I have three sons, ages 16, 15, and 12. I was also in an abusive marriage for ten years in which my 15 year old was a frequent target of my x husband. These boys had a rough time of it, as did we all.
After I left my husband my children acted out for a short time, we all spoke of feeling relief and feeling safe yet there were still some rough spots as I got the hang of trying to do it alone.
Several years ago my accountability program found that the computer had been accessing pornography. Turns out it was my middle son. To date he has been 'caught' accessing pornography many times since then. He was 13 I think when this started.
I banned him from the computer, but after a few months I would allow him to be on it for short periods of time. Each and every single time my son would access pornography within days (and sometimes hours) of being allowed back online. He was aware that he would be caught because the computers are monitored but he chose to do it anyway.
Most recently my youngest son allowed my middle son to play with his PSP. (the middle child) used it to immediately access pornography online. The child is now banned from computers, video games and so forth. I've talked until I'm blue in the face, I've grown angry and yelled, I've cried when I was alone and when I was in front of him. I've had him read Dworkin, my site, and other places (namely OAG's site) and I still can't unseat this problem. He can recite feminist literature all day long, he can understand the tenets, the ideas behind it, how it links together but he will not allow this knowledge to stand in the way of his porn use.
I don't think I'm looking for advice (I've tried everything I could think of so far) but more a place to simply be sad. I can clearly see why he's looking at pornography, I've figured all that out readily enough, but I can't seem to make it stop.
I know, that as soon as my child leaves my home and moves into his own place that he will be looking at porn immediately. I know that I am raising a problem for women. I know that this child will one day grow and will fully absorb the messages that porn sends to men. I know that my child masturbates to degradation of my people (when I use that phrase I mean womyn) and that with every orgasm he will further solidify his own hatred of and superiority over, women.
I know that there will likely come a day where my son coerces a young woman into sex (rape) and there isn't a damned thing I can do about it. I look into the eyes of my son and they still sparkle like they did when he was a baby, but he's not a baby anymore, he's growing into a man and that man will have trained himself to degrade women before he leaves my home.
As a radical feminist who puts women first I cannot begin to determine what I should do with regards to this issue. My heart breaks because there is nothing I can do to protect the womyn he will come into contact with.
I have three boys. One of them is lost to me and as a mother and a radical womyn this breaks my heart in a way I can scarcely express. I don't know if it says something terrible about me, but you know what haunts me late at night? More than anything else? I know, in my heart of hearts that, knowing what I know now, if I had it to do over again I would have had that abortion.
I also find myself blaming myself over and over again, even though that radical womyn inside of me stands up and yells that I'm placing blame in the wrong place. I'm not sure what I intended to say with this message. I began writing it this morning and put it away again and finally decided to finish it this evening. I think that maybe I just wanted to share, I keep trying with him and I keep failing. He simply doesn't care. When he wants to masturbate, everything goes right out the window.
Last edited by Administrator; 08-10-2012 at 09:50 PM.
i am a 47 yr old man. I discovered porn around the time that your son probably did. It has eaten at me my entire life. I know that its unhealthy. I know that its degrading. I know that its wrong. Wouldnt you know that I am blessed with Daughters? yes thats added to my guilt and helped me to want to change. I have given up on porn. i am a sensitive loving man. I am working on cleaning my mind. we are all given trials in our lives to mold us and shape us. I have decided to use my experience to help others.I will pray that your son does not suffer for as long as i have and that he to can help others some day. Your son may be a great warrior some day. Stick by him. Porn is a terrible addiction. I have succesfully quit drinking,smoking, and using drugs. None of them near as difficult as porn.but I did do it! God bless you !
"I can clearly see why he's looking at pornography, I've figured all that out readily enough, but I can't seem to make it stop".
I'm curious as to what you think is causing your kids to look at porn? One can see that they are not interested in your feminist ideology regarding degradation of women and future rape, since this logic has no influence on them.
If you would like them to stop viewing porn (which I think is self-destructive, etc.), ask yourself: Have you allowed them the pleasure of masturbating, or as they are old enough, the ability to have girlfriends and all that implies?
Pornography is debilitating and addictive, but if kids are given the opportunity and support of healthy sexuality, they will avoid porno since it is really unfulfilling. The counter-education of what the media and society accepts as "normal" is up to the parents.