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Rainiegirl:
I would like to start off by saying that I am surprised by how few women are on here for a few reasons
- women can be porn addicts too
- soo many women are hurt by a family members porn use
- the porn industry is affecting the new generation in a very negative way and any educational support should be welcomed.
I say these things based on personal experience. I was once in a distructive relationship when I was in my twenties and I began masterbating to porn as a stress relief and to compensate for my missing sexual needs. I started with basic porn but it soon stopped doing it for me. I began looking into more and more extream types of pornography and orgasims became harder to obtain. When I started looking at things that I would normaly find offensive or disgusting I suspected that porn was ruining me and my mental well being. I stopped using porn and my confidence and sence of self worth slowly returned. I left the horrible boyfriend and started going out more. Also my ability to orgasim without extra stimuli returned.
Fast forward to today. I'm with the love of my life. I knew he watched porn befor we started dating but he had been single for a long time so I know this is common. I thought he had stopped using it when we started dating because he had the real thing now. We bought a house and moved in together two years into the relationship and I became pregnant a few months later. Early into my pregnancy we were sitting in bed and he grabbed his phone to look something up and a porn site popped up when he turned it on. He said he was looking at it while he was in the bathroom. I was immediately sick to my stomach over the idea that he needed to look at other women while on the can. I told him it was offensive and hoped he would stop but it wouldn't leave my mind and ruined my self image for my entire pregnancy. I felt fat and ugly and couldn't enjoy sex anymore. After our daughter was born I was on the computer and noticed porn sites marked as favorites. I confronted him and asked him to delete all his porn and stop. Maybe it's because of my use during an unhappy relationship or just a romantic ideal but porn feels like cheating. I am not interested in looking at other men because I am happy with what I have. If I was turned on by some oiled naked pic of perfect man It would be a sign that I'm not attracted to who I'm with anymore. A few days ago I  decided to search through his computer and found more porn. It hurts that he not only finds me not enough for him but is continuing a behavior that he knows is hurting me. I believe he is an addict. I told him that and I also made it clear that if the porn continues our relationship will not be able to survive. A behavior can be fixed but hurt, betrayal and secrets kill. I'm an understanding person so I won't give up without a fight but to have the person you love make you feel so low is hard to recover from. I've read a lot of posts on other web sites from women who feel the way I do and was repulsed by the amount of times they were told to get over it or to get counseling because they obviously have poor self-esteem.  My self esteem was fine befor this. If he had a addiction to anything else an it caused him to sneak and lie and betray my trust would it be a problem with my self-esteem to find it hurtful? Emotions don't change no matter how much therapy. Hurt will always hurt.

As for my last point. I've noticed a huge increase of very young girls disrespecting themselves online. Youth today are blasted with sexual images at much younger ages. The television now has shows with full nudity and the intranet shows them what girls attract men with nasty sidebar ads and live cam popups without anyone having to even search it out. I know of other moms discovering that there 11 year old daughter has demeaning and illegal pics of herself online. I have read stories from teen boys that are porn addicts. I want to say a big thank-you to every young man on here. You are making a difference in not only your lives but in the lives of young women. More attention needs to be brought on the affect of unfiltered youth in the age of high speed intranet. Also a big thank-you to all the men who had the courage to recognize this problem and take action. Hopefully the medical community will start to take notice and be able to help others with addiction problems. Women need to be educated on this issue for the sake of there boyfriends husbands sons daughters and themselves.

Thank-you

Gabe Deem:
Hey Rainiegirl,

Welcome to RN!

First off to answer your first statement of why there are few women. The main reason is this site is brand new (3 weeks old). I am thankful for courageous women like you and the others here who took the time to post what's on your heart. We need that here. As you know porn cuts deeply both male and female.


--- Quote ---I began looking into more and more extream types of pornography and orgasims became harder to obtain.
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You are right in that this is happening to way more people than we know about. A girl I know personally went through this same experience, took her a few months off PVO (porn, vibrator, orgasm) to be able to orgasm with a partner. I am glad you were able to reboot and get back to normal. If you are interested you might find this article handy to reference to fellow ladies going through this:

http://yourbrainonporn.com/vibrators-and-other-pleasures-when-moderation-fails

Not sure if you even used one but you might find it interesting.

 
--- Quote ---Maybe it's because of my use during an unhappy relationship or just a romantic ideal but porn feels like cheating.
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I don't think it is from an unhappy relationship at all. Almost everyone feels hurt if a partner has a desire to consistently look at other bodies and gets sexual gratification from them. This is not your fault, and you feeling pain is not one of "your issues." Porn can jack up the healthiest loving relationship. I have broken several girls hearts because of my selfish desire to please myself with porn all the time. Neglecting their needs at times to live out my porn-induced fetishes. I'm thankful I can see it now...


--- Quote ---but it wouldn't leave my mind and ruined my self image for my entire pregnancy.
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Know this. For most guys the porn we watch isn't always about the "looks" of the girls. As brain changes set it, the root desire for porn is that dopamine hit it provides, and we get that by watching novel, shocking, surprising, or anxiety producing stuff. It eventually becomes stricly an arousal thing and not an attraction thing. That is why people get into all kinds of crazy fetishes over time. They simply are escalating into harder and harder material to get the same high.

Not sure if you have read this but this is a paragraph covering this in my HuffPost blog.


--- Quote ---Misconception #2 -- "Guys who claim they have porn-induced ED are just not attracted to their partner."

Many guys on porn recovery forums say they are extremely attracted to their partners and find it very confusing that they cannot get aroused. I was one of those guys. I had a beautiful girl who I found very attractive, yet I could not physically feel any arousal when going for sex. Why is this important?
The partner may feel she is not attractive enough or "can't compare to the porn stars." It is very important to let these heartbroken girls know that it is not always an attraction thing, but rather a brain-wiring thing. If a guy has wired his sexual arousal to a screen and porn, it does not matter how sexy or attractive he finds his partner... he may not be able to get it up. Once I made it clear to my girlfriend that she was very attractive but my brain had just been numbed, and wired for porn, it helped her feel a lot better about waiting and less devastated when Mr. Happy looked sad.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gabe-deem/porn-addiction_b_4495344.html

So understand that it is not about your attractiveness at all. But rather his pursuit of dopamine. I have dated beatiful girls who would do anything with me sexually, yet I continually ran to porn with girls far less attractive than they were. I literally just wired my desire to a screen and novelty. Never realized it until I had porn-induced ED.


--- Quote ---I've noticed a huge increase of very young girls disrespecting themselves online.
--- End quote ---

This is true and very sad. I have been going around talking with middle school counselors if the Dallas/Fort Worth area and they repeatedly say that sexting and sending nude pics is a frequent and growing problem. I have also talked with a 15 year old who was very open about what porn culture is like in teens these days.

http://www.rebootnation.org/forum/index.php?page=Teens_Talk_Porn

The good news... Is that word is spreading and eventually everyone will know the possible harm porn can cause and younger kids can make informed decisions about what route to take.


--- Quote ---I believe he is an addict. I told him that and I also made it clear that if the porn continues our relationship will not be able to survive
--- End quote ---

I hope he wakes up and sees the pain he is causing you and himself. I suggest showing him our videos or Yourbrainonporn.com as that usually wakes guys up once they realize porn is holding them back physiologically from being the best man they can be.

Glad to have you here!

Much Love

Rainiegirl:
Thank you for your support. I'm glad to have found this site. I didn't realize it was so new. I hope more women seeking help will find it too.

Rainiegirl:
We had a good talk yesterday and I feel much better today than I did yesterday. He admitted that it was a huge problem that he's had since a teen. He is sure he can handle it on his own. He's not a very open person so looking for help is hard. Advise on anything that helps for the closed off antisocial type?

lte:

--- Quote from: Rainiegirl on March 27, 2014, 09:18:43 AM ---We had a good talk yesterday and I feel much better today than I did yesterday. He admitted that it was a huge problem that he's had since a teen. He is sure he can handle it on his own. He's not a very open person so looking for help is hard. Advise on anything that helps for the closed off antisocial type?

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Get him to visit Your Brain on Porn to learn the way this problem works and how to get out of it. Then, drag him here, if you must, but get him into a group where there's accountability and support.

You are well within your rights to feel that it is cheating, IMO that is exactly what it is. It's not you that is lacking, it's the porn addiction. He can recover, if he follows through. Without external help he may find it hard to break out of it.

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