Is Porn Bad?

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 17:10
Submitted by Nina

I was surfing the web this evening, and I found this comment posted on a forum.

'I have a comment on your response to the porn question. Watching porn is not okay. it is not normal. it has become ‘normalized’. men often seem to confuse looking at porn as part of normal sexuality…obviously the porn industry is selling this idea really well. with porn easily available on the internet, it has become a huge and massive problem. more men are addicted than will be admitted. i don’t think it is right to downplay the negative effects of porn and say it is ‘normal’. you acknowledge that porn addition like any other addiction is not healthy, has it’s consequences…but seriously without an addiction, is it really harmless fun to masturbate in front of images of women where the majority of them are victims of child sexual abuse. what a weak male image. your stance on porn seems to downplay the effects…. is it too scary to encourgage men to think critically about porn and the negative effects it has on men, women and relationships. our culture normalizes porn…i know you know more about this so why is your answer so supposedly safe? '

I can understand how some porn is a big no-no, as some of it can be quite disturbing. To condemn ALL porn for this is unacceptable however! I love porn! At the best of times, women viewers of porn are rare where I live, and its comments like this that make me feel even more alienated than I need to be.

It leads back to religion, feeling guilty about masturbating etc. Why should we feel guilty about such things? Porn is enjoyable is it not? And (regarding its 'good' porn) we can all learn a trick or two!

Is looking at the Mona Lisa

Sat, 04/11/2009 - 17:59
Jeffrey65802

Is looking at the Mona Lisa and getting arroused bad? The line between fine art and porn simply doesn't exist. It's in the eye of the observer. People who condemn porn either hate all art or they're being hypocritical. Where do we draw our arbitrary line between "art" and "porn?" Is David homoerotic, fine art, porn, what is it? Who cares? It's all art. Porn is just at one end of the spectrum, and David or Mona Lisa at the other, but there's no delineation between any of it. Pleanty of naked people in painting, some of it's erotic, but we don't say it's porn (or some might but we don't count those.) ;)

Without invoking the paradox of the heap which is about drawing the line, either all art be it blatantly pornographic or not is "ok" or none of it is. Like humor, either everything's ok to joke about, or none of it as South Park's "Cartoon Wars" episodes pointed out.

I'd much rather be happy than right any day.

Is porn bad for you

Wed, 01/28/2009 - 15:17
eleni223

It is apparent that the writer of that post has not watched porn, at least not in the last 20 years.  It is insulting to clump all porn into the same category that he/she has put child molesters, basically, by stating that all porn is the result of some type of abuse and anyone who watches it is perverted.

It is also apparent that this person must have had some type of issue in a relationship that involved porn, most likely because he/she (I'm going to guess it was a she) is not sexually compatible with their partner. And the comment about becoming addicted?  There is always something out there that one who has a addicted personality will latch onto and abuse. 

I prefer live feeds and amateur porn.  What is wrong with me watching a man get off online?  He's excited by my watching, I get excited and become more sexual watching him, my partner doesn't have to work so hard at getting me aroused and our sex life benefits from it all.  Who is getting hurt here?

The real issue is if relationships are getting harmed, then why?  Because people have stopped being sexual, that's why.  If more couples would have open conversations about their wants and needs, forget about what they were taught growing up and realize that sex is healthy, then there wouldn't be a need for couples to sneak around and watch porn behind their partners back.

 

"...is it really harmless

Wed, 01/28/2009 - 13:35
enrico

"...is it really harmless fun to masturbate in front of images of women
where the majority of them are victims of child sexual abuse. what a
weak male image."

A problem I have with this particular statement, aside from the unsubstantiated assertions of sexual abuse among women in porn, is the heteronormative implication. Not all porn is, and not all who view it are, hetero. Beyond that not all who view pron are men.

 someone's been watching

Wed, 01/28/2009 - 08:52
Carlin Ross

 someone's been watching too much Dr. Phil.  Settle down on the porn, Oprah

porn = child abuse?

Wed, 01/28/2009 - 00:45
writer245

The original poster that Nina quoted in this thread posted:

"Is it really harmless fun to masturbate in front of images of women where the majority of them are victims of child sexual abuse?"

WTF?  If that person is serious in this outlandish claim, I would hope that s/he could cite some form of evidence to back it up. And of course, there is no such evidence.

The porn stars that I follow enjoy making money from their occupation.  Take Katie Morgan as an example.  She's now on HBO hawking her wares, as it were.

I am not oblivious to the very real problems of sex slavery and child exploitation in the modern world.  I am aware that SOME individuals do in fact sexually exploit female slaves and/or children, and they are horrid individuals for doing so.  But, that's a tiny slice of the picture here.

To claim that pornography = adult/child slavery/abuse is simply pathetic, even pathological.

I masturbate "early and often," and I enjoy seeing images of other free and happy people enjoying sexual stimulation and/or orgasm while I masturbate.  How can this possibly be misconstrued as necessarily the result of child abuse?

Writer245

 

If I had to guess, I would

Wed, 01/28/2009 - 06:00
cuntlicker

If I had to guess, I would say as a result of religion, another form of child abuse in my opinion. :P

"Really Timmy, there's an invisible man in the sky, who loves you so much that if you don't do what he says, then he'll punish you by making your life suck and sending you to hell when you die."

Abstinence makes The Church grow fondlers.

Not at all. Watch all you

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 18:49
Anonymous User (not verified)

Not at all. Watch all you want.