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GSOgymrat:
I noticed that anti-porn activists have recently been citing pornography as a "public health crisis." As Rebecca Watson points out, these Biblical literalists have no problems with science as long as it doesn't challenge their cherished beliefs, such as sex is bad, bad, BAD. “Politicians cite science tactically, not sincerely: ‘You can’t say anymore, ‘We want to get rid of porn because of its wickedness.” But it’s completely legitimate to say, “We want to get rid of porn because it’s a public health crisis like opioids or meth.’” Unfortunately for the prude brigade, there is no good science that proves pornography is bad for individuals or society.

Rebecca Watson also discusses people, some of whom are atheists, who believe "no fap" gives one superpowers. I'm not on Reddit but I vaguely remember reading something about this fad. I confess back when I was a sophomore in college I did this experiment after studying addictions and wondering if I would have trouble not masturbating. I initially decided to stop for a month but then kept going. After five months I had sex with someone and that ended the streak. Not masturbating wasn't difficult and I noticed no changes in my mood, focus, physical ability and sadly didn't acquire telekinesis.



I agree with this psychotherapist:

- Pornography is not an addiction.
- Pornography does not cause sexual, relationship, or mental health problems.
- The anti-porn movement ignores the science of sexology.
- If you struggle with your pornography use, seek a therapist who is sex-positive and doesn't work with the addiction framework.

SGOS:

--- Quote from: GSOgymrat on April 22, 2021, 05:07:16 PM ---Unfortunately for the prude brigade, there is no good science that proves pornography is bad for individuals or society.

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Who needs science when you've got God on your side!

GSOgymrat:

--- Quote from: SGOS on April 22, 2021, 05:13:13 PM ---Who needs science when you've got God on your side!

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Even God needs help when it comes to the dirty, dirty heathens.

SGOS:
And Christian backsliders.

Hydra009:

--- Quote from: GSOgymrat on April 22, 2021, 05:07:16 PM ---Rebecca Watson also discusses people, some of whom are atheists, who believe "no fap" gives one superpowers.
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I'm not sure what started it, but imho it's a mix of people who treat it like a joke (I saw an extra curvy piece of driftwood today, and well...) and a much, much smaller group who legitimately seem to have a hard time (*rimshot*) controlling themselves and desperately want to establish some measure of control, even if it means censorship.  Exhibit A.  I suspect that this "no fap" stuff descends from athletes claiming that they perform better if they hold off before the big game. This is factually incorrect.

In addition to the usual suspects of super religious people and extreme political positions, there's a tiny subgroup of "sex-negative" people who honestly give me the willies (*double rimshot*).  These people essentially consider sex acts to be inherently disgusting, degrading, and/or harmful.  I gotta tell ya, that's a weird stance to take for a species that drops a deuce twice or three times a day or whatever the normal number is.  Basically, sex = bad and whatever logic they have to adopt to get there, they'll adopt it.  Prudes, man.

My hot take is that pornographic art isn't inherently bad, in fact it's a fertile ground for creativity, and I've seen some stuff that's a laugh riot which unfortunately I can never show another living soul.  And masturbation isn't bad either - in fact, there are significant health benefits.  So I don't get the outrage or censorship.

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