Are Hallmark Movies Emotional Porn?

Are Hallmark Movies Emotional Porn? October 11, 2018

Lately Lori Alexander has gotten repetitive and dull. Her site The Transformed Wife is a free flowing stream of daycare is wrong, women are weak and stupid toxic ideas that will kill marriages stone cold dead. But her writings have always been somewhat boring and prissy. What’s interesting as a rotten wedding cake frosted with plutonium and as healthy that has always been her commenters. One of them is busy making claims about Hallmark movies, you know those same movies that Lori has professed her love of.  The commenter brings up some interesting points. Are Hallmark movies emotional porn for women?

I have seen exactly zero of these films so I’m not qualified to judge. But looking at the channel’s movie listings with such gems as ‘A Shoe Addicts Christmas’  I have a feeling I’d roll my eyes or barf before changing the channel. Not my cup of tea, but fine for others.

Here’s what ‘Jeff’ said:

Needless to say Mr. Ken Alexander did not take to the idea that his wife had possibly been dabbling in emotional porn very well. Long conversation ensued with some crazy alegations on both sides. It raises the question that is it possible that even in fundamentalist circles are there not very healthy emotional coping types of entertainment that they are engaging in to survive the cluster do-si-do that their lives are?


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  • Allison the Great

    I hate those Hallmark movies too. There’s really one called “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas”? Wow. Just wow. I don’t like rom coms either. They are usually corny and very badly written.

  • Tawreos

    Replace Hallmark with Pureflix films and women with christians and most of that mess he spews will still make sense. Ok it won’t make any sense, but it will be closer to being true.

  • Saraquill

    Porn for women? I still have a soft for Boy’s Love and Slash, male on male erotica made by and for women. I also have a strong love of food porn. Vegetables depicted in loving closeup as they approach Maillard reaction, cake frosted in gratuitous slow motion…*drool*

  • Saraquill

    By some miracle I saw a romantic movie that wasn’t dreadful, “The 8 Year Engagement”. It was a drama rather than a comedy, but still.

  • Tawreos

    They can’t all be losers. =)

  • Tawreos

    Is it getting hot in here or is it just me? =)

  • SAO

    Frankly, movies are far more likely to be emotional porn for men. You have Sean Connery and Harrison Ford long past the age where the AARP started sending them solicitations to join playing heroes who end up with women young enough to be their daughters or granddaughters. In the mean time, women not yet out of their 30s are cast as mothers of adult women.

    The problem for the CPM is that any peek at a less miserable system for women makes some women wonder why their lives are so awful.

  • Jen (*.*)

    What’s “pedalstizes.” LOL his angry keyboard pounding arguments are cracking me up. I can’t believe he didn’t include that buying women flowers is indulging emotional pornography.

  • Nightshade

    If Lori’s leghumpers want to start on the subject of emotional porn, what about her catering to and obviously trying to please her male readers? Doesn’t that stray into what fundies would call an emotional affair with men she’s not married to?

  • AFo

    I personally don’t get the appeal of the Hallmark channel at all, but I’d say the last thing those movies are is any kind of porn. The snippets I’ve seen seem to reflect a wholesome, sugar-coated worldview rooted in nostalgia, which I’d think would be something the fundegelicals approved of.

  • Banrion

    I too find m/m erotica to be better written; better characters because you don’t have to have a simpering and helpless damsel in distress, better plots because they don’t have to revolve around rescuing said damsel from her distress. I’m sure you get it. In that vein, I recommend the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price.

  • wendy

    it must be a portmanteau of “pedestal” and “chastise”.

  • zizania

    I think he was trying to make a verb out of pedestal and failing miserably. It sounds more like a community centre spin class.

  • Samantha Vimes

    Gay marriage happens because men don’t like Hallmark movies?
    I think… the writer is seriously confused about sexuality.

  • persephone

    You can’t have the women thinking that their godly Christian husbands are bad people because they’re mean and abusive. Women need to be trained by their godly Christian husbands, and that means that a kind word and thanks and flowers and an orgasm are never to be expected. Women exist for men, not the other way around.

  • frostysnowman

    Hallmark movies aren’t female porn. Porn is female porn (as long as it’s not the really nasty stuff).

  • TLC

    “It excites their emotions and gives them scenarios that they long for.”

    Exactly. Like men showing kindness and courtesy and romance. Men making women feel special and wanted and loved and needed.

    I don’t care for most of those movies. But I can see why patriarchal men would be terrified of them. The movies show their wives what they’re missing. And, heaven forbid, those women might actually want it.

  • B.A.

    Join the club. I never watch Hallmark movies.

  • persephone

    What is with copybots? You’ve got one named caleb hart.

  • persephone

    I really wish the MGTOWs really would just go. They seem to prefer hanging around and announcing their intentions, but never following through.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    I think people are confusing the “porn” context.

    The movies on Hallmark are about falling in love; with a rugged lumberjack/farm hand type, or prince/royalty. It’s the idea many Christian women try to fantasize about. The idea of God loving them. Or a “man” presumably one they will or have married. Christmas movies in the middle of Summer (none of that Season’s Greetings/Happy Holidays mess).

    It’s about feeding the fantasy love story of Jesus. Because there’s no way a Christian could ever love themselves “enough”; with the guilt of sin and the constantly needing to be on God’s “good side”. It goes double for Christian women. HE doesn’t really care for their “type”. They know the women they are catering to. Older Christian women who have long since been disenchanted with their relationship status. The generation that was told to support your man, no matter what he does (to you). As long as you can show up on Sunday and appear like the perfect beings on Earth because of God’s “favor.

    You can tell as they also show syndicated reruns. Like Frasier, Cheers, Golden Girls. Pretty tame stuff. Yet Hallmark bleeps out “profane” words like “crap”, and others that you can imagine the nice Christian ladies fainting over.

    And so it’s about addiction to falling in love via fair tales. Perfect for people believing in mythology, I mean theology.

    And it be said I believe Hallmark is a Koch/Georgia Pacifics/paper company. if you think I’m overboard, watch the network when the reruns are on from night to morning most of the time. You might see the commercial for a talking bible.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    I think the word should be “pedestalising” (or “pedestalizing” if you are American and can’t spell properly).

  • heleninedinburgh

    Did you know that Pureflix’s YT channel has a programme called ‘Pure Talk’ on it? (Last guest I saw was [please contain your surprise] Kirk Cameron.) I prefer BIG TALK with RAYMOND TERRIFIC!, myself.

  • heleninedinburgh

    Or his secret gaiety habit.

  • heleninedinburgh

    “There is so much estrogen in the songs[*] and in the air at churches these days it’s hard to fathom why men go”

    Well, no one’s forcing you, duckie. Why not go outside and be manly, re-enact ‘Deliverance’ with a few of your very manly testosterone-charged friends or something?

    *In the songs? You know I might go along myself one day to see how they manage this.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    Any day now, the MGTOWs will finally go their own way! Maybe. Okay, realistically speaking and judging by the length of time we’ve already spent waiting to see them GO, they’re never gonna do it on their own.

    Therefore, I propose that we collect donations in order to raise the funds required to SEND THEM ALL AWAY! To Snake Island. Or the deepest part of the ocean. Really it doesn’t matter where we actually send them, the point is to get the cash to round them up and free them (and ourselves!) from the tyranny of a world where women don’t have to provide them sex and make them sandwiches, nor do their laundry and have their babies – while they get to stomp around like very cranky toddlers ruling the house. It’s a win-win!

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Hey I’m up for that!

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Lately there are more of them too. When I was in the States last week and having a difficult time with disqus on my tablet it was maddening. I wish disqus had better controls because I would set to reject every person trying to come in on the yandex.ru server.

  • Jen (*.*)

    LOL that darned Noah Webster couldn’t leave well enough alone

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister

    No, I have not partaken of the saccharine sap offered on Hallmark’s channel, but I have have a sneaking suspicion that Hallmark Channel to quality programming is like Kinkade to DaVinci.

  • persephone

    Russians!!!

  • IM

    The acting on the Hallmark channel is just as bad as regular porn, if you ask me.
    Hallmark is just useless unless they’re playing movies like “Waiting to Exhale” or “Murder, she wrote.” Or something along those lines.

  • CParis

    The Hallmark Channel movies are basically abstinence films for adults.
    Pretty White people, 1 POC allowed per show, set in some bucolic small town where everyone know everyone, but it can support several bookstores, department stores, fancy restaurants, etc.
    Pretty White girl works as blogger, pastry chef, wine maker and somehow earns enough to drive a new SUV, live in a new house and have a closet full of not-to revealing clothing.
    It’s like HGTV and the 1950s had a baby.