“Stay Calm And Watch Porn”

In 2009, a group of researchers at the University of Montreal decided to figure out the effects of pornography on an adult male. They designed a case-control study which required:

a) A study group: men who watch porn
b) A control group: men who do not watch porn

They had to abandon the study because they were unable to find any men who could be placed in the control group.

Turns out, all guys watch porn. Including you, the one reading this article. Even if you’re a woman, I can still make a very safe bet that you watch it.

Yes, dear reader. I know the foul images you’ve seen on screen, and even filthier fantasies you generate in the depths of your mind – too politically explosive or socially unacceptable to be shared publicly. How do I know that? Because there’s an excellent chance that you’re a normal human who is not sexually repressed.

As a sex-positive feminist, a doctor, and a psychology enthusiast, I’m ashamed to admit that I do not shit a brick about pornography. My jaw does not drop to the floor at the mention of the word ‘sex’, and my eyebrows do not disappear into my hairline when somebody confesses to me that he or she enjoys porn.

I’ve touched upon this subject several times before, but I believe this needs to be discussed in greater detail. Every generation comes up with its own ludicrous hypothesis about how evil porn is. They used to say that porn causes brain damage. Turns out, there’s no conclusive evidence that it causes more brain damage than, say, eating chocolate or imbibing too many caffeine-based drinks.

Then somebody floated the idea that watching porn causes human trafficking and abuse of minors. That is true for the underground porn industry, in which case the culprit is the government that fails to legalize and regulate the industry. The legit porn industry rarely causes such problems. In California, for instance, they cannot even produce a porn film without the performers using a condom, let alone getting away using underaged girls.

Then they went ahead and claimed that porn helps normalize rape and misogyny. Those radical feminists who view porn defenders as rape apologists (which says “all men are rape-apologists” in the light to the fact I stated in the beginning), need to shake themselves out of their dogmatic position and start considering the facts. Turns out, internet porn actually prevents rape and objectification of women by providing people a healthy outlet for the sexual energy building up inside them.

The last part, in particular, is something the moral police at Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) should be made aware of. PTA is currently fighting a (losing) battle against internet porn. I’ve heard from a reliable source that they’re also trying to ban nitrogen in the atmosphere. Only, the latter seems more doable. Regardless, they’ve embarked on a holy quest to block up to 50 million porn sites, a move that requires the creation of an internet Great Wall.

Which brings to my eyes the tears of laughter and of sorrow, both at the same time. It seems that our proud country has run out of real issues to deal with – you know, the little things like poverty, hunger, illiteracy, abuse of women, oppression of minorities – all of them have been solved. Now we can sink back calmly in our seats and throw away money on sanctimonious bullshit like this.

Porn, nudity and “vulgarity” are not the problem. Pornstar Brianna Banks is not the one training suicide bombers in Waziristan. The nudists are not the ones preventing kids from getting vaccinated against polio. The uprising in Balochistan is not the result of the grand total of six dance parties that take place in this country annually. Bipasha’s boobs are not the cause of rising oil prices, no more than the exodus of Pakistani Hindus is being driven by the sight of Veena’s ass on television.

So get your priorities straight!

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    • Turbo Lover
    • August 19th, 2012

    You know, the reason why the western countries/all the countries Pakistan looks up to prosper because they do not spend thier free time in all this moral policing in the name of religon. They step out and work hard for thier country and thier people. (My name used to be Big Rizvi, but I thought I’d change it).

    • tewariak
    • September 15th, 2012

    Free sex free society .

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