Debunking the myth that porn is harmless

MercatorNet 9 October 2013  
Whenever I’ve mentioned to an acquaintance that I am completely against pornography, it tends to trigger a flood of defensive arguments. One of the most common of these is that fact that watching porn doesn’t hurt anyone.

Wrong – and I can’t stress enough just how wrong.  But luckily I just read a really good article by Verily Magazine which shows us exactly how pornography impacts us all: the men who watch it, the women in relationships with the men who watch it, and the relationships of the couples overall.

Let’s start with what the article had to say about men.

It definitely brought up the question of “why?” Men of every status, whether in committed relationships or completely single, all seem to be keen their porn time. Why? It comes down to the fact that men just aren’t fulfilled in their sexual relationships anymore – because their porn intake provides them with a greater hit than they can find in real life, probably due to its unrealistic and dangerously exciting shock value.

How else does pornography impact a man? Well, it’s an addiction.  The term is used a lot so I googled it for better clarity: one definition said that addiction is the “state of being enslaved to a habit or practice…to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Scary much? Let’s break it down: porn becomes an obsession, something that they can’t live without, a compulsion. It changes their lives, and not for the better.

The Verily article also made another great point: when the imitation of a thing becomes more desirable than the thing itself, you know something is not quite right. How unnatural it is for a man to be dependent on computer images for sexual gratification! Porn is exciting rather than satisfying – meaning men are never happy, yet always on the search for the next excitement. And this is what will eventually lead them away from healthy relationships and into strip clubs and brothels.
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