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Making Sense of Modern Pornography – The New Yorker

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While the Internet has made porn ubiquitous, it has also thrown the industry into severe decline.

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  1. A useful article that avoids taking any of the easy stock positions too often associated with any “discussion” of pornography. My personal view is that easy access to millions of standard online porn clips rapidly induces boredom wherein the viewer ends up feeling like a judge at some Olympic event. There are the compulsories (hetero missionary, doggie, reverse cowgirl, oral, anal, double penetration) and then the freestyle (don’t ask…) after which one feels in need of holding up scorecards.

    If anything the plethora of images surely ends up creating a longing for intimate personal connection rather than any desire to reproduce what is essentially gymnastics with the illusion of a pleasant flush at the end. No porn clip can compare to the thrill of watching the expressions flow across the face of one’s lover during sexual intimacy (or indeed any other form of intimacy). No porn story can compare to the emotional dynamic that flows between two people who’ve chosen to open up to each other and explore mutual possibilities.

    Yes, porn may exert a transient influence on the naive and a more permanent influence on the emotionally under-developed, but it’s likely better to have such influences out in the open than lurking in dark corners. And I wish I’d known, at the age of eight, how the mechanics of sex actually worked. Because that would have freed up time to focus on the emotional content, which in the end is pretty much the only thing that makes sexual intimacy sustainable and enjoyable.

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