All About Pornography

Pornography, more commonly referred to as porn, consists of sexually explicit material intended to sexually arouse. Today porn is viewable at the click of a button by anyone with an Internet connection, though also comes in the forms of literature, audio, magazines, and more. What effect has the ubiquity of porn had on us? Is it a harmless pastime or a pernicious addiction? A fun way to add spice to a couple's life, a relationship destroyer, or the potential for both? 

The debate continues over whether pornography is detrimental to our sexual development and mental health. Detractors say it damages our intimacy and relationships. Proponents say it may help stem sexual offenses and promote a greater understanding of sexual diversity. Regardless of the final verdict, pornography continues to be a sensitive subject for most.

Recent Posts on Pornography

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Ryan Anderson on April 25, 2016 The Mating Game
People often wonder what other people do in the bedroom. The evidence might surprise you.

Political Values and Sex Research

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 Women Who Stray
Most people conducting sex research and therapy tend to be liberal. What are the implications of this, for the field, and its impact in media and society?

Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

By Sue Johnson on April 21, 2016 Hold Me Tight
When is the line crossed from porn use to porn addiction? When is porn eroding your connection with your partner?

Shaming Men Doesn't Build Healthy Sexuality

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 09, 2016 Women Who Stray
Fear and panic-based dialogues about pornography are isolating men, shaming them and preventing conversations about how to help men be sexually healthy.

Is Porn Really the Problem?

Does watching porn affect young men's virility?

Struggling With Sex

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 04, 2016 Minority Report
How can a 30-year-old man have erectile dysfunction? How much of this is related to his compulsive masturbation to pornography?

Sense and Sensibility - and Sexting? A Wake-Up Call

Teen girls are at risk from social media, pornography and sexual pressures. What are the dangers and what can we do? Here are the stories, as told by Nancy Jo Sales.

Teen Sexting in Perspective

Is sexting really "the new normal" among teens? Here's what research says plus some practical ideas for parents.

Does Pornography Demean Women?

Some porn may be ugly or distasteful. But the idea that it "demeans women" is essentially a rejection of female sexuality.

Technology and Addiction Recovery

Can digital devices help you stay sober?

How Do You Define What Is 'Sexually Normal'?

By Ryan Anderson on March 14, 2016 The Mating Game
Do you ever wonder if what you do or think about is 'normal'? New evidence suggests that some of what we once thought was 'sexually unusual' is actually reasonably common.

5 Sex/Relationship Myths Therapists Should Stop Believing

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 12, 2016 Women Who Stray
Things your therapist believes, but shouldn't.

Teens and Porn

The internet has definitely made sexually explicit pictures and videos easily and widely accessible to anyone wanting to partake in a peep show and that includes your teen.

Is My Penis Small? Is My Vagina Large?

Internet search statistics show that we aren't who we think we are.

We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 Women Who Stray
A response to Dr. Philip Zimbardo's exhortations about the dangers of porn

Is Porn Good For Us or Bad For Us?

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on March 01, 2016 Hero
Regardless of how you might feel about porn’s value, we need to be asking: What is porn doing to us and are we OK with that?

How to Fantasize: Sex, Religion, Politics

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 Ambigamy
Blaming politicians for lying is like watching a few hours of porn and, while cleaning up after yourself, cursing the porn stars for pretending they’re in love.

Caught: Negotiating the Discovery of Your Man’s Porn

Finding your lover’s porn needn’t ruin a partnership. In fact, it can often bring about greater understanding and compassion

Porn Can Destroy Relationships. But It Doesn't Have To.

Discovering a partner’s surprising porn-viewing habits can be disturbing, but it can also be a gateway to greater understanding and compassion.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

An Unusual Response to a Sex Survey

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 29, 2016 As You Like It
From a man who likes having sex with women but is fascinated with penises, posts photos of his penis online daily, and is aroused by transgender porn and male genital torture.

Forensic Misuse of Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Women Who Stray
Despite sex addiction not being an accepted diagnosis, people keep trying to use it as a way to stay out of jail, keep their kids, or to hang onto their career.

Evidence Mounts: More Porn, LESS Sexual Assault

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 14, 2016 All About Sex
Several natural experiments show that as access to porn increases, rates of sexual assault DECLINE.

Defensiveness Hinders Recovery From Addiction

Commitment to recovery is undermined when defensiveness minimizes the impairment, make others responsible for it, or attacks solutions for failing to meet some arbitrary condition.

2015 Best and Worst Sex List

It was a wild year for sex! Here are 25 of the most intriguing, perplexing, and stunning sex stories this year.

The Sexual Call of the Holidays

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 29, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Grindr, an app for gay men, had a 15% rise in activity on Thanksgiving and usually experiences a 30% to 50% increase on Dec. 25, according to an article on "Marketwatch.com."

Are Men More Sexual than Women?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 28, 2015 The Human Beast
Marked differences between male and female sexuality was supported by solid evidence around the globe. Such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.

No Mabel, You DON'T Have to Compete With Porn Actresses

By Marty Klein PhD on December 22, 2015 Sexual Intelligence
Comparing yourself to porn actresses--and feeling resentful? Here's an alternative.