Penn & Teller on the War on Porn

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is one of my favourite TV shows. It uses comedy to shed the light of truth on many serious social topics. A couple of weeks ago, they dealt with the war on porn. Very entertaining and informative! I highly recommend it.

One of the anti-porn experts on the show claimed that watching porn can lead to an increased incidence of rape in our society. Penn & Teller clearly showed that this was bullshit.

This same expert made the astonishing claim that mainstream porn is a sort of “gateway drug” to child pornography. WTF?!! This is the stupidest statement I’ve ever heard!

Mainstream porn and child porn are two completely different things. People don’t enjoy both. Mainstream porn is healthy, fun, and natural. Child porn is a sick perversion. Anybody who links the two together is a bullshit artist.

Another point the show raised is that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that porn leads to relationship break-ups. This is more bullshit from the conservative anti-porn crusaders trying to instill sexual fear in all of us.

Make it your mission to watch this show. Look for it in your TV guide. TiVo it. Do whatever you have to but do catch it. It’ll be the best 30 minutes you’ve ever spent watching television.

– RKE

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

1 thought on “Penn & Teller on the War on Porn”

  1. Of course, porn and masturbation go hand in hand, as it were. If porn is bad, then so is masturbation. But a major sex education site believes otherwise:

    To quote:

    Masturbation is one of the most common sexual activities, and refers to self-stimulation of the sexual organs. What men and women learn about their own sexual responses through masturbation helps them provide information to their partners about what feels best during lovemaking.

    Almost all men and most women masturbate at some point in their lives, and the majority of us understand that it is a normal and healthy pattern of sexual expression. Many of us grew up with a sense of guilt over the act, particularly if our parents made us feel it was something shameful or abnormal. But that shouldn’t stop you – it is a natural and arousing behaviour. Masturbation is a great outlet for our body’s sexual responses, but in the end, whether you do it or not is up to you.

    and…

    Both men and women sometimes fear that masturbation will lessen their desire to have sex with their partner. Studies, however, have shown that masturbation usually has a positive effect on sexual relationships. Also, men and women who have experienced orgasm through masturbation before having sexual intercourse for the first time often have less difficulty achieving orgasm with their partners.

    and…

    For both men and women, fantasy often plays a role in masturbation, and you should be comfortable in doing whatever feels right for you.

    That’s right. “Fantasy” is important in masturbation, and porn is all about sexual fantasy.

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