The BBC Asks ‘Is Porn good for you?’ Yes, You Heard Right,The BBC

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Teenage boys up and down the country, rejoice! Apparently there’s actually an academic debate as to whether porn can be considered good for you. Well not in your get your five a day sense, but you get the drift.

The BBC has hosted a rather interesting debate. It weighs up the pros and cons as to whether porn can actually be healthy and sexually liberating for the country or if it’s just a sleazy way of making a buck or two off the degradation of women. I’m not going to lie; I think it’s an interesting one.

Defending pornography and it’s sexual delights, we have Anna Arrowsmith, a female pornography director. I wonder if we can guess which camp she’s defending. Predictably she believes that porn is good for us: it keeps marriages together, prevents husbands and wives from cheating on one another and celebrates the beauty of the human body in all its various shapes, sizes, skin colours and sexualities.. Now let’s hear from the opposition camp.

Who better to defend the anti-porn movement than the godmother of established feminism herself, Miss Germaine Greer. Her view point is that porn is nothing more than ‘prostitution’ that it affects young men in negative ways, distorting their expectations in a relationship. Further, she believes that it feeds an unhealthy consumerist industry. In her view more energy and money should be channeled into erotic art. Yeah, I’m stumped on that part too.  

It’s a damn good debate though isn’t it? We’re known for being a country of freedom and liberalism. A country where watching a sexual act for the means of your own satisfaction for many, is a right and not a privilege. However in many pornographic videos women are often portrayed with overly fake breasts, a lot of peroxide blonde hair and a pubic region that’s had more waxes than your average showroom car.

To me, the question shouldn’t be ‘is porn good for you’, that makes it sounds like it’s some form of daily necessity you need to get through your day and that without it we’d all behave like dogs on heat. It should be ‘can some porn have a positive effect on people’s lives?’ and to some degree it can.

It can bring sexual satisfaction, which has been proved to prevent affairs and even more shockingly sexual crimes. It can break sexual taboos and bring about sexual liberation.  However it can also offend people and portray some pretty grim acts that can influence the impressionable and vulnerable not to mention, portray women as a product with one sole function: sex.

I am now going to be incredibly annoying and say that I don’t think there is one clear cut answer to the question ‘is porn good for good.’   I would like to say that as long as nobody is getting hurt then it’s a-ok . As we all unfortunately know, life isn’t ever quite so simple and if it were we wouldn’t need to ask the bloody question anyway.

Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.

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