So I opened up my Google+ account today, and the first thing that I see is a post for a new book entitled “A Christian Woman’s Guide to Breaking Free From Pornography: It’s not Just a Guy’s Problem.”
Overcome by sarcastic curiosity, I absolutely had to click it and check out the website.
First, before we continue with this very opinionated post, I would like to add a disclaimer: I HAVE NOT actually read this book.
I did, however, download the free sample offered on the website. I must say that glancing at the table of contents turned me off quite a bit. I struggled to make my way through the introduction, but couldn’t bring myself to finish even that much.
Okay, so here we go. I’m going to run down my list of very big personal issues I have with this entire concept, in no particular order.
Porn is Free, The Cure Will Cost You
Most porn on the internet is free, but curing yourself of your online porn addiction will cost you $3.99!
This is all that the authors of this book are going to charge their fellow Christian women who are “suffering from an addiction.” Seems pretty reasonable to me.
$3.99 is a nominal fee for getting God’s help on something like porn addiction, after all.
What pisses me off the most is how strategic the authors were in pricing this book on Amazon. Think they pulled the $3.99 price point out of their asses? Or maybe consulted with God on how much they should charge to do his job here?
$3.99 is the minimum price required by Amazon for eligibility into their 70% royalty program for authors. That means that these people weren’t willing to settle for the 35% profit they would have made per book sale, had they priced it lower than this.
Claiming High Demand Doesn’t Add Up
Taking the last point a step further, the book claims that porn addiction is a widespread problem among the female Christian demographic. But if that’s really true, wouldn’t they expect to sell tons of copies? Wouldn’t it at least seem a likely possibility?
If they had expected tons of sales, I don’t see why they couldn’t have priced it at ninety-nine cents and taken the lower royalty percentage since they could bank on the fact that the book would sell in bulk.
I call bull shit again.
Where Are The Proceeds Going, Exactly?
Given the sensitive nature of this book’s subject matter, I would be very interested in where the profits are going on this product. Is the publisher/author donating the proceeds to the church, I hope?
I doubt it. My guess is the dollars are going straight into their pocket, which makes me slightly sick to my stomach.
Does Not Distinguish Normal Behavior From Addiction
Again, I haven’t read most of this book. However, from what little I did read and from scanning the table of contents, it does not seem to address one of the most important issues related to this entire topic.
As far as I can tell, it does not offer ANY sort of qualifying information to help the reader determine whether or not their consumption of pornography is in fact normal behavior, or if they are exhibiting the traits of a person suffering from an actual, legitimate addiction to said pornography.
Isn’t this, uh, like…KIND OF IMPORTANT?
Forgive me if I’m alone on this one, but I’d like to give the authors the benefit of the doubt here and assume that they are not trying to say that all viewing of porn can be explained by stating that the viewer suffers from an ailment, for fuck’s sake.
Isn’t This God’s Job, Not Yours?
And to wrap this up, my final issue with this entire concept is the fact that really at the end of the day, all these capitalist Christians are doing is chopping up the Bible and spewing out arbitrary quotations from what they claim is an already perfect text.
Why are they qualified to do this?
Is this something that God is even fucking cool with, honestly? Something tells me that the Bible was meant to speak for itself, and these people were not invited to reiterate it according to their own agenda.
But what do I know?
What do you guys think of all this absurdity? Share your reactions in the comments.