Skepticism: Porn... Addiction?
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07-03-2017, 03:16 PM
RE: Skepticism: Porn... Addiction?
I've been a skeptic to this as when I hear or read about it I wondered why it seemed people who had this addiction were so readily able to admit it to TV news networks. Not many would just openly blurt out 'I have an Addiction'

Me personally I don't read or watch porn that much. Which is why I am a bit peeved when someone so adamantly claims that I do over the amount and that I am a 'porn enthusiast' when i clearly state I am not.

The reason I bring this idea up is because it's a topic I never really could find much about form BOTH sides of the argument. I'm curious if something that sounds like it's just what you do in your spare time can suddenly be an 'addiction'. Because to me it sounded more like a way for people to control you or get money from you.

Best example would be how they tell someone they have a sickness that can only be cured by a number of drugs. Or how a very few doctors will give you a drug that will do nothing for you, something you might not even have and might only cause you are just so they can make money on how much they've sold.

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07-03-2017, 11:51 PM
RE: Skepticism: Porn... Addiction?
(07-03-2017 03:16 PM)Ruby Crystal Wrote:  Best example would be how they tell someone they have a sickness that can only be cured by a number of drugs. Or how a very few doctors will give you a drug that will do nothing for you, something you might not even have and might only cause you are just so they can make money on how much they've sold.

Szuchow's article that he posted mentioned that there are some quacks selling "cures" for porn addiction.

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07-03-2017, 11:53 PM
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Porn addiction is only a thing if you are religious.

Which is enough reason right there to blow it off. Its not recognized as an addiction and we need to quit treating it like it is until there is real evidence.
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08-03-2017, 12:17 AM
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(07-03-2017 02:33 PM)Gwaithmir Wrote:  Can porn be addictive? I don't know. I'm not a sociologist. All I can say is that I've frequently viewed sexually explicit material ever since I was a teenager and my life would have been rather boring without it. My best sexual relationship was with a woman who liked porn as much as I did.

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When one has been as much of a slut as I, porn is kinda boring. Smile

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09-03-2017, 06:41 PM
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(08-03-2017 12:17 AM)Banjo Wrote:  
(07-03-2017 02:33 PM)Gwaithmir Wrote:  Can porn be addictive? I don't know. I'm not a sociologist. All I can say is that I've frequently viewed sexually explicit material ever since I was a teenager and my life would have been rather boring without it. My best sexual relationship was with a woman who liked porn as much as I did.

Bob! OhmyGaspBlinkConsider

When one has been as much of a slut as I, porn is kinda boring. Smile

It's rather difficult to think of you as a slut. The image just doesn't compute. But then I'm listening to Vivaldi right now and that may be making my brain a bit fuzzy.

And as for porn the only addiction I have for that is the original "The Story of O" by the French lady Pauline somebody or other, can't spell her last name or pronounce it either.

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09-03-2017, 08:32 PM
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(07-03-2017 11:53 PM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Porn addiction is only a thing if you are religious.

Which is enough reason right there to blow it off. Its not recognized as an addiction and we need to quit treating it like it is until there is real evidence.
It is, like virtually every practice, food, or idea, potentially addictive, for some given value of "addictive" -- which for some people is quite high.

Any addiction to anything can become destructive or self-defeating.

So, no, porn addiction is not a thing only if you are religious; though admittedly the religious are particularly obsessed with sexual expression outside their little ruleset, and try to make any prohibited sexual expression into the epitome of evil. The kind of "evil" that is pronounced as if it had four syllables rather than two.

Separated from the controlling authoritarian ideology of religion and religious ideology like sin, we can say that porn is highly objectifying, creates unrealistic notions of perfection, and supports an industry that often exploits the people who work in it. There's a lot not to like about it. Considering the amount of sexual hangups and malfunctions many people have, it seems like adding unrealistic expectations and idealization to the mix just isn't helpful.

On the other hand ... some people voluntarily work in the industry, produce a product that many are willing to pay $$ for, and it serves as an outlet / release for one's lack of sexual opportunity or satisfaction, and appears to be harmless in moderation. And ... were it not for religion and derivative remnants of puritanical ideology, it's quite probable that 75% of the demand for it would go away. It's in significant part, an expression of widespread sexual repression.

How do we know this? Because porn's biggest US market is in the Bible Belt.

So yes, religion has a huge role, ironically, in generating demand for one of the things it most despises.

But it is objectively both a harm and a benefit, quite apart from religious proscriptions.
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09-03-2017, 08:35 PM
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(07-03-2017 11:53 PM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Porn addiction is only a thing if you are religious.

Which is enough reason right there to blow it off. Its not recognized as an addiction and we need to quit treating it like it is until there is real evidence.

> Well, I'd certainly rather be addicted to porn than religion. Dodgy
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09-03-2017, 08:58 PM
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I'm not sure if you can get addicted to it but I'm sure trying my damnedest to find out.
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10-03-2017, 05:14 AM
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I don't believe it it is addicting. One may become obsessive with it, as one would with video games perhaps, but not addicted. Addicted (by my understanding) would mean 24/7.

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10-03-2017, 05:23 AM
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(09-03-2017 06:41 PM)Ro3bert Wrote:  It's rather difficult to think of you as a slut. The image just doesn't compute. But then I'm listening to Vivaldi right now and that may be making my brain a bit fuzzy.

And as for porn the only addiction I have for that is the original "The Story of O" by the French lady Pauline somebody or other, can't spell her last name or pronounce it either.

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