A reader comments:
Rihanna is no different from those that were enslaved to sexual addiction/sexual purity struggles. The only difference is that we have stepped out of the denial.
This is partly true, and partly untrue.
On one hand, yes. Rihanna is no different from any of us; no worse certainly. And the point of the article, as well as my posting related to it, were not done with an attitude of being better than her. She gives every appearance of being enslaved to sexual addiction. And many of us know exactly what that is like.
One the other hand, Rihanna is different. But not different as in “worse.” Merely different.
Wittingly or unwittingly she propels the growth of, and profits from, the promotion of porn culture. She acts out sexually in a way that, if i were to do it publicly as she does, i would be arrested. And rightfully so.
Again, this doesn’t make her worse than anyone else. She becomes more rich and more famous as she acts out sexually, which exacerbates the pornification of our culture.
If anything, it makes Rihanna — and other pop culture icons —worthy of sympathy and compassion. i know my own personal tragedy related to porn addiction, i would hate to have had that played out in the public eye as happens for many stars.
It does raise an interesting point though. The far-reaching devastation of a hypersexualized culture, as all nooks and crannies of public entertainment are polluted, is truly unfathomable.