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Dr William Struthers answers the question “Why is porn not ok?”

It’s probably a valid question when you consider that 70% of 18 to 24 year old men visit pornographic sites in a typical month (PureHope)┬ábut with 56% of divorces involving one spouses continued use of internet pornography it’s hard to deny that there is a link there.

Neuroscientist and author, Dr William Struthers explains how sexual intimacy is intended to be shared only between two people, while pornography takes that and broadcasts it to those who aren’t participants. This says Struthers, violates the basic premise of sexual intimacy.

 

Transcript:

Why is porn not OK? Well that’s a great questions because it gets the issue of what is sex really about. And sexual intimacy between 2 people is really only meant for those 2 people.

Now when you film it and then you display it for other people to watch then it’s no longer just between those 2 people. So inherently by definition what pornography does, is it takes something that is intended to be just for the participants and broadcasts it to those who are no participants.

So the reasons that pornography isn’t helpful is because it takes sexuality out of its proper context, and whenever you take something out of its proper context and you consume it or you produce it out of that proper context it ends up actually being something that destroys, rather than something that is beneficial or helpful.

So the reasons that porn isn’t helpful, the reason why it’s inherently a bad thing, is because it violates the basic premise of sexual intimacy.