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

Type: General
Yes, definitely 18% 8 Votes
Yes, but not like it once was 68% 30 Votes
Not really 14% 6 Votes
Undecided 0% 0 Votes

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Mar 27, 2012

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hodayathink (18) Just read the news and you'll see the answer is clearly yes.
03-27-12  12:32am

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pat362 (375) It is but that somehow hasn't stopped mainstream industries from including a greater porny look and feel to many of their products and in the case od media thena greater porn look to their shows and movies.
03-27-12  06:42am

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rearadmiral (388) I think there's a bit of a disconnect between what people say in public and what they do in private. I remmeber reading in one book describing porn that it is something that we "privately adore and publicly abhor." And I'd couple that with a less accurate quote after it was reported that the porn industry had sales of 4 billion dollars that year (I'm guessing at the number) where someone stated that the religious right will believe this to be four people spending a billion dollars each.

Our culture in North America is increasingly sexualized and as that happens the reaction on the right gets stronger. (And on an unrelated note I read that the lead singer of Megadeth has come out as a Rick Sontorum support because Rick supports free speech. This guy must know a different Rick Santorum. That, or it's more likely that like so many other people you perceive free speech to be speech that you like.

03-27-12  08:58am

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Capn (28) It depends on the circle of associates you have.

If they are hypercrites then 'Yes.'

In my circle of acquaintance, 'No.'

Cap'n. :0)

03-27-12  09:11am

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gaypornolover (38) It's definitely less of a stigma than it used to be, and I think the internet has a lot to do with that. I find men are more open with other men about using it, certainly. I don't think it'll ever be entirely stigma-free, but then I don't think I want it to be - it'd lose some of the excitement!
03-27-12  09:25am

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t9chome (0) Certainly has become more mainstream than ever before. I think it has a lot to do with the value many Americans & the media place on wealth. The most prosperous porn stars do interviews on talk shows, are seen at camera blitzing PR galas, and the non-porn watching public thinks they're just normal rich folks. The porn watchers think, how cool is that!
03-27-12  10:35am

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Cybertoad (Disabled) I think in some aspects people are becoming bored by it and taking on more important topics to them, like gun control, and health care. I think Johny whacking off in his room watching porn is the least of most worries now days.
03-27-12  11:33am

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Thomas20 (2) REPLY TO #3 - rearadmiral :

Even though Dave Mustaine used to write kick ass songs, unless it's actually in the lyrics to the songs, I think rock singers should not really tell us all about their opinions unless we ask for them or it is Bob Geldof telling us about starvation for which he is forgiven.
03-27-12  12:23pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #8 - Thomas20 :

03-27-12  01:20pm

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lk2fireone (196) REPLY TO #3 - rearadmiral :

I think what rearadmiral said makes sense and is probably true: there is a disconnect between what people say in public and what they do in private.
03-27-12  03:11pm

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Drooler (220) Oh, not as much, for sure. Used to be that people even suspected of having pornography were searched and, if any was found, they were treated as sicko deviants. But then, as now, your rep will suffer more if filthy pictures are found under your bed compared to, say, a loaded 50-caliber organ-shredding assault rifle with no permit.
03-27-12  05:40pm

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graymane (33) It's the nature of a lot of people to wanna rail against something. It's a sort of wild instinct likend to a pack of dogs .... not unlike the mind set of the likes of members of a lynch mob.
Porn is the kid on the block who won't fight back, simply making it too easy for the conservative-right crowd to go after them.

03-27-12  08:47pm

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slutty (111) I think RA has it right, although I think it is less publicly abhorred these days than it used to be.
03-27-12  08:52pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #3 - rearadmiral :

Remember, "repression leads to obsession."

I blame our (the U.S.', anyway) history of religiosity for the reason society has become so hyper-sexualized, and one of the reasons porn has become as popular and accessible as it has.

To me the modern porn boom is one of the results of a culture's repressed and unhealthy view of sex and sexuality, not the cause of it, as the moral authoritarians would have us believe. The anti-porn crowd is really at its base anti-sex, and blames all of our modern ills on the sexual permissiveness that permeates our daily lives. This includes everything out there--from what people can find on the web, to the ads shown on TV, to all those unmarried women who choose to use birth control (the horror!).

It is still stigmatized in a way--just try staying in political office and see what happens when you begin making your own--but there's really no serious social backlash in most modern parts of the world, even in the more puritanical parts of the U.S. The forbidden fruit has long been out of the bag (if it ever was in there to begin with) and everyone's taking a bite. ;-)

03-27-12  10:41pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #8 - Thomas20 :

Dave Mustaine has been writing political songs since his career began, though usually in a far more hostile way than openly endorsing a conservative candidate. Still, it pains me to see a truly accomplished metal guitarist like Mustaine get "reborn," or whatever he is now, and see no problem in saying something nice about a humorless character like Santorum.

Reminds me of Bill Hicks talking about people labeling rock "the devil's music," and that if there was a hell he'd rather spend an eternity in it because then at least it has the good music.

03-27-12  10:54pm

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BadMrFrosty (56) Depends where you live. Here porn and sex are everywhere and there is not really any stigma attached to it.
03-28-12  03:51am

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messmer (137) I think here in Canada there has been a significant shift from stigma to acceptance. Only a few years ago you had to smuggle in Porn from the U.S. while now our Cable Provider offers four different Porn channels, plus nightly soft porn movies (usually Wicked or Vivid Productions with the money shot left out) on HBO.

I confess it is circumstantial evidence because I don't talk to people about porn but am sure my Cable Company would not carry that sort of material if it was not in demand.

03-28-12  09:52am

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RustyJ (145) Some individuals do but I don't think European society does.
03-30-12  04:55am

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slategrey (13) Yeah, why you think i hide it :s
04-01-12  07:51pm

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bino788 (0) It's hard to think porn is still stigmatized today.

I think it hasn't been since the late 1990's.

Porn is like video game acceptance in America.

Video games used to be for "weirdos, losers, nerds, loners" etc but now it's very mainstream.

Porn has become mainstream and I don't think women and men performing and people consuming it are condemned/judged these days.

04-06-12  03:45pm

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yote78 (5) Although I wouldn't call it mainstream just yet, it's much more out in the open and accepted than it used to be, even ten years ago. But sexual content, talk, etc. is more widely accepted in society now (advertising, movies, strip clubs, as a few examples)that porn is just part of that package. also depends on what kind of porn we're talking about, of course. Bestiality, excrement, rough B&D. to name a few genres that will probably never come close to being accepted.
04-07-12  01:25pm

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steffj (0) I believe it is with the 30+ age group.

The people who have grown up with internet, R movies, Girls Gone Wild, etc. has allowed for some growth and acceptance of porn and experimentation. In a few more years, it may not be mainstream by far--but it will be more acceptable.

Also, the internet and the economical crash has forced a lot of people into alternative jobs. I have noticed more cam models that are older, amateurs and making a living selling sexual fantasies.

04-30-12  11:35am

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LatexRyan (17) Porn will always be stigmatised, I'm 20 and within my generation, porn is seen by most guys as a rite of passage, and that viewing it is perfectly healthy and normal.

With my Parent's generation it's a pretty different story. Both my parents know I look at porn, they accept that and don't really bother me over it, sadly my mother (as much as I love her) has a pre-conceived notion that any woman doing porn must be on drugs or at least attempting to fund a drug habit and that 'normal' people don't do things like oral/anal etc.

So in short, yes whilst there are right wing conservatives and people who have pre-conceived notions, porn will be stigmatised. 10 or 15 years from now, people will be a lot more open when it comes to talking about sex and other important things like that.

05-18-12  07:47pm

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