August 3, 2021

The strange porn paradise

THE SEX ACCORDING TO MAÏA

Porn? It sucks, it’s ugly, it’s degrading. The actors look like nothing. Actresses make tons of it, and are insulted. The scenarios are ridiculous or nonexistent. The sets and costumes (when there are any) are gentle laughs. Site design seems stuck in the Web 1.0 age. After the masturbation is dispatched (in ten minutes on average, according to data from the Pornhub site), the consumer removes the tab of the offense with a feeling of disgust – perhaps it is a pleasure, but still a guilty pleasure.

Do you find me severe? Let’s face it: apart from a few rare aficionados, you won’t find many people to stand up for porn. mainstream. It is even a paradox of contemporary sexuality: porn, nobody likes it, but everyone consumes it. Finally, especially men: in France, 99% of them have already viewed porn (83% of women) and a third watch it very regularly (less than one in five women), according to the IFOP-Dorcel survey. from 2018.

This fascination-repulsion is not new. In fact, pornography has been gaining ground since the 1970s: television and then the Internet have fostered its expansion. Today, consumption has shifted to tablets and smartphones. Personal devices, whose uses remain private – unlike the history of the family computer, the very one that lets you know that your uncle likes studded briefs.

Global Pornification

This love of porn begins early: even though the law prohibits pornography to those under 18 (you must inform your age on the platforms), the first contact takes place on average at 14 years old (IFOP-Observatoire de la parenthood, 2017). At the risk of disrupting the entry into relational sexuality, since exceptional bodies and extreme practices are presented as the norm.

As the age of users decreases, exasperation increases: in the United States, Utah has passed a law making it possible to block pornography on tablets and smartphones by default; by trying to limit access, the United Kingdom for its part broke its teeth on a technological impasse. In France, the worried forums follow one another in the press to denounce the impact of X on children and adolescents… Without result. From which we will conclude that pornography, nobody likes it, but everyone gets used to it.

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