Is porn an art form and should the negative stigma behind it exist in society?

[ By on December 18, 2014 ]

Often times when it comes to the topic of porn the social stigma behind it is very negative and is too often associated with its affects on males. Although the affect of porn on the brain is associated with males it can also be associated with females as well. In this article it talks about the negative affects of porn on the male brain. Although every click of a new video creates a spike of dopamine in your brain, watching porn not only creates a false idea of what sex is supposed to be like, but it also takes away the personal aspect of sex itself. Even though this affect on the brain affects the males idea of what sex is supposed to be like. It is interesting to note that in the case of females it is the exact opposite. In this article it talks about how in the woman’s brain, in the case of an over watching of pornography when it comes to actual sex it oftentimes becomes desensitizing and not as pleasurable. There are now facts posed from both sides of this dilemma leading to the idea that porn takes away the sensitivity, pleasure, and passion that regular sex is supposed to have. However there are also cases on both sides that explain the sheer pleasure received from watching porn. So the question is now posed, due to these studies do you think that porn should still be allowed in American society and treated as an art form/job and the negative stigma be removed from society itself, or should it be banned all together in an attempt to create a more personal and sensitive sexual relationship and experience?

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3 Comments on “Is porn an art form and should the negative stigma behind it exist in society?”

  1. huntergoodin

    For me there is another issue– its impact on violence toward women and general objectification of women, beyond the issues you raise. It would be interesting to see the role of porn in that and what the literature says!

  2. huntergoodin

    As I see it, your question about stigma is really two questions: 1) should we try to reduce the stigma of watching performers engage in erotic behaviors, and 2) should we try to reduce the stigma of being a consumer (read: financial supporter) of a media form in which abuses of performers are rampant? My answer would be yes to the first, and no to the second. Great topic–thank you for writing on it.

  3. huntergoodin

    Hi Hunter,

    This is a really interesting topic. The initial research you cite is intriguing, and I especially appreciate your emphasis on the negative effects of consuming pornographic material on both men and women. I wonder what the negative effects of porn would have to be to conclude that the consumption of the stuff should be outlawed. If it could be shown that consuming porn leads to significantly higher rates of sexual violence that might do it. But probably not, since I think pornography receives 1st Amendment protection and that’s a high bar to get over. One would have to show without a reasonable doubt that pornography causes direct and significant harm to innocents, but that seems very implausible to me because I assume that human behavior isn’t simply determined by external stimuli. Great topic! Thanks for helping me think about it.

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