What’s the big deal with porn anyways?

Listening to my peers voice their opinions about pornography was something that I found extremely captivating. I suppose I never really realized that there were people who were so opposed to porn, not solely for moral reasons but simply based on the fact they prefer to exclusively have real human connections. Some women in the class strongly dismissed the notion that it was appropriate for their partners to watch porn, perhaps due to the belief that masturbating to porn was an extended form of infidelity. I am left wondering, if your partner feels the need to watch porn, does that mean that there is something lacking in your relationship? Why would someone watch porn when they could actually partake in some form of intimacy with their partner?

I completely understand that there are many pornographic subcategories that are immensely degrading towards women, some even going so far as to involve direct, deliberate abuse and physical trauma to the female actors. This is certainly an irrefutable reason to condemn the porn industry and those who encourage its growth by viewing these types of pornographic videos. However, I disagree with the suggestion that viewing porn while in a relationship is a type of cheating, and I would actually make the statement that occasionally masturbating to porn, or merely viewing porn out of curiosity, is healthy for the majority of couples. I firmly believe that porn can be an effective way to explore your sexuality, and determine your preferences and boundaries before venturing into sex.

 

 

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