Episode 24. Pornography with Joy Skarka

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The Summer of Sex Ed series continues with Joy Skarka. Joy serves as the Director of Discipleship for Authentic Intimacy, where Joy participates in their mission of providing sexual discipleship to Christian women and couples.

Last week on the podcast we talked with Kat Harris about masturbation and how masturbation and pornography are not mutually exclusive and that masturbation CAN be good and beneficial for some women. And while that’s certainly true for some of us, it’s not true for all of us. Despite us being made to believe that porn mostly a man’s issue, many women struggle with porn addiction, which is why I have asked my friend Joy Skarka to chat with us about pornography. Like me, Joy is passionate about creating spaces to free women from shame. But unlike me, Joy has a history of struggling with porn. This episode isn’t just for those who do struggle with porn, though. We talk about the broader impacts of porn on our culture, such as our body image and expectations of sex. We talk about how we can be safe and supportive friends when a friend discloses their struggle with porn to us.

Please be made aware that there is one mention of sexual violence early in our conversation as Joy shares a personal story. If you’d like to skip ahead, you can do that by skipping to the 10 minute mark.  Here’s my conversation with Joy. 


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