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How Porn is Destroying Sex

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  • How Porn is Destroying Sex

    Is the fantasy destroying the reality?

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    Will pornography help your sex life? Let's plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Last night, I was watching the TimCast IRL show and there was talk about pornography. The claim was made that in Japan, families are now hiring strippers and prostitutes for their sons because their sons are so addicted to pornography that that's all they do. Folks. I try to verify everything, but after a brief web search, I decided to just grant this one and say even if not true, the situation does make sense.

    Fortunately, all I saw in my search was links, but it was clear when all I saw about was hiring sex workers, I figured it was best to move on. I have enough information on this here in America. After all, when listening to talk radio often in the Atlanta area, I would regularly hear commercials for ED medication. There are men in their 20's taking this kind of medication.

    I blame it on pornography.

    There have been attempts to do studies of men who watch porn regularly compared to those who do not. The problem is they have only been attempts. In our society, there haven't been enough men found in the latter category to make a significant contribution to the study.

    When I worked at a retail job before I came to New Orleans, I remember the word got out that I don't watch porn and the women who I worked with were stunned. This included teenage girls naturally who were likely working their first job. A man who doesn't watch porn?

    The problem with pornography is that it takes subjects that are beautiful, sex and the human form, especially the female form, and cheapens them. It makes them common. These are both things that should in the most intimate sense remain private, but it makes them public.

    I am mainly going to be speaking about men here, seeing as I am a man. I am not ignoring that this is becoming more and more of a female problem as well. Women also have their own version of porn that they deal with. (Think romance novels) Men are presented with a physical fantasy. Women often get an emotional fantasy.

    For men, the problem becomes that we get so hooked onto the fake that we want more and more of it and can't accept reality anymore. Reality loses its appeal for us. This is why real women can't compete with porn. It's not that real women aren't beautiful. They certainly are! It's that you can make fantasy be whatever you want.

    In movies and TV shows, the hero is always a perfect shot, everyone knows just the right thing to say, and love flows naturally and smoothly. In real life, bad guys can get away because heroes can be bad shots, people say hideously wrong things, and love can have constant blunders, and even sex can have embarrassing moments and sometimes, it's not the case that both the man and the woman are jumping to go at each other.

    We also all tend to go down the path of least resistance. If a man thinks that he cannot coax the lover in his life, be it a wife or girlfriend, into a night of passion, well go and turn on the computer or pick up the phone for a little bit. I've thought lately of an analogy of this with the gaming world.

    When I was growing up, if you made it to the final boss, for the most part, you had to work to get there. You had to take all the steps right and it required skill. Now, you have save states where you can stop at any time and pick up where you left out. In some ways, this is good for those of us who don't have time like we used to, but it also makes us not take the game as seriously and play as well. I lost? No biggie. I'll just start from that same spot again.

    Over time, we're not nearly as good at this and I find I don't play nearly as well as I used to. The same happens in our relationships. If we can take the easy way, we won't work so much on what is the harder way. That way is the way of discipline. It is learning how to love your wife better and then learning how to control yourself when things don't work out. I am not at all saying men should love their wives just to get sex, but in a healthy relationship, that should be happening regularly and men should be putting in the effort to love their wives so both people can be satisfied spouses.

    Along the same lines, this is also why social media can easily lead to divorces. I talked to a friend after mine who said he did some research into court cases with divorces and noticed that Facebook showed up a large number of times. When you live with someone, you see in person all their faults and failures and those habits you wished weren't there. When you talk to someone on a computer, you only see their best. You can turn them into whatever you want and again, reality cannot compete with fantasy.

    Fairy tales often end with happily ever after as if the wedding of the couple is the end of the story when it's the beginning. When Cinderella woke up the next morning, Prince Charming had bad breath. When he woke up in the morning, Cinderella was having a bad hair day.

    If we take the easy way of porn, we damage ourselves and our relationships and ultimately, our country and world. Pornography is really a tool to destroy the family unit and if the family falls, so does a nation. If you are a married man, pornography is essentially cheating on your spouse. There's a reason a woman feels betrayed when she catches her husband hiding a porn habit. She feels like she is not good enough or beautiful enough for him, and why shouldn't she? She wants to be your one and only when you've shown she's your one of many.

    Here's an idea to consider men. Getting rid of pornography will actually enhance your sex life. It will make it so that every time you see her body, it will be because she trusted you and you earned that honor. It will make it all the more special. You also won't have to think about all these other scenes you have seen in your head. It's just you and her.

    I have said reality cannot compete with fantasy. There is one distinction.

    Reality is real.

    It is really happening. This is a real woman showing you her body and trusting you in the most intimate way possible. This is a real woman who can really love you and really have your children with you.

    The woman on the screen? She doesn't really care about you. She doesn't even know you. She is doing this for just any other guy out there too. (Yes. That OnlyFans girl doesn't care about you.) That real woman does. She really wants you. She really wants to have a future with you.

    Also ladies, please cut your men some slack. He's not going to do everything men in romance novels do. We men try, but honestly a lot of times we just don't get it. We bumble and make mistakes and if a man tries to do something, don't tell him what he did wrong. Appreciate what he did. (Believe it or not, a lot of guys won't bother to try to load the dishwasher again if when they try, their wife comes over and "corrects" everything and shows them what they did wrong.)

    So guys, if you are watching pornography, please get help. Try organizations like ProvenMen or Covenant Eyes. Go find a local Celebrate Recovery.

    Since these are Christian ministries, it's important to remember also that if you are watching pornography, you're not just hurting yourself and your wife, you're dishonoring God. You're treating women he made as objects when you could be investing in a real-life woman who loves you or seeking out such a woman.

    Be a real man. Get rid of porn. Go for a real woman instead.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters
    (And I affirm the virgin birth)
    Will pornography help your sex life? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. Last night, I was watching the TimCast IRL show and there was talk about pornography. The claim was made that in Japan, families are now hiring strippers and prostitutes for their sons because their sons are so addicted to pornography … Continue reading How Porn Is Destroying Sex

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