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27 July 2014

The Controversial Topic Series: Porn

Today's post is the start of my new monthly posts 'The Controversial Topic Series', I decided to create it as I've just found bloggers don't really use their blogs to discuss meaty subjects, instead we all focus on clothes and beauty and films and books. But really, who's in a better position to write about these things than a member of your own generation? I know full well how risky this is, writing about things people tread carefully around, but I thought it was time to unleash my own mind, hoping and praying you all have the sense to understand these are all my own views and opinions. How boring would the world be if we all thought the same thing? Always feel free to write your own opinion and views in the comments, but if I see any which are offensive to others, I will be deleting them. So here we go. Wish me luck.


How many of you read the title of this post and sniggered a little bit? Of all the controversies out there, pornography is probably not one of those subjects which comes to mind straight away... but being one of the most searched for word on the internet and having viral videos such as '2 Girls 1 Cup', porn is one of the most current topics of today. Most of my readers are 16 or older and I'm not naive in knowing, boy or girl, man or woman, you've probably come across some kind of adult video in your life. Whether it's from viral videos as mentioned, a celebrity sex tape or simply on your own accord, most of us have seen at least a snippet of a porn film. And why wouldn't we? With over 2 billion searches daily, it is the Internets biggest money maker and it is completely readily available as and when you want it.

The internet has created some incredible things, I am a fully fledged, self confessed internet human, but with the ability to online shop and Facebook stalk your ex's new girlfriend, also comes the availability of porn online. At the click of the button, simply by typing in the wrong word or misspelling something (horn? corn?) you can find millions and millions of results. And this is where the problem is beginning. Where once an adolescent boy might hide a playboy mag under his bed, now, with the use of ipads and android phones and laptops, you can google whatever you want to.



What I find most disturbing is the variety of videos available on sites like Pornhub. I'm a 19 year old girl, by no means a prude, but the fact there's the option to view 'teens' (I shudder to think about the kind of people who view those videos and what they are actually searching for) and 'gang bangs', concerns me. If you search deeper into the dark side of the internet there are ways to view beastiality, objectum sexuality, things I've never ever heard of but hey, because I have Google at my finger tips I now know a whole lot about both topics I definitely didn't want or need. If you dig deep enough, there's no doubt you'll come across underage pornography too. Once upon a time, if someone had a sexual inclination towards something a bit 'out of the ordinary' there would be no way to access it, unless they were to go out and actively do it themselves. Now though, with so much accessible, not only are people able to view whatever they like, they can also stimulate the inclination. Something which may have crossed a mind but then would've hopefully been pushed aside, can now be fueled any time someone sits down to a computer. In fact, it can be fueled anytime, anywhere. And what is that doing to the younger adolescents who, aged 13 or 14 go onto these sites and find videos of sexual violence, of men and women putting things into place and doing things to each other which, despite the noise coming from them, clearly can't be enjoyable. As you get older, 99% of people realise sex is nothing like porn, it's often awkward, most people's legs definitely don't bend like playdough and very few people have the ability or want to go at it for that long. But when you're younger, and impressionable, there are always going to be the 2 or 3 percent of people who will find it hard to differentiate fantasy from reality. Which, of course, creates problems for future sexual relations.

I love the internet, I think it's incredible and the way technology is moving absolutely blows my mind. But it's so easy to forget the negative sides. Sex has gone from intercourse between two people, to a lone person sat in the dark with a wifi connection and their right hand. I'm not saying ban porn, and I know the amount of money it makes (over £6000 per second) will mean no government would ever ban it anyway. But maybe people should start to be a bit aware of where else there is to go from here. The more diverse videos there are, the more people expect and want from the porn industry, and with non-consent and sexual aggression the most watched videos out there... where else is there to go from here?

Hopefully this has given your Sunday some food for thought. 
Wednesday will be back to normal for another month, Disney, ice cream and Leonardo Di Caprio here I come!
Ciao for now!
 x

*I will be writing about women's exploitation in the porn industry during my feminism post, but if I'd written about it in this one, we would have been here all day*

6 comments:

  1. i agree with this so much. there're some really good documentaries out there about it! porn can do some horrible things to women, but then again self objectification and sexual entrepreneurship can be seen as liberating and empowering, they know how to make their money.

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  2. I'd agree with you and Dean up there, it's quite scary tbh and often watching porn isn't something that teens would confess to which can make it really hard to target problems that may arise from it when you can hardly notice when a teen indulges in it. I really like the idea of this series and I look forward to more of your posts!

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  3. I am really looking forward to these monthly blog posts. Recently I have been looking for blogs discussing issues because I thought that a lot of us don't discuss our opinions, so its great to see a life lifestyle blogger branching out!

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  4. I think your decision to start this series has been great. Not a lot of us have the courage to put our opinion out there, despite having pretty strong and sensible ones for the most part. I genuinely believe that our generation has the capacity and ability to really bring about social change and awareness if we put our minds to it. I think tolerance and acceptance levels have never been higher and here's to hoping we see a better world. Before the climate change apocalypse destroys us all.

    Peace and love,
    Minna xx

    www.minnabansal.blogspot.in

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