Pornography Culture

Dear Cissy,

Do you know why I like you? Nay, love you? 

Because you stand your ground and you are so committed. You believe that pornography is wrong and I am so happy for that. 

But, your existence and your actions are the direct result of the pornographic culture. You believe pornography, in its “truest” form, is wrong. 

So why do you buy into the objectification of women? Why do you let men reduce you down to nothing more than an object? 

You are valued so much more than that and by altering your body with pills and looking for love through sex, you are living so far under your dignity. You are worth so much more.

I know you love Pope John Paul II, this is how he wants you to live: 

“Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”

” Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude. This has prevented women from truly being themselves and it has resulted in a spiritual impoverishment of humanity. Certainly it is no easy task to assign the blame for this, considering the many kinds of cultural conditioning which down the centuries have shaped ways of thinking and acting. And if objective blame, especially in particular historical contexts, has belonged to not just a few members of the Church, for this I am truly sorry. May this regret be transformed, on the part of the whole Church, into a renewed commitment of fidelity to the Gospel vision. When it comes to setting women free from every kind of exploitation and domination, the Gospel contains an ever relevant message which goes back to the attitude of Jesus Christ himself. Transcending the established norms of his own culture, Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness. In this way he honoured the dignity which women have always possessed according to God’s plan and in his love.” — Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women

And, one last quote: ““Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 
― John Paul II

You are worth so much more than living in an “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” mentality. You have such great power in your womanhood that by neutering yourself in order to be an object of lust you are  giving away everything and receiving nothing in return. All of the pleasures are fleeting.

I promise that if you give that up and reclaim your sexuality as something worth work, love, marriage and honour you will be so free. 

 

God Bless,

Rebecca

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