PORNOGRAPHY, HOW IT EFFECTS YOUR BRAIN, YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, and YOUR LIFE
IMAGINE THIS: Every Second;
-$3,075.64 is spent on pornography
-28,258 people are viewing pornography
-372 people are typing adult search terms
Every 39 Minutes a new pornographic video is created in the United States
-In 2006 13.33 Billion was spent in the US in the porn industry which exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS and NBC
-In a 1985 study, 92 percent of men had looked at Playboy by age 15; in a 2008 study, 74 percent had seen Internet porn—usually featuring genitalia, intercourse, and often group sex—by age 15
– Internet porn accounts for the largest amount of porn and includes; Virtual Reality, Live Hook Up, Cartoon (animation), Dating sites and other.
Gone are the days of the popular men’s magazines that started the era of pornography. Playboy’s magazine sales are down 34 percent according to Forbes and Penthouse is on its’ last legs. In that same era, pictures that were considered explicit you had to pay for. If you went to a pornographic movie, you had to pay for it and go out to an x rated movie theater. Something like this might be done as a guys night out.
As advancements were made to TV’s at home, so did the availability of porn. First came the at home movie services that you had to pay for such as Cinemax, HBO and a few others. In fact I recall one night as my parents went out my sister and I went into their room and watched Cinemax’s “Emmanuelle.” I was 11 at the time. Also available at this time was the telephone chat lines. After a certain hour if you dialed 1900-666-7xxx, you can speak to prostitute who will have lead you along the way.
Not to long after the paid stations came the invention of the VCR’s. So, now and individual was able to record the pornographical movies and have it available when he or she desired. Also, they were able to go to a movie rental place like blockbuster video or another that had an adult section to rent them.
PORN BOOM BEGINS
Then came the Internet in the 90’s, thus internet porn was born and so was the “pornboom.” The late psychologist Alvin Cooper has stated that there are three main factors that draw people into the Internet porn: Accessibility, Affordability, and Anonymity. He dubbed this the “Triple A Engine” that drives the digital porn market. Like a three-legged stool: kick out one of the legs and it will fall. Internet porn includes avatar, cartoon and virtual reality porn. One of the explosive types is the virtual reality porn. It is very titillating. You the consumer can design your woman the way you want her right down to the size of her breast. So with the virtual boobs out there the way they are makes me wonder whether the designer will ever come to respect a gal who is less titillating. Now we have this type of behavior at the palm of our hands. With internet porn, we have experienced it before in a way that no other has civilization has.
Paralleling thee advancements in the latter half of the 20th century are advancements in cosmetics primarily breast augmentation procedures, skin enhancing techniques, and others. The availability and relative ease of getting these enhancements is attractive to porn stars. Take for example, Wendy Whoppers. She is one of a number of female porn stars catering to the huge breast fanatic. Her implants are so massive that the areolas and the skin between her breasts (over her sternum) have been severely stretched. Her size is an 80 J. Getting breast implants to a porn star is like going to a dentist regularly and having your teeth checked. After seeing porn stars do this to their bodies and use all of the cosmetics to make them ten years younger including the video touch ups, I had wondered, will men ever see and respect an imperfect woman’s body again? Or will they be rewired to expect a body like Wendy Whoppers? The big question, “What drives men to porn?” I had set myself on a mission to find out and this is what I have discovered;
DOPAMINE RECEPTORS According to William Struthers, Ph.D., a Biopsychologist and the author of “Wired for Intimacy, “Men are designed to inseminate as many partners as possible-to increase their reproduction rate. “Pornographic images seem to activate a man’s visual system in a manner that goes beyond just looking at trees or even people.” “It’s almost like a high-definition signal compared with a standard signal.” “Once this signal—Tori Black in the nude, say—hits the male antenna, the mesolimbic (reward) system kicks in, producing a rush of feel-good dopamine. ” The process is like this. A man’s physical response to porn—faster heart rate, increased blood flow, erection—is preceded by a deeper neurological process, which scientists have attempted to capture through brain scans. Once this signal—Tori Black in the nude, say—hits the male antenna, the mesolimbic (reward) system kicks in, producing a rush of feel-good dopamine. According to Struthers, this can reinforce the behavior much in the same way that drugs like cocaine would—which is perhaps the most widely exploited argument against porn. “Guys freak out when they think porn might be ‘rewiring’ their brains.” What happens after the pleasurable surge is more troublesome and complex and will explain the phenomena of “why men think with their zippers. “At this point, “several brain regions, called the higher cortical component, have to decide, ‘What’s the best way to deal with this?” says Struthers. “The problem is, these cortical systems can shut off—that is, they may receive less blood as the visual and arousal systems become more active. Essentially the decision-making system is turning itself over to the experience; it’s almost like the men are hypnotized. This is the classic male stereotype: When men think with what’s below, they don’t make good decisions.” Or, the decisions are made for them. (You don’t have to watch porn to find the best moves in the bedroom. Check out our Sex Position Playbook.)
This brings us to the discussion of the “mirror neuron system.” A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Scientist have linked porn as a motivating factor to this system and, in the 2008 study in the journal NeuroImage, for example, men who watched erotic videos experienced mirror neuron activation and reported a desire to replicate the sex acts they saw. The stronger their mirror neuron response, the harder their erections tended to be. (This parroting effect may be more pronounced in response to videos, which have more action cues than photographs do.) ” “When you’re viewing something sexual, the mirror neuron system enables you to vicariously experience it,” says Struthers. However, simply watching isn’t sufficient to elicit an orgasm. This is why the need to masturbate or to seek an actual sex partner becomes so overpowering that men can’t resist it.
The issue of affordability, accessibility, and anonymity have been reinforced by Paul Wright, Ph.D.. (Assistant Professor at Indiana University who researches social aspects of sex). “Men have evolved to pursue lusty, busty women who are willing to engage in casual sex.” This may be because a woman’s appearance can give more clues to her reproductive potential than a man’s can. However, Emory University research suggests that men and women are similarly interested in visual sexual stimuli, but what they find sexually interesting definitely divides along gender lines. “Men prefer novelty, while women are more interested in stable dynamics,” says study author Heather Rupp, Ph.D., now a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute. (Is Porn Harmful? J. Scott) The triple A’s go like this Affordable The majority of the internet porn is free. Just type up any of the key words and it will come up. Affordable The majority of the internet porn is free. Just type up any of the key words and it will come up. Accessible You are just one click away-and it is right there as you need it Anonymous We don’t know who you are, you can engage in sex anonymously without repercussion RESEARCH SUGGESTING HOW A MANS BRAIN IS REWIRED AND CAN EFFECT HOW HE SEES A REAL IMPERFECT WOMAN In 2003, three psychology professors at Illinois State University surveyed a broad population of women who were, or had been, in a relationship with a man who they knew used pornography. About a third of the women described the porn habit as a form of betrayal and infidelity. But the majority were neutral or even positively disposed to their lover’s taste for smut, responding slightly more favorably than not to prompts like “I do not mind my partner’s pornography use” or “My partner’s pornography use is perfectly normal.” Consider how the research bears this out. Pornography doesn’t teach men to serve, honor, and cherish their wives in a way that fosters romance. Pornography trains men to be consumers, to treat sex as a commodity, to think about sex as something on-tap and made-to-order. As Dr. Mary Anne Layden writes, “It is toxic miseducation about sex and relationships.”
- In Dr. Gary Brooks’ book, The Centerfold Syndrome, he explains how pornography altars the way men think. Because the women in porn are only glossy magazine pictures or pixels on the screen, they have no sexual or relational expectations of their own. This trains men to desire the cheap thrill of fantasy over a committed relationship that requires them to connect to another human being. Pornography essentially trains men to be digital voyeurs: looking at women rather than seeking genuine intimacy.
- According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, after only a few prolonged exposures to pornographic videos, men and women alike reported less sexual satisfaction with their intimate partners, including their partners’ affection, physical appearance, and sexual performance.
- Another study that appeared in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found similar results. When men and women were exposed to pictures of female centerfold models from Playboy and Penthouse, this significantly lowered their judgments about the attractiveness of “average” people.
- Dr. Victor Cline’s research has shown that sexual arousal and excitement diminish with repeated exposure to sexual scenes, leading people to seek out greater variety and novelty in the pornography they view.
Continue to Page 2 for more…,
Pages: 1 2