Is Pornography Beneficial or Harmful to Society?
Is Porn A Good Form of Sexual Education?
My video response to the topic below:
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I am not completely against pornography and I don’t believe that it should be outlawed. However, I don’t believe that it’s completely harmless entertainment. There is a line that separates acceptable and non acceptable pornographic usage. When porn is used as a sprinkling in one’s life, there is no real issue at all. I would describe a “sprinkling” as occasional usage.
Benefits From Occasional Usage:
- A safe and STI free way of solitary pleasure and a chance to explore one’s sexuality.
- When used sparingly with a partner pornography can complement sexual practices and provide some inspiration.
- Looking at pornography for some inspiration can enhance a sexual relationship and provide the extra spark needed.
- Pornography can alleviate sexual frustration by giving people and outlet for stimulation and relief.
- Where porn is legal/easily accessible, there are lower rates of sex crimes.
Reality and Illusion: The core issue is when the lines of reality and illusion become blurred and usage morphs into an addiction. It becomes a major problem if porn becomes a substitute for actual sex and human sexual connections.
Pornography feeds viewers unrealistic sexual scenarios and expectations. Easily accessible and digestible fantasies that gives a viewer a quick fix, yet leaves them hungry for more. When real sexual and romantic relations seem uninteresting and boring, the more reason a person has to return to porn. This can create issues in relationships with partners of porn users.
In pornography there are no STI’s, no pregnancies, no cervical cancer, no skin tearing or bruises. Gonzo porn, which currently dominates the market, features endless arrays of sex acts which often includes depictions of abusive and violent sex. The performers come out of it smiling, regardless of treatment. The combination of frequent consumption and the inability to separate reality from illusion may lead some men to attempt to replicate these sexually sadistic situations in real life. Hence, a variety of negative consequences including sex crimes.
Porn strips away at the reality and humanity of sex. Real emotions don’t exist. There is no sub text or real narrative, it’s just base element fucking. It degrades men and women, and in heterosexual porn, it often degrades women even more so. Women become objects who need domination and men are defined by their quest for control and domination. Overall, It objectifies human beings and human nature.
A teenage boy who use porn as sex education is in a danger zone of being misshaped by porn’s standards and messages. It can lead to struggles with sexual relations and gender perception. The more he consumes, the more likely he will expect sex to be like porn. Luckily, most men grow out of it. My sympathies are with the ones that never do.
1980s porn legend Nina Hartley claimed her experience in the industry was empowering and a bold feminist move of owning her sexuality. I’m not saying that her statement is an impossibility but I think it would be the exception and not the rule.
When people are having sex for necessity or “work” purposes, it has a negative effect on their emotions and psychology. It’s a spectrum effect but even those who claim that they can disconnect and perform the sex are still affected. They are put on all kinds of sexual enhancers and drugs in order to “perform” better. The studios expect performers to fuck anyone that is put in front of them. How can any of this be good for them?
The industry works hard at portraying a glamorous image but it’s not without violence, abuse, drugs, alcoholism, suicide and depression. When adult performers speak in public they often seem to be reciting a standard formula of dialogue. It consists of their free choice in working in the industry, their love for sex and lack of inhibition. This is merely good PR for the pornographic studios and it doesn’t even begin to tell the realities of what really goes on. Most people enter the business of their own free will, yet this does not minimize the damage.
“You are viewed as an object, and not as a human spirit. People do drugs because they can’t deal with the treatment they receive and the realities of their work. You are a number. You’re bruised, you have black eyes, you are torn and you have your insides coming out”- Jersey Jaxin (retired Adult movie star)
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