Since the new legalists have switched from Biblical to Scientific arguments, I thought that I would begin to let everyone know what the science ACTUALLY says, instead of what the legalists try to tell you it says.
This article that I will explain today is so old that it doesn’t even show up on the academic online searches. The link will take you to a photocopy of a TYPEWRITTEN paper. It was published in 1970. It is so simple, clear, and common-sensical that I’m not surprised that the legalists don’t ever quote it.
So the researcher asked a simple question – How does initiation of porn watching affect stable middle-class, moderately conservative, religious married couples. So he ran some ads in Palo Alto, CA asking for married couples who wished to fill out some questionaires for money. He ended up with 83 couples. No one knew that this was a study about pornography.
So this was a group of people to whom no pornographic videos were available (this is 1970) only magazines such as Playboy were available. Few men would sneak into the sleazy adult theatres, so the skin magazines were effectively the only erotica available to conservative men.
So these people were randomly sorted in to groups 15 couples watched nothing but just filled out surveys about their marriage. 68 couples were divided into 2 groups that watched either erotic or non-erotic films.
The couples who watched films were in four groups. In some only the men watched erotica while their wives watched documentaries, in others the couple watched together without comments from the researchers. In the third, the couple watched the film after being told that it was likely to improve their relationship. Finally, the fourth group watched general-interest documentaries.
There were 7 films shown, Themes covered by these films included heterosexual activity, female masturbation, Lesbian activity, male homosexual activity, group sexual activity, and sadomasochism.
The results are so predictable as to be boring.
- Couples who were introduced to pornographic films started having more sex
- After 8 weeks the frequency of the porno-viewing couples sex decreased to baseline levels – they got bored with the porn.
- The couples who were divided into porn-viewing and non-porn viewing had some trouble with the wives getting upset that their husband’s were getting turned on by the films
- People who watched the porn became more tolerant of porn watching
- People who didn’t watch porn became less tolerant toward porn watching
- This was especially pronounced among the women
- The non-heterosexual porn turned everyone off.
- At the end of the experiment. Everyone had the same amount and the same kind of sex that they had before the experiment.
Now – is any of this surprising?
Wives think that porn-watching (of heterosexual sex) is terrible, terrible until they actually see it with their husband. Then it turns them on and causes them to have more marital sex. Afterwards, they – and their husbands – get bored with seeing it all the time and return to their baseline behavior. However, they decide that they may want to see some in the future if they want to get especially turned on.
Couples who have been taught to have legalistic scruples again porn get very upset if they find out that others are getting to watch. They want to stop anyone else from having fun either. These censorship desires disappear as soon as they see porn themselves.
Normal heterosexual couples do not become swingers because they see swinger films. They do not turn into bi-sexuals because they see lesbian or homosexual films. They turn out to like the romantic sex films (films of couples like themselves) the most.
What does this tell us 50 years later?
Firstly, PORN IS NOT ADDICTIVE. People who watch porn without feeling guilty about it get bored with it shortly.
Secondly, all of the preaching against porn -all of the men’s retreats – all of the promise-keepers seminars – all of the “your brain on porn” pseudo-science articles – were wasted effort. That same effort could have gone into producing beautiful and holy erotica that couples could watch whenever they wished in order to revive flagging sex lives.
Finally, we already knew this 50 years ago. Why did they churches determinedly continue to destroy the christian faith of their men?
I think it is because Mommy made them feel bad about playing with themselves at age 12 and they are still projecting their guilt onto others the rest of their lives.