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Ok, I am A Dom. I do induldge in porn from time to time. This is my outlook on it.

My definition of pornography is inclusive of anything that depicts sexual acts in what is considered an obscene fashion by societal standards. That being said, I do not believe tasteful art, such as nudes, or couples embracing or engaged in what is very obviously a sexual act is considered pornographic, but rather, simply art. Admittedly, the line between the two can be vague and thin, often left open to personal opinion, interpretation, and tastes. For example, a photo taken while a couple is engaged in sexual intercourse where the focus of the photo is clearly the genitals would be labeled, in my opinion, as pornographic. However, a photo taken of the same couple, still engaged in sexual intercourse, that captures the entire scene without the genitals as the main focus, could very well be labeled as art.

The internet has enabled more access to a more broad range of pornography. People today are able to find photos and videos online that cater to, quite possibly, every fetish and kink currently known. Ease of access, along with the ability to peruse favorite sites anonymously from the privacy and comfort of home has removed much of the embarrassment and feelings of social judgment and stigmatism that could be felt if one were forced to visit places such as adult bookstores in order to view the same material. We are no longer forced to grab the Playboy Magazine off the magazine rack in the convenience store, quickly hiding it under the newspaper we also grabbed at the same time, praying nobody else in the store saw our slick move, only to wait at the end of the line hoping no other customers get in line behind us until our order is bagged and paid for. Instead, we can simply log onto the internet, and secretly peruse similar photos and read similar erotica in complete privacy. The ability to access such a broad range of pornography may allow engagement in fantasies that are impossible in real life. While this can be a good experience for couples, and may also be a good way of opening lines of communication within a relationship to try new and exciting things, overindulgence can lead to addiction.

According to Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, who testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee concerning the effects of the internet on pornography addiction, “pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever.” She goes on to describe how difficult it would be for cocaine addicts to recover if their drug of choice was delivered directly to their home, free of charge. Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and advisor to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality who testified at the same hearing as Layden, added “Pornography really does, unlike other addictions, biologically cause direct release of the most perfect addictive substance. That is, it causes masturbation, which causes release of the naturally occurring opioids. It does what heroin can’t do, in effect.”

These comparisons were a bit shocking to me at first, but once running it through my head a few times, I have come to understand the connection, and why addiction to pornography and the role the internet plays is so important. Like the drug addict requires more drugs to feel the same high they did when first beginning their abuse, the pornography addict needs to view more risky pornography as time elapses. According to my research, this leads the abuser to viewing such things as bestiality, child pornography, rape scenes, etc. Eventually, it is believed by some that just viewing the material will no longer satisfy the addiction, and the addict will begin making the fantasies he has observed through pornography a reality through risky sexual encounters or by violating non consenting adults, children, and even animals. I am able to understand this by making the comparison to sadomasochism, where the masochist’s pain tolerance level builds. In order to achieve release of the same endorphin, serotonin, adrenaline, dopamine, and other ‘happy, feel good’ chemicals in the brain to get to ‘subspace’, more pain is required. That could be compared to what is said about the risk of the pornography addict becoming a threat to the general public’s safety; that is, simply viewing the material on the internet is no longer satisfactory enough to achieve the desired response in the brain, which would then lead to masturbation, then orgasm. Instead, the addict would need to ‘up the ante’ to achieve the ultimate goal of orgasm.

This research has led me to wonder to what extent the internet and media has impacted sexual crimes today. Before we had these avenues of access, acts of pedophilia, sexual assault, and other crimes sexual in nature were rarely heard of. While we know they did occur to some extent, it was certainly not comparable to the number of cases we hear about today. Is this because there was a lack of communication and possibly a lack of police work or reporting about these crimes, or is it due to the fact that we are so bombarded with sex and pornography today, that we have created an avenue for the rapists and child molesters to feed until they have no other choice but to act on their impulses and desires to feel fulfilled? Sadly, we may not ever have the answer to these questions, as it is unlikely an experiment of this magnitude could be performed.

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3 comments on “Ok, I am A Dom. I do induldge in porn from time to time. This is my outlook on it.

  1. While it’s true that a study of such magnitude could not be carried out, there’s lots of research on the topic of how porn consumption could lead to devious sexual acts. I’m not an expert of the subject, so I don’t know what the going research says.

    However, I wanted to point out something. Even though you don’t mention banning or limiting porn due to potential behaviors of consumers, when people *do* make that argument, it’s a slippery slope, and we ought not (from my perspective) ban these things just because they can or do lead to certain behavior. It’s enough to make certain behviors (such as rape) illegal, no matter how the person became a rapist.

    • A rapist or pedophile who uses porn as his defense should not be allowed but then again look at the lawyers.
      The problem is we are a close minded society everybody knows what is best for you. now the government wants to step in and protect us from the evil porn strip clubs. which from time to time I par take.
      Here is the problem jen. we look at Europe for instance. pornography is readily available prostitution is legal. while I was stationed in Germany hustler magazines were posted in store fronts. Prostitutes were set up in buildings like motel 6’s you just walk in and take your pick.
      Yes the government makes money.

      What I am getting at there rape numbers are not even a quarter of ours. Why? everything is at your finger tips but most of all the laws that are in place are enforced to the T. life means just that life.

      So now we have not only the government trying to look out for us. we now have tree hugger from all forms of life. wow they know what is best for me.

      Several years ago I went to a titty bar in Atlanta called the cheetah 3 what a club a group of people standing outside telling me I didn’t really want to go in let go of satan. Satan had nothing to do with it I can assure you but they knew what was best for me.

      We are like herded cattle we want to be taking care of. if one of our civil rights are taken away we complain but no one really wants to do anything.

      There is no defense for a rapist or pedophile

  2. I do not think that a rapist or pedophile should be able to use porn as a defense in court.

    I agree we are a closed-minded society.

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