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Do you think viewing porn is still stigmatized in today's society?

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Yes, definitely 25% 13 Votes
Yes, but not like it once was 68% 36 Votes
Not really 2% 1 Votes
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Mar 13, 2011

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Drooler (220) I don't feel that I can talk about it with other people as I can plenty of other subjects, but it's not as stigmatized as it was 50 years ago. In those days, in some communities, if you had any porn in your possession, you could be arrested for it, I think.
03-13-11  12:52am

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RustyJ (145) In eastern, central and northern Europe, not really. You see famous people publicly admitting to viewing it, it's recommended for couples not getting into mood and so on.

Some uptights are always around but they have no real say in this matter ;)

03-13-11  01:01am

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otoh (54) It's not something I openly admit to... but I do find myself increasingly hinting at it in polite company - probably to do with getting older and caring less about raising the odd eyebrow...
03-13-11  03:00am

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lk2fireone (196) REPLY TO #1 - Drooler :

My thought is that Drooler is basically right. Porn is more accepted today versus 50 years ago. But many people still think porn is evil, or at the very least, bad.

King James Bible
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

And if you're not willing to pluck out your eye, there are plenty of good Christians and Muslims that will do if for you.

03-13-11  05:34am

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Denner (235) ...not like it was once. But still not something I talk about with others than my wife.
But I also realize, that young people today generally and openly consider porn as part of their lives - again to most young people it's much less a tabu than it was 20-30 years ago.

03-13-11  07:04am

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Drooler (220) REPLY TO #4 - lk2fireone :

Maybe they think it's evil, or at least they use it as a chip in their game of attempting to exert power and control over others.
03-13-11  07:48am

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mbaya (366) I think it still has a stigma. I would not discuss porn casually ith anyone.
03-13-11  10:01am

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pat362 (375) There is a significantly larger market today than years ago but that's because it's easy to get and mostly invisble. Most people access get their porn through the net or on DVD's today so you no longer need to drive to a porn cinema where you might be recognized.

I never have any problem disussing my mainstream movie collection with coworkers and friends but I will never discuss my porn collection with them for fear of their reaction so in my book porn is still a taboo subeject.

03-13-11  10:42am

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rearadmiral (388) I think that it is far less stigmatized now than it once was. That is probably due to it being so much more widely available thanks to the internet and that younger women seem to have a bit of an interest now.

What always bugs me about the topic is that so many people publicly denigrate porn who probably also have a big stash too.

03-13-11  12:42pm

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graymane (33) Not as bad as it use to be.
But Lets face it, it's still fashionable to bash porn... But in true hypocrite style, and like Rearadmiral says, many of those kind probabley aren't practicing what they're preaching.

03-13-11  08:16pm

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yote78 (5) Yes, it's still stigmatized to a pretty fair degree. You can't exactly talk about it in "polite" company. But although porn is more accepted and viewed as a normal form of sexual activity and expression, it's not really reached the point of being fully "mainstream."

Thanks to video and the internet, gone are the days of nasty-smelling bookstores in the bad part of town. Now you can get it without having to resort to all that. In some ways porn has become less societal and more of a private matter. That is my theory as to why it's become more accepted. Society as a whole no longer has to see it anymore.

And, lastly, just look at the size of the industry if you don't think it's more accepted. Revenues are now measured in the billions of dollars. SOMEBODY has to be buying all that porn!

03-14-11  06:54am

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nadiencendia (83) As others have said, I think it is much less stigmatized than it used to be, specially in (Northern) Europe. However, I wouldn't openly talk about porn with somebody I have just met, just as I wouldn't openly express my political or religious ideas to someone I just met. It's not exactly taboo, but it's still a sensitive topic.
03-14-11  10:05am

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turboshaft (24) I'm probably too young to give much perspective on what the stigmatization was a few decades ago (though many celebrities and even some politicians boasted of seeing "Deep Throat" in the theaters in the '70s), but I am American and sadly that means there are a wide range of things that are considered acceptable across different parts of the U.S.

For example, Texas has pretty strict laws against sex toys (okay, not porn, but related) but fairly loose guns laws, so is that stigmatization? (Interestingly, it was also a Texas anti-sodomy state law that was challenged and eventually struck down by the Supreme Court a few years ago, thus legalizing dirtier sex nationwide. Woo hoo!)

So...in San Francisco you probably won't be ostracized, but in a place like Salt Lake City it's probably best to keep it hush-hush.

We're Americans: we get off on war and violence but are disgusted by sex and nudity. Go figure. : - (

03-14-11  12:28pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #11 - yote78 :

I agree; if you have an Internet connection then you pretty much have as much access to porn as the most depraved members of society do. I mean does anybody really feel the same way surfing for porn online as they did stealthily walking into an adult "boutique" or the better section of the local video store?

Even if few people admit to it in "polite" company (which just seems rude to me) I bet a lot more people regularly view porn than would ever admit. That and the craziness of all these fetishes, and even standard boy-girl hardcore, have all gone pretty extreme with the 'net which doesn't make for a very good conversation starter.

03-14-11  12:38pm

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Wittyguy (105) Charlie Sheen just made Winners out of all of us pornophiles. Screw the rest of the trolls.
03-14-11  12:44pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #15 - Wittyguy :

To be fair, he is "winning" because he has the porn come directly into his home--one of his, uh, girlfriends is a porn star.

Though he probably still has a healthy porn habit too.

03-14-11  12:56pm

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slutty (111) I agree with turboshaft, it depends on the area you live in, particularly in the US, some states in the South aren't quite as permissive - although I'm sure most of those politicians have a huge stash themselves...
03-14-11  11:59pm

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slategrey (13) REPLY TO #15 - Wittyguy :

lol "winning?"

When have following what charlie sheen do ever been a good idea? Porn takes negative hit :(

03-15-11  01:11am

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manholelover (24) Interestingly, in the gay world, you're seen as weird if you DON'T enjoy porn!!
06-23-11  11:35am

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