Focus Presentation: Pornography

Pornography, both as art form and industry, is unfairly maligned. The alleged harm caused by porn is a rampant myth perpetuated by the Church and rabid feminists.

First, a few definitions…

Pornography is any material intended to arouse sexual desire. Typically, this material comprises visual images, but it may also include the written word, such as novels and short stories.

I only condone “mainstream” pornography, that is to say, erotic materials that depict consenting adults engaged in mutually pleasurable sex. This excludes child porn and sadistic porn, where one partner is violently hurt.

For more insight, view this slide show:

Additional Resources:

http://shop.libida.com/adult_movie.asp

http://libertus.net/censor/debate/pcontrov.html

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/xxx.htm

http://www.reason.com/news/show/29657.html

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4845

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

5 thoughts on “Focus Presentation: Pornography”

  1. I agree. Critics of pornography are ostensibly trying to protect people from themselves. They perceive social harm and therefore they try to limit people’s choices. But adults have free will. They should have the freedom to make their own decisions.

    I see no evidence that society is crumbling thanks to pornography. For example, Internet porn has been around for more than fifteen years and — guess what? — our society is still intact.

  2. In researching the arguments against porn, I found several ludicrous claims:

    1. Porn leads to addiction, and further, to drugs, murder, rape, child molestation, incest.
    2. Porn perverts your mind and distorts how you view your intimate partner.

    Excuse me??? How can anyone make such broad generalizations? Especially in the absence of any evidence. I’ve watched porn, and I’m certainly no murderer or rapist. I don’t use drugs or molest kids. And the same holds true for my brother.

    Moreover, I have a very healthy relationship, thank you very much. Porn has not distorted my view of women. I have the utmost respect for them.

    Other claims include:

    1. Porn de-sensitizes men and women to normal sexual stimuli.
    2. Porn degrades women.
    3. Women in relationships feel disrespected and hurt when their men watch porn.

    What are “normal” sexual stimuli??? It seems to me that people frequently look for ways to spice up their sex life. It is normal for both men and women to become inured to the usual sexual stimuli. Eventually, sex becomes boring if you do it the same old way all the time. Porn can actually introduce new and exciting stimuli.

    As for degrading women, this is a silly argument. If you stick to “mainstream” porn, both men and women engage in healthy sex, and both genders are on equal footing. Are men similarly “degraded” in these situations?

    Finally, there are certainly some women who feel hurt or disrespected by their men watching porn. But this is more an issue with these particular women’s insecurities or lack of self-esteem. You certainly can’t generalize across the total population. There are, in fact, many women who have absolutely no problems with porn.

  3. I wonder where the pop psychology nonsense that spew from critics of porn comes from. From where did their knowledge of sexuality originate?

    Certainly not from school. From their parents, then? And where did their parents get their knowledge from?

    The lack of understanding of sexuality is generational. Ignorance about sex is pervasive in our society. This ignorance is not helped by the Church, which imposes artificial rules of sexual behaviour, ostensibly based on moral principles.

    In general, ignorance about sex creates fear of sex, and baseless fear leads to paranoia. This fear underlies nearly all opposition to porn. The subject of “erotophobia” is well-documented in the excellent book, The Politics of Lust, by John Ince.

  4. Jason Evert makes some interesting points about how porn harms society:

    1) Men’s brains are trained to become bored with their wives. They have unrealistic expectations of women. Porn is “mental adultery.” Porn thus destroys marriages.

    2) Women in porn were sexually abused in their past. Porn exploits these women.

    3) Men learn to regard women as merely a collection of body parts. They don’t know how to truly love a woman.

  5. Evert makes very broad generalizations. Some men do indeed develop unhealthy attitudes after watching a lot of porn, but this is certainly not the case for the majority of men. Most men watch porn without ill effects. What hard evidence does Evert present to support his assertions? None! He is simply spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) in service of his religious agenda.

    As for his point about women in porn, again, Evert presents no evidence. He just throws out these allegations without proof. I have no doubt that some of these women have experienced sexual abuse in their past, but to extrapolate across the entire group of porn actors is irrational.

    His comment about “mental adultery” is risible. This is a purely subjective characterization. It is Evert’s own moral interpretation, which I do not share.

    Look, what it all comes down to is this: Every human activity is subject to abuse. You can take anything too far, whether it be gambling, shopping, eating, working, or alcohol. And yet we don’t ban any of these things. People still visit casinos or play the lottery. People still shop, eat, and work. Liquor stores still operate legally. As long as people behave responsibly, we permit these activities to continue.

    And so it is with pornography. Most consumers are responsible. Why should they be denied the right to enjoy porn?

    If you don’t want to watch porn, then don’t. But give everyone else the freedom to choose.

    We don’t need, nor do we want, the “thought police” intruding into our personal lives.

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