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Porn: Is it a big deal?

Porn is often a taboo subject that is not mentioned in civilised and polite conversation especially on our little island.

Porn is part of society
Porn is part of society

In most cultures sex is for procreation and not pleasure so porn like sex has always divided people the world over but what is the big deal?

The porn industry has come a long way since naughty paintings and dirty magazines aimed at men of a certain age. It is now more sophisticated, gender neutral and wide reaching taking in fantasy and escapism.

It is something that everyone indulges in be it a magazine, video or on the internet. It isn’t real but does watching it give men a false idea about women and ex?

With the internet comes freedom of expression but also responsibility. There are many extreme porn genres on the internet and this sometimes is not a particularly good thing.

The majority of young people (especially men) now get their ideas about what constitutes “normal” sex from pornography. And most porn is far from “normal”.

Real world sex is often unglamorous, quite messy and sometimes even a little funny. A lot of the time it is the opposite of sexy.

Pornography is often distinguished from erotica, which consists of the portrayal of sexuality with high-art aspirations, focusing also on feelings and emotions, while porn involves the depiction of acts in a sensational manner, with the entire focus on the physical act, so as to arouse quick intense reactions.

A distinction is also made between hardcore and softcore porn. Softcore is generally described as focusing on nude modeling and suggestive, but not explicit, simulations of sexual intercourse, whereas hardcore pornography explicitly showcases penetrative intercourse.

Opposition to pornography comes primarily from three sources, law, religion and feminism.

Feminist critics argue that the pornographic industry contributes to violence against women in the production and consumption of porn. However there is no studies to corroborate this view point.

Religious organisations have been important in bringing about political action against pornography.

We have become acclimatised to the idea that porn is bad for us, and must only be tolerated due to reasons of democracy and liberalism.

However porn keeps many relationships going. How many couples do you know whose partners have identically matched sex drives? Not many.

Porn is an outlet for the sexual pressure built up in relationships and also for people who feel that communicating or finding a sexual partner is very difficult to achieve.

The portrayal of sexually explicit images has become commonplace in today’s society. What once was taboo is now openly available.

There is a lot of sexual desire out there that needs an outlet and porn often is that outlet.

(Original text published in An Focal XXI Issue 11 on 9 April 2013)

 

 

 

 

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