“It’s not just porn, kids also see adult material easily through movie trailers, video games, TV channels, etc.”

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Do you think the accessibility of sexual images is causing damage to the sexual health of the upcoming generation? Or do you think that it’s just a natural effect of living in a more liberated society? How did sexual images affect YOUR childhood?

These are comments by Jack, Ophelia and Archy on the post “Growing Up on Planet Porn“.

Jack said:

It isn’t just porn, kids also have an easier time seeing adult material through R rated films, mature rated video games, and tv channels like HBO, all of which either didn’t exist or are now more widely available than they once were. Its simply, a cost of living in a more liberated and free society. The more widely available and easily accessible we make mature content for adults, the easier it is for kids to get a hold of it.

I think the last part of the article however, reads a little too much like a yearning for the good old days for the sake of it. In the last paragraph it seems you aren’t just bemoaning the fact that kids are being exposed to this stuff, but that they no longer have to jump through hoops and have awkward misadventures like the one you described.

Ophelia said:

I think the issue you hit on — one of instant access to pornographic images — might also contribute to what’s sometimes referred to as “entitlement culture”. When you had to make an effort to access your magazines, they were significant, and valuable. When naked, willing ladies are only a click away, it makes them seem as common as pebbles, and maybe feeds into an attitude about how ‘available’ women are to be used as a commodity. Some people would argue that the magazines are just as objectifying, but I think the significance of those women-objects has shifted – the difference between a golden idol and a wad of Kleenex. There have always been men treating women like sex objects, but is the Internet making that attitude more normal? I could be wrong.

Archy responded with:

Doubt it, I saw porn early, saw regular hardcore porn and I got no sense of entitlement from it, all I had was hope that one day I’d have a gf and could have sex n love n happytimes. Porn was just to bide the time until then. 

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  1. Tom Brechlin says:

    I like the good old days when a guy would find a Playboy magazine and we’d sneak into the garage and ogle…. It was more then just looking at naked women, it was the idea we were doing something sneaky. To us, we were taking a big risk if we were caught.

    One of my brothers dated a playboy Bunny … I think it was her that made me a “leg” man. Out of uniform, she had NO BOOBS!!!! But her legs literally turned heads when she walked down the street.

    I like the idea of leaving things to kids imagination. It’s like working in an ice cream shop, you’re around 50 flavors all the time and as cool as it looked at the beginning, it gets pretty mundane and ho-hum.

    Like a lot of the old movies, ya didn’t have to see the entire boob to get the idea what they were. Take a look at some of the movies with frontal nudity or any nudity for that matter. Take out the parts where they get hot and heavy, would it make the movie less interesting? My wife and I watched the movie “Flight”… I think that was the name. It started out with a nude scene. Not sure what it had to do with the content of the movie to show a women parading around naked. Great movie with a great message but with the nude scenes, eliminated a lot of patrons who would have enjoyed the movie..

  2. wellokaythen says:

    We’re in an unprecedented experiment today when it comes to talking about sex.

    American society is moving from one really weird historical era into another really weird historical era. For one thing, the very concept of ‘childhood’ as a totally distinct phase of life in which children have to be kept away from adult conversations and kept away from the topic of sex is a very recent idea, maybe a couple hundred years old. (I’m glad we have that idea, don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying that societies managed for eons without shielding kids from seeing anything sexual. I feel totally creepy just pointing this out.)

    For most of history, kids growing up in farm communities saw pretty much as much sex as adults did, considering that everyone in a family lived in the same small room, the birth rate was high, and considering all the farm animals that needed to be bred and born. People living in towns and cities probably had even less privacy. Trying to keep children innocent by not letting them see sexuality is a pretty recent phenomenon, and stunningly unsuccessful so far, so we should try to keep that in mind when considering what’s “natural” or “healthy” or even “traditional.”

    Now we appear to be swinging (so to speak) to the opposite extreme. A kid growing up on a pre-industrial farm with superhorny parents with no sense of privacy would still see nowhere NEAR as much sex on display as we can via all the media around us. Now we have this weird split personality of repression alternating with media explosion. That’s why we have this other incredibly weird idea that we now take for granted, the idea that “sex is confusing for young people.” Of course they’re confused, they keep getting incredibly bipolar messages. Our society wants to cover up the piano legs so kids are not reminded of the nether regions and at the same time bombard them with images of T and A.

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