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Poorly educated by porn: the 10 lies of the mainstream porn industry

10 lies of mainstream porn by Cecilia Ce

When we talk about the mainstream porn industry we are talking about a million dollar industry. Pornhub is one of the largest porn sites in the world and according to the statistics it published in 2019 receives more than 42 billion visits per year, which means an average of 115 million visits per day, 80 thousand visits per minute.

Argentina is ranked number 19 of countries with the highest consumption and among its main searches figure “lesbians” and “anal”. 64% of consumers are men and 36% women.

In recent years, hundreds of confirmed cases have been detected within Pornhub that they contained rapes and trafficking in women. Today they have a verification system for registered users to upload content.

More than 50% of site users They are people between 18 and 35 years old and 81% of the traffic is done from the cell phone. Although it is a condition to prove the age of majority by means of a click, the Youth and Inclusion network of the University of Illes Balears published a study that established that the average age of pornography consumption is close to 11 years and that at 14 years practically all young people have already consumed pornography online.

Pornhub is one of the largest porn sites in the world and according to the statistics it published in 2019 it receives more than 42 billion visits a year (Shutterstock) Pornhub is one of the largest porn sites in the world and according to the statistics it published in 2019 it receives more than 42 billion visits a year (Shutterstock)

It is clear: our society is bad education through the consumption of pornography. These contents arrive before any type of education and, without a doubt, are consumed more than the possible amounts of hours of sex education that can be given in an average school. That is, it is an intense and massive consumption on a young and vulnerable population that, in addition, does not have adequate information about sexuality to be able to consume with critical capacity. This results in the inability to understand that what we see is a fictitious product.

Finally, the industry is setting a sexual script for how we should behave in bed. Somehow, we poorly learn how sex should look and should be carried on. Altering the perception of what are real bodies, real times, real ties, real pleasures. As if we wanted to learn how to drive by looking at Fast and Furious. And we currently do not have other spaces where we can learn about safe, respectful and pleasant practices.

We see some of these lies reflected in:

Lack of consent of the practices that are carried out.

The absence of condoms.

-The participation of actors with Voluptuous fictional bodies, penises far above average, female bodies with white and shaved genitalia and little or almost no body and genital diversity.

Penises that are erect even before stimulation and they remain erect throughout the scene (let’s understand that actors are injected with vasodilators to achieve that).

Voluptuous fictional bodies, well above-average penises, female bodies with white, shaved genitalia and little or no body and genital diversity (Shutterstock) Voluptuous fictional bodies, well above-average penises, female bodies with white, shaved genitalia and little or no body and genital diversity (Shutterstock)

Controlled and explosive ejaculations (also in women) sometimes hyper-produced to increase volume and speed. Reiteration of penetrative practices, with so much more to explore.

Female characters presenting rapid orgasms, sequential and mainly in penetration, without giving adequate stimulation. The clitoris is usually the great forgotten in mainstream pornography, being that it is the main organ of female pleasure. It is not by chance then, that in real encounters, people do not know how to recognize and stimulate it.

Practices that in reality are usually painful exhibited naturally such as choking, spitting, squeaks, strong, deep and fast penetrations. Notable is the case of anal penetrations without any type of lubrication or preparation, and without consent.

-Narrative structures that reinforce heteronormative stereotypes, for example that only women tend to be bisexual or that only women are penetrated in heterosexual relationships.

Women who scream with pleasure, while men remain silent.

Sexual encounters that conclude when male ejaculation occurs, which in the pornographic industry is called “money shot”, the highest paying scene.

Practices that in reality are usually painful exhibited naturally such as choking, spitting, screeching, strong, deep and fast penetrations (Shutterstock) Practices that in reality are usually painful exhibited naturally such as choking, spitting, screeching, strong, deep and fast penetrations (Shutterstock)

The goal of consuming erotic content is to increase sexual tension. In this sense, pornography is very effective and directly stimulates the dopaminergic circuit at the brain level. That is to say, a fast stimulus that activates our cerebral pleasure circuit. It’s important to know also that generates toleranceIn other words, by consuming it frequently we will need to increase the level of stimulus. Consuming pornography in an intense way can make it difficult for me to connect with the situation when it comes to having a real encounter. Masturbation accompanied by pornography is a fast, intense and passive way to obtain pleasure. In other words, as a consumer, I do not have to do anything other than receive the stimulus. Something that is the complete opposite of real encounters. Many people later find it difficult to be present and become aroused by what they are touching and feeling. Today we see sex, instead of feeling it.

Finally, I do not think that the way is prohibition or censorship, but it is necessary to modify many elements of the industry and start consuming alternative products, such as feminist or female-directed porn, where bodies and practices are shown real. That we can control and choose what we consume so that it adds us and be informed to understand that porn is still fiction.

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