Originally posted by mamabeth
I am sorry,but porn is not good for us...
1.Portrays women as sex objects.
Porn portays people having sex. Both parties.
If there is such a thing as a "sex object," wouldn't it be members of the opposite sex(if you're heterosexual)? It's not like porn came a long
and said, "hey guys, it turns out you can have sex with women." Porn is the way it is because people are sexual beings. We see attractive members
of the opposite sex and automatically percieve them in a sexual way.
Sexual attraction and fantasy is a natural and unavoidable aspect of being a sexually mature human. It's not something that porn created. Porn is
an extension of something very natural.
2.Gives adolescent girls a negative view about their bodies and shape.
Not everyone can look like a centerfold!
Society and culture on an absolutely ubiquitous scale shapes our sense of beauty, and tells us what we "should" look like if we want to be
attractive. Porn is a follower and not a leader in this department. Primetime tv, Hollywood, and magazines all contribute in a major way to this
"constructed" concept of what is beautiful. Pornographers look for actors and actresses who already fit the bill that society has developed.
Adolescent girls develope their definition of attractiveness is by look at the media that they are constantly bombarded with, not by seeing a Playboy
behind the counter at a gas station.
3.In my opinion,porn leads to other sexual deviations.
But the point of the article in OP is that this is a common misconception, and they have data to show that it leads to a reduction or lack of increase
in sexual deviations in the cases that were studied.
4.Reduces the sex act to the animal level,not an expression of love.
Sex already is both an act of love and and something very primal and animalistic. Look at the animals. We do the same thing except when it's with
someone special it means something special. It's still the birds and the bees, too.
Men and women masterbate with or without porn, and people have meaningless sex with our without porn. The part of sex that is an expression of love
goes unchallanged by the fact sometimes sex is a matter of superficial gratification.
As for the idea that porn is an addiction: Things are not addictions. Addictions are people + addictive behavior + object of addiction. Without the
addictive behavior, there is no addiction. Someone can casually use alcohol, or even much harder street drugs. These same substances are often the
objects of addiction. There are more components than the thing itself to addiction. Porn is an addiction to people who are addicted to it. If it is
used in a way that is not dysfunctional, it has the same status as the internet or alcohol: you are not addicted to them - so they are not addictions
- unless you are presenting addictive behavior.
But, in the end, the point of the OP is that more porn can be corrolated with less sexual deviance. Aren't all of the points you made moot if that
is true? Isn't it better to have less harmful action, even if we have to allow for some distasteful behavior behind closed doors? If there really
are less sex crimes when more people watch porn, isn't that a tradeoff you would be willing to make?