Pornography And Sexual Fantasies Essay

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How do people satisfy curiosities? It used to be that people satisfied curiosities by asking other individuals about the topic, or even looking up the answer in a book. In today’s world, any curiosity can be entertained by performing a web search of the curiosity one has. This form of discovering something new is easy and fast. This method of accessing information sounds great, but what happens when an adolescent has a sexual curiosity? He or she will most likely type something sexually related into a search engine and very quickly encounter explicit content, which does more than just satisfy the individual’s sexual curiosity. This will arouse further interest in the content, and want to explore the uncensored world of pornography. This cascade effect results in exposure to forms of pornography, generally defined as anything that depicts sex, which are anything but related to real sex. Therefore, viewing pornography before having sex for the first time results in dissatisfaction with the sexual encounter, due to the fact that the individual was able to judge and compare the experience to previously viewed pornography, while someone who has never watched pornography is less likely to view his or her first sexual experience negatively, because there is no preconceived notion of what sex should be like.

Individuals who watch pornography over an extended period of time tend to distort the meaning of sex, as well as the anatomical realities of it. Pornography is a staged sex, and from watching these explicit videos, viewers subconsciously create sexual fantasies similar to, or mimicking the video that had been watched. In addition to this, these individuals are falsely led to believe that sex in pornography is exactly like sex in real life. Sex research reporter Michael Castleman for Psychology Today also brings forth the idea that pornography leads to misconceptions about real sex. Some of these misconceptions about real sex created from viewing pornography include: “Every man has a large penis, male erections never go limp, women only want to be penetrated without affection, and everyone is always eager for sex” (2, Castleman). In my opinion, any male or female with these ideas like these will surely be disappointed with his or her first sexual experience because the ideas listed above are all erotic fantasies. From this, it can be determined that someone with no previous exposure to pornography is more likely to be pleased with his or her first sexual experience because he or she will not expect anything unrealistic. The individual will assess the sexual encounter as it truly is, rather than what it could be in comparison to something else. In other words, the experience will be exposure to something new, which can not be compared to previously viewed pornography.

How else does pornography affect its’ viewers? While a male watches porn, he will masturbate simultaneously. As masturbation to pornography becomes more frequent, the individual will...

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