Pornography, or porn, is defined as sexually explicit material that was created for the purpose to arouse i.e. a sexy image, video, audio or words that were made to turn people on.
Most people access pornography as videos online. It’s everywhere, it’s free, and usually, there is nothing stopping anyone from watching it. The law says you have to be 18 to watch pornography, but in reality, a huge percentage of porn users are under the age of 18. It is easily accessible and sometimes unavoidable.
People have different views about the acceptability of pornography in society, especially in relation to the way women are portrayed and the often violent and abusive sex which takes place. Pornography is used by some people as an aid to arousal, however, if watched too much can become relied on for stimulation. This can lead to users becoming desensitized to the images that they find that they need more extreme images to achieve the same level of arousal.
The majority of people watch pornography for sexual pleasure. Usually, people watch pornography when they are masturbating (i.e. touching their genitals), which is a completely normal thing to do. Some people might also like to watch pornography with a sexual partner. It is important to remember however that pornography is usually made by actors and actresses who are being paid to pretend to enjoy whatever type of sex they are having.
It is also important to remember that in real life, very few people look like porn actors or actresses or act the way they do. Pornography is not real life and can lead to unrealistic expectations about sex, put pressure on partners and undermine relationships. For example, the average penis length when erect (or hard) is around 13 centimetres or 5 inches long, but an average porn actor’s penis is much bigger. Also, males usually orgasm and ejaculate much sooner than is shown in pornography, not all women will scream and shout like they often do on screen and condoms are very rarely used. The sex in porn isn’t always consensual either, which is against the law in the real world.
Sex in real life can be much better than pornography, because more often than not you know the person you are having sex with, and you can like, love or trust the person you are experimenting with.