I was thinking more with my small group tonight about Twilight (I’m up to the third in the series: Eclipse) and some of the guys helpfully wanted to explore the porn thing a bit more. Just as porn is sinful for guys, do I think that reading Twilight is sinful for girls?
As we were talking about it, I remembered a sermon from two weeks ago that our pastor gave about sex. Part of what he argued is that in fallen marriages, men are lazy are don’t make the effort to come into the world of their wives; and women are filled with contempt for their husbands and attempt to be independent from them. The link to porn is pretty clear here for men – you don’t have to make the effort with porn, and there’s a quick thrill. But I think that my pastor’s principle helps us here with Twilight as well.
If Twilight causes a woman to view her husband with contempt (presumably because he falls far short of Edward’s ideal) she ought not to read it. As I argued last time, she should do everything she can to love the man that God has given her, not to shut him out by dreaming of someone better.
Guys can correct me on this one but I wonder whether it’s a similar idea to classical art. I take it that some men can appreciate the beauty of the female form in a classical painting without it having the same effect as porn. Of course, if he can’t, he ought not look. But the same is true for women and romantic comedies and Twilight. These stories do celebrate what is good – love is a gift from God! But if it becomes the ideal, raised above loving the reality and, even leading her to despise the reality, it has become unhelpful and she ought to avoid read it.
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Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.