With the ever expanding fruits of political correctness reaching out to nearly every facet of our contemporary society (or however political a society can be with the viewership of shows like ‘Teen Mom’ exceeding that of most normal television programming), certain subjects tend to be abandoned or swept under the rug with very little discussion at all.
One of these things is the controversial industry of pornography. Whether you feel comfortable acknowledging it or not, pornography is something that exists in our society and chances are, you probably at least know of a few people with more experience with it than you might expect or maybe you’ve even had one encounter with it sometime in your life.
Now, the average everyday person typically doesn’t have much use for pornography on a regular basis, myself included. But its noticeable and distinct lack of presence in everyday society, understandable though it may be, demonstrates how uncomfortable the subject tends to make people. While feeling uneasy towards the topic is perfectly warranted in all cases, sometimes it’s necessary to face something in order to get a more three-dimensional grasp of the subject.
More often than not, pornography is the type of thing that most people would prefer to leave alone and not bring it up under any circumstance, which is for the most part exactly how it’s always been and currently is today. But every so often, certain people or groups like to drag it out of the shadows and thrust it into the spotlight to expose just how “immoral” or “depraved” it really is, while under the assumption that those who choose to view it are in favor of having it integrated into the daily routines of everyday common people.
But the real truth of the matter is that pornography is not mandatory in the slightest, and most people would probably agree with that. It’s an extremely private habit and the only thing more private would be actually participating in real life what is depicted in most pornography.
One thing in the realm of dissent that’s often heard is the accusation that pornography is usually quite negative in regards towards its treatment and portrayal of women. Some would claim that its attitude is extremely derogatory towards them and/or tends to idealize them too much for the male viewers.
Keeping in mind that train of thought, this would mean that the only type of porn that exists is between a man and a woman, and furthermore, that would also imply that only men watch pornography. But you don’t even have to have ever seen a pornographic video to realize that both of these preconceptions are utterly false.
Without making reference to the infamous Internet Rule 34, let’s just say that there’s a healthy diversity of options out there to satisfy the curiosities of most individuals whom are at least modest in their expectations and momentary interests.
In conclusion, with a topic this private and so infrequently faced by the general public, it’s not hard to see why so many preconceptions exist that would make it seem more undesirable or even more sinister than it might really be. But the real truth of the matter is that pornography is really nothing more than a hobby to most people, and that a person’s individual use for it can and should be just that: left in the hands of the individual.
As with any other controversial subject out there, the resources are out there for those who are willing to learn more. And for those who wish to remain out of the loop, it’s just as easy for them as well.