Porn: To watch or not to watch?

Toronto - Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Ah yes, pornography – one of the many taboo topics in our society. It gets deleted from our browser histories, hidden under our mattresses, and frowned upon in general. We’re told that it promotes immoral sexual behaviour, objectifies women, and ruins relationships. Yet we still sneak a peek at it when no one else is around.

But is it true that nothing good can ever come out of watching a little smut? As it turns out, a number of studies done on this subject suggested that watching pornography can actually be quite beneficial.

Here’s a list of reasons why watching porn, especially with your partner, can improve your sex life:

- Helps you explore your sexuality: The more comfortable you become with watching others act out their desires, the more comfortable you’ll be with discussing your own curiousities with a partner. There are countless fetishes that can be discovered in porn, and you’ll never know what you’ll like until you see it!
- Teaches you new things: Although pornography shouldn’t replace sex. ed. altogether, it can still teach you a few neat tricks, like different positions, locations or role-play scenarios.
- Creates a bonding experience: Think of this as another item to cross off your kinky bucket list. Get silly with it! Make fun of the unrealistic story lines and ridiculous pick up lines.
- Speeds up foreplay: We are predominately visual beings. An erotic film or image can arouse both your and your partner in seconds, which comes in handy when you’re pressed for time.

Keep in mind that everyone’s preferences and turn-ons are different. Visit an adult video store to discover many different genres, ranging from sensual romance and solo masturbation to hardcore BDSM and orgies. If you’re looking for a more interactive viewing experience, check out one of many webcam websites with live performers.

You can read more about the studies here:
- A Wellness Perspective on Pornography by Donald Ardell
- New Research Suggests Porn is Overly Demonized by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
- Self-Perceived Effects of Pornography Consumption by Gert Martin Hald and Neil M. Malamuth
- The Sunny Side of Smut by Melinda Wenner Moyer

-Lisa

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