Is Porn Really That Bad?

There’s a porn website pumping out a new ad campaign, hoping to raise awareness that pornography is normal, healthy, legal, and widely available. They’d like to make it clear that visual sexual stimulation is a real need, and it’s a need they’re charitably stepping up to fill.

Wait, what? Can we talk about this?

First off: if “everybody is doing it,” you shouldn’t really need an ad campaign, am I right? But alright, this is America. You’re never making “enough” profit. Better ads = better sales. But let’s talk about this need.

Do people need sexual stimulation? Technically, no, but it’s a pretty normal basic instinct. People feel a primal need to propagate the species. Above the basic animal baby-making level, there’s a need to feel needed, a need to feel excited, a need to feel loved and cared for by another human being who’s willing to be completely vulnerable with you.

Now let’s talk about pornography. Porn is an outlet designed to fulfill these needs… by not having sex. By watching someone else have sex, you feel kind of excited (wishing it was you), you wish you were loved by someone who looked like that, you fantasize about someone being loving and vulnerable with you, and you definitely don’t end up with a baby. In fact, at the end of the night, you don’t even have a date. You’ve got a computer screen. Lucky, lucky you.

It’s kind of like ordering a BLT and getting an empty plate that smells like bacon.

So an organization called Fight The New Drug (FTND) has launched a counter-campaign, with ads like this:

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(Check out the pictures here)

And according to their blog, “research shows that pornography promotes gender inequality, dehumanizes women, can cause erectile dysfunction in men at a young age, and can lead to a life of isolation and loneliness. Research clearly shows that pornography is addictive, damaging to relationships, and harms society as a whole.”

Gender inequality? Really?

Well, I guess when you’re basically selling pretty women to be gawked at…

Loneliness?

Oh, yeah. Just me and the computer. This is intimate.

Wikipedia also cites that porn can contribute to rape, domestic violence, sexual dysfunction, difficulties with sexual relationships, and child sexual abuse. 

So why aren’t we doing something about this? Wikipedia also states that over 70% of male internet users from 18 to 34 visit a porn site in a month (although that doesn’t mean women don’t struggle with this problem, too), and that Utah is the largest paying customer.

If you’re sighing, wringing your hands, or tsking, “what a shame,” right now, stop it. It won’t help. What will help is talking to your kids – openly – about what pornography really does, and how dangerous it is. Talk to your spouse. Your significant other. And if you’re one of those who’s finding it hard to stop, talk to an addiction counselor. This is addictive. It’s a drug. (If you don’t believe me, quit for 3 months and prove me wrong.) And it’s being targeted directly at the rising generation.

So don’t buy in. Fight the new drug. ♦

Related article:

#YesAllWomen Are Victims of Pornography

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  1. Pingback: #YesAllWomen are victims of pornography | Lancing a Windmill

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