Pornography is not new, but the digital age has made it more ubiquitous and accessible than ever before. The technological realities of smartphones and high-speed internet have fundamentally changed the landscape of pornography, and ushered it into the cultural mainstream where it enjoys increasingly widespread acceptance. Read more
“Families,” a therapist once told me. “They keep us in business.”
Writers would most likely say the same. The title alone of Chris Offutt’s memoir, “My Father, the Pornographer,” implies a lifetime of material. Res ipsa loquitur, as they say in tort law. The thing speaks for itself. Read more
The easy availability of hardcore pornography for teenage boys is having an effect on how they relate to girls, but nothing is being done about it.
I look back with bemusement at the moment I had to pull a friend aside from a conversation about oral sex, to ask desperately, “Kate, what’s a blowjob?” She shrugged, admitting she had no idea either. Read more
A gender-studies professor explains how the industry works.
Humans have been creating images of sex and genitalia for millions of years, but it is only in the past few centuries—since the 1600s, according to historians—that these representations started meeting academics’ preferred definition of pornography, which involves both the violation of taboos and the intention of arousal. The first efforts to make money off of this new endeavor could not have come long after that. Read more
TIME magazine has published one of the saddest, most horrifying cover stories I have ever read. It is not horrifying like the carnage of war. It’s horrifying like the carnage of a culture that is committing slow-motion suicide. The essay documents a civilization-wide calamity on a scale that we have not seen before. Read more
Time magazine’s cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I can’t link to it because it’s a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women. Burk, quoting the article: Read more
The latest issue of Time Magazine landed on stands yesterday. And, you might have heard, the cover story paints a menacing picture of sex and sexuality among younger Americans. When the story, “Porn and the Threat to Virility,” first appeared online last week, it initiated no small buzz around the Internet, including an unusual teaming of conservative Christian and secular feminist voices characterizing Time’s findings as indicative of a larger, systemic cultural problem. Read more
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution out of committee on Friday, declaring pornography a public health crisis.
Sponsored by Senator Todd Weiler, the resolution (S.C.R.9) recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms. Read more
The phenomenon of “sexting”—the practice of taking and sending sexually provocative or explicit photos of oneself and sending them to another person via email or mobile device—has taken youth culture by storm. According to a CBS News article that quotes Dr. Kristin Perry, a psychologist and founder of a parenting resource called Inparentis, “sexting is the new flirting.” Read more
Gerald Langiri is having an odd problem at work. He’s a casting director in bustling Nairobi, Kenya, and he certainly looks the part with his well-cut suit, chic glasses and clean-shaven head. He long ago got used to young actors approaching him for jobs, but these days, “it is getting pretty annoying,” complains Langiri, who prides himself on quality work.
The would-be actors are not asking about landing a role in a movie or a commercial. They want to get into porn. Langiri is bordering on indignant — to him, that industry is a lame Western import. Read more