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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Autumn 2022

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

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The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Autumn 2022

Volume: 29 | Number: 3

The Problem of Porn: Women, Men, Intimacy, and the Church

Each author in this issue offers a frank, Christ-centered look at porn use in the church. They discuss how porn use harms women, not just men. They also offer practical ways forward to help us heal.


We Need to Talk—About Porn
By: Sarabeth Ng | September 5, 2022
The church’s handling of porn use thus far has been undergirded by contempt, shame, and gossip. We have centered men and their personal righteousness over the very real harm done to women and girls.

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Is This Safe to Drink? Thoughts on Our  Thirst for Intimacy
By: Erin Moniz | September 5, 2022
Porn is a counterfeit intimacy. When we allow porn to distort true intimacy, we lose out on the partner work—whether platonic or covenantal—of the gospel, for which God created us.

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Women Are People, Too
By: Mallory Ellington | September 5, 2022
The church all too often slants discussions of porn toward men’s struggles. But women also struggle. Ignoring this reality harms women—they are othered and do not have adequate resources to help them find freedom.

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Is There Such a Thing as Ethical Porn? Male and Female Perspectives
Does consumption of porn always lead to a negative result? These authors argue yes, so for the Christian there can be no such thing as “ethical porn.”

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Church Leaders and Porn: The Devastating Effects for Women in the Church
By: Heather Matthews | September 5, 2022
We need to recognize the impact that male church leaders’ porn use has on women and their leadership opportunities within the church. Doing so requires extensive openness, curiosity, vulnerability, attention, and research.

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Preaching Porneia
By: Kyle Norman | September 5, 2022
Far too often, the church has preached a narrow view of sexual immorality, singling out things like homosexuality and pre-marital sex while ignoring or downplaying the everyday instances of lust that we all face.

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Porn’s Complicity in Abuse
By: Mimi Haddad | September 5, 2022
Research helps us see the link between porn use and the abuse of women and girls, particularly in the form of intimate partner violence and sex trafficking.

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