[“Smile” by Olive]
Awhile ago, I made a post in a thread at DearCupid.org called “Why do married men look at porn?” I defended why men look at porn, but as I was making my points across to a woman who was aggressively against porn of all forms, whom also made very judgmental criticisms of me as a person, I also pondered on the legitimacy of my defenses. Then recently, I posted up another comment that supports a pro-relationship building ideal rather than just defend a man/woman who likes to watch porn during a relationship:
Original link HERE
Actually, I gave it some further thought over the last few weeks. I’ll comment about this subject in an objective PoV…
It makes sense that a guy shouldn’t ‘need’ to look at porn if he is with someone. That someone should complete him, or at the very least, compliment him and vice versa. Unfortunately, many relationships on this planet aren’t ‘perfect’. That’s what makes us all human – with these swirling emotions of passion, desire, yearning, temptations, and such.
Aside from the points that Ms. Anti-Porn made about the degradation of women in porn, I think being single and watching porn is fine. I still support tasteful porn – eg: Playboy, Hustler, 88 Square, etc. Being in an intimate relationship – if both partners accept it and benefit from it one way or another on a mutual basis, then that is whatever they accept as partners. That’s good too.
However, if a man or a woman is already in a relationship, then possibly, for whatever reason, maybe it’s not too considerate for a guy to look at porn in the first place, even if she accepts it. Unless of course, there is some form of further encouragement, as I know some females and males do that.
In principle, I think it *can* be wrong for a guy to look at porn while in a deeper relationship, but I wouldn’t say it’s absolutely right to say a guy cheats because he looks at porn. I think this still depends on how he uses that porn. Just as an alcoholic would use booze to fill up his life, a porn addict would look at porn to fill up his. I think rather for him or her to drink his/her life away or abuse his/her partner’s emotions (depending) continuously, maybe s/he should work on trying improve on the relationship instead. If not, break-up. S/he can either find someone better, or maybe that may teach you to be a better lover if given the chance to be better in the future.
I understand why men and women look at porn during a relationship, but I guess it’s inexcusable to do so. As with most of my suggestions for other topics, I advise you all to keep an open communication with your loved ones. If you feel your love is waivering, maybe you need to sit down – just the two of you and talk things through. Maybe even brainstorm some ideas to make the relationship work. If things are difficult, you can always go to friends and family, and even here at DearCupid.org.
If things really don’t work out, it’s time to save each other further heart-breaks and just call it all off. If you have children to think about, maybe you should all stop whatever family-destroying issues and work on the good of the family. Our children mainly follow by example. Give them something look up to, rather than sit on your asses and play video games, jerk off to porn, and eat snacks and drink booze in front of the small screen. If you’re a dad or a mom, take your children outside, show them what life and the world is about. Show them the choices they may face and have.
However, because we are all human with emotions of lust and desires, temptations that drive us to want and go for things, we will all still continue to have tidbits of needs that our partners may not be able to give us. We all get old, wrinkly, and our physiques will drop. Some people will argue that we choose to fall in love with the people who we are with, and that is true to a degree, but that doesn’t mean our sexual urges will always stay the same over time. Some people can argue that sex and love is the same thing, but I beg to differ. Sex and love work hand in hand, for sure, it is an awesome connection and communication medium between two lovers, but sex can exist on its own, and love to some people, can exist by itself as well.
A man or a woman who looks at porn during a relationship can still love his/her partner greatly. It just means that there are things missing in that relationship that the man or the woman can find elsewhere. However, I do agree that there can be an addiction to porn, just as an addiction to alcohol.
To those relationships that are mutual beneficial in observing porn, I suggest to remember that everything should be taken in moderation for a healthy lifestyle to continue. If you think about long term, maybe you can ask your gf or your bf to make porn with you – make lots of it, then when you all get older, you can watch them either by yourself or together. Watching together may bring up certain emotions again and give your sex life a boost. Watching by yourself, you will never have to feel guilty while you jerk off or finger yourself watching your partner on the screen or in print.
The thing is, so long as we’re all human, we will still continue to look at others. Magazines of models, posters at the movie theatre, billboards selling tampons or tanning solutions, video games depicting scantily clad males and females, pedestrians on the street of all ages and sizes – so long as these things exist in our lives, we will continue to be tempted by external factors, urged by our internal core desires.
We are all animals – raw animals that so happens to be born into a governed society of thoughts and different intertwining moral standards.