Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Are You Sure?

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Do you look at pornography? Are you sure about that? According to Rosaleigh DeRossett of Moody Bible Institute, pornography is anything that airbrushes the truth. For men, that would be the visual images that we normally associate with pornography. But for women, this would be romance novels, including the all too popular Christian versions. But wait, you may say, what's wrong with them.

In particular, Christian romance novels paint an all too glitzy, unattainable, and romanticized picture of marriage and love complete with rose covered cottages and heroines that are young, thin, with dreamy skin with rose tinted cheeks that allude to the blush of innocence, lush hair, etc., and heroes that are strong, good looking, say the right thing and always wisk the heroine away for a happily ever after.

Sounds nice, but it causes young girls and women to have expectations that will never be realized. This, in turn, leads to discontent and frustration. Marriage is hard enough work without placing on your husband the expectation of living up to that type of heroism.

What do you think? Please comment and let me know your thoughts.

I realize that DeRossett's definition of porn is extreme, but it did give me much to think about in regards to what I allow into my life. Dare I carry this line of thought over into chick-flicks? Yikes! How would I get my ironing done? :) Heaven forbid that I might be forced to listen to a sermon or something. :)


Anonymous said...

Going with Moody's definition, then yes, Christian romance novels are porn.

You definitely hit the nail right on the head when you said it gives young girls and women unrealistic expectations on husbands, both current or future.

Donna said...

A long time ago, I would have said no...it wasn't the same. But the last few years God has changed my mind. I no longer read romance novels or watch soap operas because they do give me unrealistic expectations. Now I think its romantic if my husband puts gas in my car!

Calla Lilly said...

Isn't it amazing how, when our expectations of others is right, we become more appreciative? I think putting gas in the car for you is a very caring thing to do.