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3 Myths about Pornography I wish were True

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In my previous blog post, “Social Media is the New Face of Porn” I shared how pornographers leverage Social Media as a carrier for pornography. In today’s blog post I am sharing three myths about pornography that pornographers use as grounds to rationalize their work. These are primarily based on my observations of an interview titled “Digital Violence: Reduced to a Category” which appeared on Facebook in the year 2020.

Pornography can be Redeemed

The myth of “Pornography is Redeemable” stems from three deceptive approaches to the production and consumption of pornography. These approaches are known as Ethical Porn, Feminist Porn, and Erotic Literature. According to pornographers, ethical porn is content that is made with the performer’s pleasure and boundaries in mind while feminist porn is content that puts women in charge of the narrative.

These seemingly noble approaches remind me of this video of a man opening a nine-year-old Easter Egg on YouTube. The Egg looks awesome on the outside but smells so awful on the inside he just can stand the odour. Ethical or unethical, feminist or Misogynic attempting to redeem pornography is like painting a rotten egg with beautiful colours. Here’s why?

• Pornography is all about money. “ethical porn” is nothing but a sales pitch. In the year 2019, the pornography industry had an estimated value of US$ 35.17 Billion. (Source: CISION)

• Pornography is an industry that fundamentally trades in the sexual objectification of women. Therefore, pornography can never be ethical.

• I don’t endorse erotica (a discussion for another time) but erotica is not pornography or vice versa. Calling pornography otherwise is nothing but a smokescreen used to cover its inherently evil nature.

• Pornography whether ethical or unethical shall not lose the physically and emotionally devastating influence it has on the individual and the society.

There have also been these kinds of discussions about ‘ethical consumption’ around food and clothes, two consumer items we need. No one wants pornography, however. Hence, if you are particularly worried about the circumstances of performers, I’d recommend not using pornography.

Pornography is a necessary Evil

In the English language ‘a necessary evil’ means something profoundly immoral and wicked that someone believes must be done or accepted because it is necessary to achieve a better outcome, especially because possible alternative courses of action or inaction are expected to be worse. Defenders of pornography defend pornography on the grounds that it’s a necessary evil for exploring your sexuality, boosting sexual intimacy in marriage, and decreasing sexual crimes against women as well as children. Is it?

Pornography doesn’t help to explore your sexuality. It rather distorts the ability to become aroused by conditioning your sexual preferences to look more like pornography itself and less like your natural desires. It’s the reason why erectile dysfunctions are common among porn addicts. Therefore, pornography doesn’t boost sexual intimacy in your marriage. It rather destroys it. Pornography is also one of the reasons behind the ever-growing divorce rate in the United States of America according to research.

It is true that sexual crimes against women and children have decreased in certain regions after legalizing porn. However, this is not true everywhere in the world. In certain countries, especially in Asia, it has been observed that porn directly fuels sexual violence against women and children as porn addicts seek real-world experiences. The bottom line is pornography cannot be rationalized as a necessary evil. For, if pornography is necessary, it cannot be harmful and if it is harmful, it is not necessary.

Pornography is an innocent Crime

Last but not least people like to rationalize pornography on the grounds it is an innocent crime or no crime at all. I agree that watching pornography cannot be called a crime in the legal sense. However, it is a direct crime you commit against your own body and an indirect crime against humanity. Here’s why?

Our brain when exposed to pornography for an extended period becomes accustomed to high levels of stimulation and begins to rewire itself, becoming numb to everyday pleasures but keenly receptive to porn. Consequently, this creates a vicious cycle that leads to the erosion of willpower forming an addiction. If you disagree, I invite you to read this article titled “How Porn Changes the Brain” by Fight the New Drug Blog.

It’s an indirect crime against humanity because the demand for pornography fuels human trafficking the fastest-growing crime in the world both locally and internationally. As the demand for pornography increases so does the number of women and children trafficked into the industry. People who watch pornography believe they are engaging in a harmless act in the privacy of their homes. The truth is they are being an accessory to a crime and do not even know it.

Pornography fuels human trafficking further by creating a demand for prostitution. Prolonged consumption of pornography drives men and women to fulfill their twisted sexual desires through prostitution increasing the demand for prostitutes. Pornography thus feeds prostitution, again increasing the demand for sex trafficking. Therefore, pornography isn’t an innocent crime or no crime at all.

Wrap Up

While the pleasure of pornography is temporary the consequences of pornography can last a lifetime. Still, the world rationalizes porn on various grounds. I sincerely hope this blog post will help you discern the truth about porn from the lies about porn. In the event you are struggling with porn addiction and willing to receive help, please feel free to drop me an email and I will connect you with people willing and capable of helping you.

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