This interview with Naomi Wolf in The Sydney Morning Herald is very enlightening. It’s hard for me to deny her main points. For example,
“The onslaught of porn,” she wrote, “is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women … Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they can scarcely get, let alone hold, their attention.”
In the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time talking to women in their teens and early 20s about porn, sex and body image. There is a profound difference in the context in which these women have come of sexual age compared to that of my adolescence only a decade earlier. The difference is that most young people now have witnessed countless sex acts long before they even get naked with another human being.
It could be argued that such exposure is educational, but only if you’ve never seen any mainstream porn, which is, most industry insiders and observers agree, getting more and more extreme. This may be, at least in part, a reaction to the adoption of soft-porn aesthetics by mainstream popular culture. Porn needs to be nastier and more hard-core to differentiate itself from beer ads and music videos.
(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)