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The Science Of Porn Addiction

This video explains how watching pornography can stimulate the release of dopamine, the chemical most closely associated with addictions and habit forming behaviour. There is some controversy over weather addiction is the proper term when not referring to a substance addiction but the video makes a pretty strong argument that the physiological effects of porn addiction are similar to that of any other addiction.

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Iceland May Ban Porn

The Icelandic government is trying to pass a law that will ban online pornography in the country. They are trying to specifically target porn that is “violent” and “hateful.” This isn’t a particularly surprising move from the country that has already outlawed strip clubs and is ranked number 1 in the Global Gender Gap report, meaning that they have the highest rate of gender equality of any nation in the world. They also have the first openly lesbian head of state in the world, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. But banning internet pornography is creating a heated debate about censorship and the slippery slope that banning porn could lead to, not to mention the fact that, logistically, it may be an impossible achievement.

“Web filters, blocked addresses and making it a crime to use Icelandic credit cards to access pay-per-view pornography, are among the plans being devised by internet and legal experts,” writes The Guardian. The only reason why this is even a conversation being had is that Iceland has a population of only 322,000 people. In a country with a bigger population it would be logistically impossible and Iceland may be the same. The debate about censorship that this has sparked has made the likelihood of this actually happening quite low but it also raises an interesting debate about pornography.

In Iceland, the average boy is 11 when he is first exposed to internet porn and the kind of porn he’s seeing isn’t your airbrushed Playboy centerfold either. The kinds of porn available to people of all ages these days is more graphic, sometimes more violent and as men become desensitized to hard core porn they may ‘graduate’ to more and more extreme types of porn to fulfill their erotic tastes. There have been studies on both sides of the debate about wether porn is negatively affecting society but those studies are getting harder and harder to conduct as it becomes nearly impossible to find large enough groups of men who haven’t watched porn.

I don’t believe in censorship but I’m glad that Iceland has opened up the debate around pornography, violence, and what we should deem to be acceptable. I hope that, if nothing else, this news from Iceland will get us to think more critically about what we’re watching, how it portrays violence against women, and wether or not it is helping, hurting, or remaining neutral in terms of gender equality.

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Straight Men Who Watch Porn Are More Likely To Support Gay Marriage

It’s official, porn is the Devil! How else could you explain the results of this latest study? The study states that heterosexual men who watch pornography are more likely to support same-sex marriage. And it’s not just rich, educated, elite porn watchers either. It appears that the most marked shift in attitudes can be found in less educated straight men. So what is it about watching porn that these researchers think is affecting the attitudes of straight guys?

The study believes that exposure to “nontraditional sex situations,” as seen in porn is opening the minds of straight men across America. Basically, watching all the weird and kinky shit that is available on the internet has desensitized straight guys icky-meter. It’s hard to be grossed out by the thought of two men kissing and getting married in a post two-girls-one-cup world (mom, go ahead and don’t google that).

“Pornography adopts an individualistic, nonjudgmental stance on all kinds of nontraditional sexual behaviors and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex,” says Paul Wright, Assistant Professor at Indiana University, “If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex.” I feel like this really highlights why people are opposed to same-sex marriage. People don’t like it because they think it’s gross, which is, in and of itself, gross. It has very little to do with Jesus. When people refer to gay sex as an abomination, what they’re really saying is, “You guys put what, where?! Gross!”

In conclusion, watching porn is a good way to get over your prudish attitudes about what people should and shouldn’t do in the privacy of their own bedroom/Volkswagen. Porn can teach you that people do a lot of weird shit that is none of your business and that, well, it’s none of  your business. So all you anti-same-sex marriage bigots can go home and watch some porn and we’ll talk once you’ve come out of the closet, everyone else, enjoy your weekend.

 

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Porn Study Gets Scrapped Due To Lack Of Men Who Have Never Watched Porn

Every good study needs a control group. The control is the group that is essentially left alone to make sure that some outside variable isn’t causing the results of the study. So this Montreal University study wanted to see how porn affected the behaviour of men in their 20s. In order to do this they wanted to compare their behaviour to that of men who had never watched porn. The group that had never watched porn would be the control group for the study. It transpires, however, that they couldn’t find even one man in his 20s who hadn’t watched porn. Not one. They had to scrap the entire study because their control group didn’t exist.

Apparently in North America these days almost all men have, at one point or another, watched porn. Though they couldn’t go through with their study, the researchers did make a couple of findings about male porn viewing habits. Men, on average, first watch porn by age 10. Single men watch an average of 40 minutes of porn three times a week while men in relationships watched an average of 20 minutes twice a week.

 

 

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1.2 Million Years Of Porn Has Been Watched…On 2 Sites Alone!

Do you like to watch porn? Like, a lot of porn? Because it turns out that people who watch porn watch a whole lot of it. Or, more likely, there is a very large group of porn watchers watching a moderate amount of it (what is a moderate amount of porn I wonder?). I digress.

Since their respective founding in 2006 and 2007, YouPorn and xHamster (google them, I’m not going to hyperlink them) have streamed to their viewers over 1.2 million years of pornographic content according to a recent report. That’s almost exactly as many years as humans have been around. Seriously, the oldest recorded human fossil is around 1.2 million years old. That’s so much porn.

I wonder if, like other things technological, this amount will increase exponentially? Like, if it took 6 years to reach 1.2 million will we hit 2.4 million years of porn in just 3 more years? Hell, if you count ALL THE OTHER porn sites on the internet, we’ve probably already surpassed 2.4 million.

Legend has it that every new technology is first used for something related to sex or pornography. That seems to be the way of humankind. – Sir Tim Berners-Lee

I guess this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, and to be honest, it really doesn’t. Click here for a list of ethical porn recommendations.

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Porn Stars Aren’t ‘Damaged Goods’ Ctd.

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This story has been getting a lot of press in the past couple of days, those of you who are regular visitors to The “Oh!” Face know of my great love of infographics. Previous post can be found here.

My amazing brother got married yesterday and there has been a lot of family stuff going on so I apologize for the lack of new content this weekend. But fear not true believers, I have three days off work starting tomorrow so there!

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Porn Stars Are Not ‘Damaged Goods’ According To Study

A new study of mainstream porn actresses in California tried to see if there was any validity in the commonly held belief that women who enter porn have been sexually abused in childhood, suffer from low self esteem, psychological disorders and drug addiction. They surveyed 177 porn actresses and compared them to a sample of women matched in statistics such as age, marital status and ethnicity.

There were some notable differences, such as, the porn actresses being more likely to identify as bisexual. They were also more likely to have first had sex at an earlier age and also more likely to have used one or more of a list of 10 different drugs.

But more importantly the porn actresses actually had higher levels of self esteem, social support and positive feelings than women from the other sample and there were no difference in likelihood of childhood sexual abuse.

Long story short, the Damaged Goods Hypothesis is invalid. Porn stars are not drug addicted victims of abuse and low self esteem. If anything they seem to be sexually expressed people who seem be quite happy with their lives. Take that haters.

 

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Reader Poll: Would Your Porn Watching Habits Change If All Male Porn Actors Had To Wear Condoms?

In this year’s American federal election a referendum will be held in LA in which voters will decide wether or not male porn actors should be legally required to wear condoms during all porn shoots. This little bit of legislature is being referred to as Measure B.

There are arguments to be made on both sides but in the end the voters will decide wether or not you will be watching porn with a new little (or not so little) addition. The porn studios and actors are up in arms about this because they believe that wearing condoms will in some way take away from the experience of their audience. Medical and legal professionals are clearly pro-condom because of the perceived and real medical hazards that all that unprotected porn sex bring about.

The porn industry is making a big push to convince voters not to vote in favor of Measure B but the real vote will occur in the months and years after the election should the measure go through. Should male porn actors be required to wear condoms, would people stop watching porn? Would the watch porn produced in places where condoms are not mandatory? Would they even care? I mean condoms have been a mainstay in gay porn for years with no reduction in viewership that can be attributed to them. So dearest readers I ask you to weigh in.

Would you change your porn watching habits if all of a sudden all the men in the porn you watched were wearing rubbers?

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Vince Vaughn Taught Me How To Masturbate

One evening when I was about 7 or 8 years old my mom took me to the big gymnasium of my elementary school to see a local children’s sex educator named Meg Hickling speak. For the record this makes my mom a pretty awesome parent. Hickling talked to us about what we could expect in the coming years as far as puberty was concerned but the thing she focused on that really stood out for me was masturbation. She was very adamant that masturbation was ok. It was normal to touch yourself and it was by no means a bad thing to do. I don’t think that she explicitly said masturbation was a good thing to do but the message was clear, touching yourself was not a sin.

She also mentioned wet dreams as though every boy should be having them all the time which freaked me out because I don’t think I had my first wet dream until I was 20. But this is besides the point. The point I want to make is that I grew up in a pretty liberal part of the world in which children were encouraged to explore themselves as sexual beings. Children were acknowledged as being driven by sexual urges and were educated sexually with that fact in mind. That being said, no one ever told me how to masturbate.

Masturbation was always described to me as “touching yourself.” This description always confused me. I knew that “yourself,” meant “your genitals,” but I didn’t understand why such a big deal was made about touching your privates. “Sure, I touch my dick, big whoop!” I would think, while pushing and flopping my penis around with my hand. It doesn’t even feel that good. Why is this totally mundane act of touching my penis something that I need a stranger to tell me is ok? I know it’s ok, I have to do it every time I pee standing up. If it weren’t ok we’d have a really messy bathroom all the time.

It wasn’t until I was 12 years old at a birthday sleepover party of one of my friends that I learned how to masturbate. It’s not what you’re thinking at all. At these kinds of sleepovers, horror movies were a staple. The scary movie that was lined up for this particular night was the remake of Psycho in which Vince Vaughn portrayed the antagonist. There was a scene in which Vaughn peeps through a hole behind a picture into Anne Heche’s room to watch her undress. The camera pans down to his arm, stopping before it reaches his hand but it becomes immediately clear that he is holding onto his penis with it. His arm is pumping back and forth vigorously and I have, at that pivotal time, a moment of clarity. Through watching Vince Vaughn simulate masturbation in a shitty remake of a B Movie I learned the mechanics of masturbation. I have been bringing myself to orgasm manually ever since on an almost daily basis. And that’s ok, Meg Hickling told me so.

But why, if masturbation is so ok, why didn’t Ms. Hickling explain to us young girls and boys how to actually do it? Why all the “touching yourself” euphemisms? If it’s such an ok thing to do, why wouldn’t they tell us what, exactly, it was that was ok? I spent four years of my life being aware that something was ok but being completely in the dark as to what that something was. And do you want to know what that something was? A free ticket to orgasmville damnit. I didn’t make myself orgasm until I was 12 years old. I’ve made up for it since but I don’t think that others should have to suffer my fate. I believe that if children are going to be told that masturbation is ok, we could at least do them the service of telling them, I mean really telling them, what masturbation is. Otherwise we continue to leave it up to Hollywood and pornography to do the real hands-on work of sex education and let’s remember that both of those industries make their money from entertaining not educating.

I believe that good sex education should leave kids with more questions about sex not fewer, but how can they begin to ask the really important questions if we haven’t even given them the basics.

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Why Do Straight Men Love Gangbang Porn?

Other videos with Chris Ryan that we’ve posted can be found here.

Also check out his new podcast Tangentially Speaking.

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