Should We Stop Watching Porn?

A recent survey of 500 British 18 year olds has revealed that the majority think of porn as “damaging”, “addictive”, and that it leads to “unrealistic attitudes to sex”… but does that mean we should get rid of porn altogether?

Shaping our lives

Porn is readily accessible to all people, with many young people saying that seeing images or videos of a sexual nature has become part of everyday life for them. More than half of those surveyed felt that growing up “would be easier… if pornography was less easy to access for young people”.
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The reason for this? They feel that having access to, and regularly watching, porn can give people unrealistic expectations of sex and what it is like. It is claimed that too much porn can cause the watchers to see women as purely objects that are there “for sexual gratification”, while also putting immense pressure on men to “look and perform like porn stars”.

Get rid of all porn?

Does that mean we should get rid of all porn? Some are suggesting yes, while others express the need for how we access porn to change. There has also been a heavy emphasis on sex education in schools: “children must be taught about sex in the context of healthy, caring relationships and how to protect and respect themselves and others”, says Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC.

Will better education teach people that what you see in porn is not real life, or should we get rid of porn completely? My sex education classes at school were non-existent, but I’d love to hear what the members of Escort-Ireland’s community and the Belfast escorts think of this.

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Martin Ward

Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.
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