Porn has become a something of a sub-cultural all in itself. From the innumerable websites hosting anything from videos to pictures to webcams, it is a virtual treasure trove of intertwined bodies. Society has deemed porn a “man” vice, used only by men to obtain orgasm. It has recently come to light that the excessive use of pornography as stimulation may have some negative side effects. What isn’t much talked about is the use of pornography by women.
Women are becoming more open in this modern day world and more and more of them are admitting to watching pornography. Many women are admitting to using porn for various reasons. Amongst these reasons are:
- Searching for sexual positions
- Looking at the attractive men
- Comparing our bodies to those of the female actors
Women, it seems, are just as likely to watch porn as men. While women may be more covert than men in their habits of pornography watching, it does still occur. And from many studies that have been recently released it happens more often than one might think. A 2010 Forbes story delved into the SEC where 17 members had been found with large quantities of porn downloaded onto their hard drives. 16 of these members were found to be men, but 1 of them was a woman. Upon searching her hard drive it was found that she had attempted to access pornography a total of 1,800 times in the span of 2 weeks. It was also mentioned that she had 600 images saved to her hard drive. Many men can attest to having that amount of porn on their computers, but for a woman to have been found with that amount is almost unheard of in today’s media.
Society has made women feel that they cannot express their sexuality and in turn makes them feel like they have to hide it or risk being called derogatory names. Women are seeking a release and turning to pornography seems to be the go to source. It can be done in the privacy of your own home without the judgmental society outside peeking in through the closed blind slats. Women can feel empowered again by taking control of their own sexual prowess.
The society of today has changed greatly since the society of the 1940’s and 1960’s. There used to be a time when a woman showing their ankle was considered far too risky. Kisses on television were limited to 3 seconds. Bathing suits had to fit a certain way and cover a certain amount of skin. The television of yesteryear is precisely that, it has been replaced with shows of women clothed in skimpy dresses and bikinis. You can’t even see a car commercial without seeing a sexy woman in a sleek, skin tight dress carefully removing herself from the car oh so gracefully. Women and pornography have a long way since the days of covered ankles. We have paved a bumpy road for future generations of women to speak out and say “Yes, I am a woman, and yes I have sexuality.” The days of burning bras has come and passed and we have now moved on to burning bridges of female sexuality.
Written by NoFap user Christi S.