Having first gained momentum among men in Reddit forums and backwaters of the internet, the community regards NoFap as a sexual health program to combat porn addiction. The flippantly named NoFap community has gained a strange prominence since it was founded in by Pittsburgh web developer Alexander Rhodes. Kristel also cites the influence of pornography as a key driver of the trend. And yet, Kristel has no plans to stop. Among the reams of Reddit discussions and YouTube videos, a fundamentally misogynistic rhetoric regularly emerges. She says the vast majority of her viewers are based in the US, with a smaller but significant following in India.
Jewel. Age: 28.
Kristel has become something of a poster-girl for the Femstronaut movement, but there is a darker side to NoFap.
Aimee. Age: 21.
What’s causing women to join the NoFap movement?
Even as a heterosexual woman, porn made me sexualize and objectify women … I also began to think of myself as a sex object, and that my value came from my sex appeal. Yet it is not clear whether NoFap offers any relief. Although the thousands of women who post on NoFap might be benefiting from access to a community of like-minded people, it fails to provide the expert support that may realistically be needed for women struggling with sex or porn addiction. Among the reams of Reddit discussions and YouTube videos, a fundamentally misogynistic rhetoric regularly emerges.