Billie Eilish recently revealed her pornography addiction on a radio show. On Monday, the seven-time Grammy winner said pornography "destroyed" her brain and gave her nightmares on Sirius XM's Howard Stern Show.
Billie Eilish said she had nightmares after watching pornography since she was 11. According to Eilish, she is “incredibly devastated” that she was exposed to so much pornography and how it harmed her.
On Monday, Eilish spoke on “The Howard Stern Show.” She admitted that pornography “destroyed” her brain.
The Internet and social media have made pornography more accessible than ever. According to a Barna study, younger generations are seeking out porn. Eilish was 11 when she started watching it, and some as young as 9 have admitted to doing so. Younger addictions can have a greater impact on one's outlook on life and relationships.
Parents must now discuss pornography with their children. No one else will, unless it's a peer or peers who don't really know what they're talking about.
“Pornography is vicious, anti-woman propaganda,” says sociology professor Diana Russell. It misrepresents us. So does it. Pornography is made to sell, and what it sells is a bunch of lies about sex and women. People either enjoy being raped or accept it as their lot as women to be victims of such experiences.
Studies show that violent pornography promotes sexual harm. Also unprotected sexual contact, lack of emotional connection between partners, and often violence or rape. The lack of accurate sex education across the country and the increasing availability of porn online have been shown to influence young people's views on sex. In the words of UNICEF, "poor mental health, sexism and objectification, sexual violence" can result from porn exposure.
Pornography isn't always bad, and for some, it's a healthy sexual outlet. But it can be harmful if it affects mental health or skews real-life sexual interactions, as Eilish described. Porn can however skew perceptions of what is normal during sex, according to Billie Eilish. "When I first started having sex, I didn't say no to bad things. Because I thought I was supposed to be attracted to that" she said.
“Male Fantasy” is a new song by Eilish about her porn addiction. She would never be that satisfied, it's a male fantasy / I'm going back to therapy.
Her early interest in pornography had harmed her sex life and mental health, she said.
- “Porn is a disgrace,” she told Howard Stern.
- “I used to watch a lot of porn. “I started porn when I was 11.”
- “I believe it harmed my brain, and I am devastated that I was exposed to so much porn.”
Eilish believes “abusive” BDSM caused her sleep paralysis and night terrors. Studies show that porn addiction destroys the brain, productivity, and energy. The UK has made it harder for minors to access porn.
Thanks to Billie Eilish's candour about her own porn experiences, parents now have an "in" to discuss it with their kids. She recently told Howard Stern that early porn consumption "destroyed" her brain and that porn is "a disgrace" for women.