, a Southern plantation, you name it. In most of these books, graphic sex scenes abound. More often than not, a play by play of each movement, feeling, emotion, to make the woman reading the book feel like she's the heroine in the scene.
These are pornographic books, simply pointed toward us women rather than men. They feed on the emotion, the dreams, the feelings, of women, rather than the eyes.
What can these books do for those women who read them?
They create a false dream, a false ideal of what a marriage, courtship, relationships, sex, womanhood should be like. They glorify sex outside of marriage, they create lust for characters who do not exist (usually the overly muscular long haired man on the cover), create expectations for the men in their lives that these men cannot attain. The stories give the woman another world that focuses on lust and sex.
What does our Lord say about lust?
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)
Psalms 101:3 - I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.
Psalms 119:37 - Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way.
Titus 2:12 - Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
There's a whole laundry list of verses on lust found here.
Is it a sin to read these romance novels that we see on the bookshelves where ever we go?
I personally believe that yes, reading these can be sinful.
I am not judging anyone who reads them. I used to read these myself, as a young teenager up through my early 20's. The stories warped my ideas of what romance, love, and relationships were to be like. I was not saved, so had no solid foundation, and I learned from reading. Then experimenting. Seeking. Should I try to read one now, I'd feel soiled and filthy, ashamed in the sight of my Lord.