While each woman’s experience is unique, there are general themes for the woman addicted to porn and/or sex: shame and guilt, conflicting messages from church and culture, feelings of worthlessness, and a profound sense of being misunderstood. I want to know who I am and I want to be me…whoever that is.
This is a glimpse into the world of female porn addiction: I’m so tired. Shame overwhelms me when I look at my sweet, six-year-old daughter, Ellie. If you were counseling this woman, what would you say to her?
"The average span of a performer's career is usually only about six to 18 months, so the benefit of participating in these things isn't usually apparent to the people who are in it at the time," Kayden Kross, an adult film actress and writer, told Live Science.Not only that, Kross said, but many actresses are reluctant to help researchers, because they're worried that the studies will be used against them by anti-pornography activists.[The Sex Quiz: Myths, Taboos and Bizarre Facts] "The difficulty with this population has always been access," said James Griffith, a psychologist at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and one of the few scientists to delve into the subject."It's a very difficult population to define." This lack of research is notable given the number of stereotypes about porn actresses, particularly that they have high rates of childhood sexual abuse and psychological problems.Though it's hard to know for sure without more extensive studies, early explorations have found these stereotypes fail to hold up.