The End of Sex?

By | May 1, 2006

The End of Sex

[Pornography] … appears to have become the industrialized world’s number one cultural product. If that strikes you as surprising, then the following information should be instructive. Pornography is now globally worth $57 billion, with the United States – porn’s spiritual home – accounting for $12 billion (by comparison, Hollywood is worth a mere $10 billion). In the United States, a conservative estimate of new pornographic movie production is 50 new movies a day, and more than 500 million porno films are rented every year. … In many Eastern cultures, including Hindu, Japanese and Islamic, foreplay – yes, that word – is not just recommended: it is a religious requirement. But pornography is turning thoughtful, loving intercourse into an historical curiosity. – ohmy

Porn is like processed sugar. The sugar in fruit attracts us biologically. This is as it should be because fruit has all kinds of healthy things like vitamin C. With processed sugar, however, we have outsmarted ourselves. We’ve taken the pure attractant out of fruit and put it into things that are not all that healthy. Similarly, the visual and auditory stimulation the adult entertainment industry provides occurs naturally when real people interact with intimacy. Erotic sights and sounds are biologically intended to be coupled with affection and love. But with porn, as with sugar, we’ve distilled the attractants. So, where are the cavities? Perhaps as with sugar, some people get them and some don’t? The “cavities” are holes in relationships … holes in individual’s self-esteem over time if this attactant replaces healthy intimate connections. Many Americans get addicted to sugar. I say: try switching to honey.

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