Pornography Can be a Source of Pleasure and a Stimulant to an Unsatisfactory Sex Life
This page discuss what pornography can do in one's sex life. How it can stimulate sexual pleasure in a person.
Pornography is defined as any form of communication intended to cause sexual excitement. If this broad definition is taken literally, banning pornography would also mean banning sex. How can people engage is sexual relations without somehow trying to cause sexual arousal? Historically, in the United States as well as in other societies, the graphic depiction of sexual interaction was an accepted art form and was indeed used to create sexual excitement. From ancient Greek vases to high-relief carvings on Indian temples, portrayals of the sex act have been perfectly acceptable. The ancient Indian love manual Kama Sutra, dating from about A.D. 400, did not have to be hidden by its readers. Today Japanese films are notorious for their depictions of violence, bondage, and rape, often of young girls – yet Japan has one of the lowest rates of rate of any industrialized nation. Even in the United States, the government’s blue ribbon Commission on Obscenity and Pornography reported that it was unable to find evidence of direct harm caused by pornography. Instead the roots of rape tend to be in aggression, violence, power, and control, rather than in the sex itself.
In some ways, sexually explicit material can be of help both society and to individuals. For example, poor thought it may be, such material can serve an educational purpose by teaching people who have had no sex education something about the sexes and sex.
Erotica can trigger the imagination and thus help people deal with forbidden or frightening areas in a controlled way. It gives people the opportunity to imaginatively rehearse acts that they hope to try or are curious about. It can provide pleasurable entertainment, separate and apart from its sexual turn-on effect. But its most important use may be to stimulate a more active sex life between partners who have experienced some loss of interest. Exposure to sexually explicit material also leads to more open communication about sex. “What do you think about that?” “I’d like to try that.” “That’s for me.” Many sex therapists recommend explicit sexual material to clients who experience loss of interest in their sexual relationship, as a means of stimulating their sexual interest in each other.
Although in the past men have been thought to respond more frequently and strongly to erotica, the advent of the VCR and the availability of sexually explicit videos have increased women’s participation in the use of erotic materials. Although very few women attend erotic movies shown in public theaters, about half of the erotic videos are now checked out by women.
Perhaps one might conclude that evil is in the eye of the beholder. What one person considers an artwork or a reasonable adjunct to his or her sex life, another person may find unacceptable. The U.S. Supreme Court seems to agree. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Communications Decency Act 1996, which attempted to ban sexually explicit speech on the Internet. Thus far, the Court has refused to uphold attempts to censor pornographic materials on the Internet. However, many groups are protesting the Internet availability of hardcore pornography to children. In the future there may be controls developed that block availability of such material to children.