Porn is Harmless

Porn is Harmless. At least that’s what the latest statement from On Digital Media (ODM) in support of TopTV’s proposed porn bouquet would have you believe. I am inclined to agree with them.

The statement continued with the self-proclaimed martyrs highlighting the efforts they had made on behalf of the masses-

“TopTV does not apologise for giving those who do wish to view adult content on television access to such content”. – essentially making TopTV the Robin Hood of the television industry… Stealing from prudish and giving to the horny.

I spent a large portion of my adolescent years watching porn and this does not make me a sexual deviant in the slightest. Even if you had to try something that you had seen in a porno with a real life girl who did not agree with having your bodily fluids spilt on her she would probably punch you in the nuts. Generally being punched in the nuts is quite enough to stop you from trying it again- reducing the chance of sex crimes to fairly close to none.

If I was to be critical, it is apparent that porn has had an influence on how society views sex rather than causing sexual violence as many anti-porn lobbyists would have you believe. If it wasn’t for porn and the influence that it has, I really cant imagine that any girl/guy would at all be interested in having love juice splashed across them after a good shag.

In September 2011 TopTV signed a carriage agreement with Playboy TV UK/Benelux to broadcast three channels – Adult XXX, Private Spice and Playboy Europe – as a stand-alone package and a separate subscription of R199, saying “stagnating to past statements will not serve the changed needs from our clients or assist our growth”. I do think it is important to clarify what kind of porn will become as part of this subscription as this is quite possibly the real issue that needs to be raised.

In South Africa, there is no standard for mature and healthy sexual relationships. I don’t know of many girls that can ask their mom’s about the best way to give a bj or whether even engaging in oral sex is ok. So if they’re showing GangBang Heroes 45- Sloppy Seconds on rotation, chances are these girls are going to learn what is acceptable or safe  from cringe worthy hardcore offerings. Without a standard for what is healthy and what isn’t, there is room for porn (whether in print, online or TV) to affect behaviour in the sexually active, even if ever so slightly. If the selection of porn on offer was to contain the more educational “lady friendly” porn this would be step in the right direction and far more than any digital offering has ever done.

Paying R199 per month for porn that you never watch for longer than 5 minutes anyways is a decision that any self respecting adult should be allowed to make. Faith groups are always going to get all touchy- they do even complain about songs with “suggestive lyrics” on the radio. If they could they would also “boycott the internet” because Google gave them porn in their search results or not drink milk because it was squeezed from a cow’s udder in a way that made them feel awkward when they watched.

Everyone should realize that porn does affect society, but not in the way that it causes sexual violence. A girl who in the middle of sex tried to insert a shaking purple vibrator into my anus “because she saw it on TopTV” would be the worst of it – nothing more sinister. Chat to your kids people, give them the guidelines for healthy sexual relations and regardless of what they are exposed to over the course of their life, they’ll know the difference between right and wrong.

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