Porn Reduces the Value of Real Intercourse [Adult Content]

Sociological researchers Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker make the following observations in light of an interview and study regarding pornography and its impact upon real sex with a real woman,

While any person can masturbate and it’s as old as humanity, Alex was unapolegetic in his love for modern, high quality, digital porn:

‘It’s the best. [Why do you say that?] I think I like my own ‘personal time’ as much as I like having intercourse. It’s just different, but, it’s also good…[Some people would say, ‘Wouldn’t people prefer the real thing?’ Or not?] I don’t, like, I mean, I prefer the real thing because sometimes it’s not as accessible. So it’s like rarer when you get it. But if I have to choose between never getting to do one [of the two options] again, I don’t know, I probably couldn’t choose. I like them both.’

In an unusual and fascinating published study, a group of men provided researchers with four semen samples acquired via masturbation. Two samples were collected while the participants viewed digital pornographic video and two samples were collected without the porn as a source of arousal. (Each time the men were tested they had gone two days without ejaculating). To get an idea of how satisfying each masturbation experience was, the men were asked to score their level of sexual satisfaction on a 10-point scale. Not surprisingly, the sexual satisfaction the men reported was much higher during masturbation with the pornographic video stimulation than without it. It wasn’t just in their imagination, either. The volume of seminal fluid, sperm count, sperm motility, and a marker prostate function were significantly better in semen samples collected via masturbating to porn. In other words, the ubiquity and perceived quality of digital porn has the capacity to sexually satiate more men–and more often–than ever before. Old porn reached a small, self-selected minority of men. New porn reaches the majority.

Together with the study’s findings, Alex’s admission underscores porn’s ramifications for women’s romantic relationships with men. If porn-and-masturbation satisfies some of the male demand for intercourse–and it clearly does–it reduces the value of real intercourse, access to which women control. Since high-speed digital porn gives men additional attractive sexual options–more supply for his demand–it by definition takes some measure of price control away from women. As a result, the cost of real sex can only go down, taking men’s interest in making steep relationship commitments with it. [Premarital Sex in America, 98-99].

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