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Is Porn Good For You?

Posted in Sexual Health 27 May, 2015

If you have an interest in this industry, shall we say, then you may already be aware of the debate around how porn affects a person's sex life. Several studies have suggested that viewing excessive amounts of porn can lead to sexual dysfunction in both men and women, and it does make sense that exposing your brain to a consistently high level of sexual stimulation will make it difficult for you to transition to a real life situation.

On the other hand…

It's all well and good pointing the finger at a form of entertainment that can't point back (at least, not directly…), but is there any space for an argument going the other way?

Researchers at Concordia University seem to think so, arguing that porn could actually be an aid for people – specifically couples - who are struggling in their sex life. Although it's pretty difficult to say anything conclusive about the effects of porn, one suggestion is that, as a form of foreplay, porn can be an excellent tool for arousal.

Some people enjoy role-play during sex, so could watching porn with your partner have a similar effect? Certainly, for people who enjoy voyeuristic elements to their sex life, introducing this kind of stimulus can only be a good thing.

It's genetic?

Critics of pornography argue that it leads viewers, particularly young men, to develop very unrealistic views on sex. They point to the fact that young people are in danger of thinking that 2 hours of hard-core, multi-orifice penetration (involving no less than three men) is normal sexual practice, and that women should look like they do in porn movies.

This theory seems solid but, according to research conducted at Emory University, it isn't. "Men prefer novelty, while women are more interested in stable dynamics," says the study's author, Heather Rupp, suggesting that these unrealistic expectations are already inherent to a man's biological makeup.

The 'novelty', in this case, is a reference to the norms found in pornography (and also the media, if anyone is counting). The argument is that, whilst women are more likely to base their relationship decisions on how much stability a man can offer, a man's decision is apparently based more on a woman's appearance, which – as Paul Wright, a researcher at Indiana University, states – gives a naturally occurring insight into her ability to bear children. The recent fascination with the Kardashian-esque figure would therefore actually stem from the biological imperative to procreate – bigger bum and boobs means superior child bearing and rearing abilities, supposedly.

In conclusion

Deciding if pornography works for you depends on whether you and your partner feel comfortable in making it a part of your sex life. If it makes one of you feel uncomfortable then it's probably not worth doing. But if it piques your interest and gets things going - why not?

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