Porn Should Be Illegal

Do you think you’re out of the woods of addiction if you don’t drink or do drugs, but come to the same website every night to pleasure yourself? Think again.

Firstly, to figure out if someone is addicted to something, we have to figure out what defines an addiction. When someone consumes something they enjoy, their brain releases dopamine, which is what causes them to feel good about something. For example, when you eat a tasty pizza, play a fun videogame, or do a hobby you like, your brain releases dopamine. However, if you repeat the same dopamine-producing act over and over again, the amount of dopamine released in your brain decreases, making you enjoy it less. This is the science behind something “getting old.” When someone repeats a stale meme for the 1000th time, it isn’t funny anymore because it releases no dopamine.

In order to make up for the lost dopamine, many will consume the same product over and over again, which will add up how good they felt earlier with quantity rather than quality. Every time, the consumer will have to consume more and more of the same product to attempt to replicate their original experience. This applies to food, drugs, alcohol, video games, sex, and porn.

When I learned this, I refused to believe that most of what I do is only because of an animalistic desire for my brain to produce more of a chemical, because there is something more to life than that. However, when applying that science to addictions, it makes perfect sense. There is no higher purpose to drinking, doing drugs, or watching porn. People only do these things for the release of pleasure.

But many readers will see porn listed next to drugs and booze, and be puzzled. After all, they only get told that drugs and alcohol are bad in seminars and school assemblies. Drugs and alcohol cost money, and porn doesn’t. Drugs and alcohol are physical objects that you put in your body, porn isn’t. And to top it off, many figures and talking heads who are very intertwined with today’s postmodern culture will tell you that frequent masturbation is healthy for you, and some even go as far as suggesting that men need pornography as a sedative to keep them from being upset with the system.

That is the end effect, and often the intended goal of the mass and free distribution of porn. But how do people get to that state? We can apply the effects of any kind of addiction along with the unique effects of porn addiction to a person to see what is being done to millions of young men today.

Firstly, masturbation of any kind reduces a man’s testosterone, the hormone that makes men manly, and this effect is exemplified by consuming pornography. A Japanese study consisting of 28 men going 7 days being abstinent found that between the 2nd and 5th day, testosterone levels remained around the same, but on day 7, serum testosterone levels skyrocketed by 145%. This means that at day 7, their T levels had almost went up by 2.5 times over. Now, the exact percentages on specific days can be debated, with perhaps genetics or environment having an effect on the timing, but it cannot be denied that overall, abstinence will increase your testosterone, making you more assertive, focused, strong, and attractive. This is backed up by another study that went on for 3 weeks, showing a duller but definitely present increase as well.

In contrast, there are also studies that exist that many people who probably have too many wanks themselves like to use to cope with that fact that they are addicted as well. They claim that in these studies, they had men masturbate and found no decrease in testosterone. This is flawed because most likely, these men were already probably masturbating frequently. If your testosterone is already lowered, simply starting a study to watch as you go about your daily life as normal isn’t going to change anything. I guarantee if you found those same men and make them practice abstinence, their T receptors would be more receptive, if their serum T levels didn’t go up altogether.

Knowing these relevant facts, the cake is baked that abstinence in general can build up a man’s T levels. But what about when the effects of pornography are added in? To begin, porn is unrealistic. It is video footage of sex that is purposely exaggerated and deviant for marketing purposes, because the better the sex is, the more dopamine is released. So compared to a man using his imagination, a man watching a porn video will exponentiate his pleasure. After all, who guessed, addictive products addict people, even if they aren’t realistic. And the more addictive a product is, the worse the side effects are of that addiction, so the downside for the man watching porn is he will have even less testosterone than the man who isn’t.

Unfortunately though, it goes even further than that. Yourbrainonporn.com tells us that porn is in fact so unhealthy for you, that like actual hard drugs that can kill people, consuming pornography can fry your brain’s dopamine receptors and deplete your brain of its supply, making your life outside of your incognito browser dull and sad. This what happens when an addiction is taken to such an threshold, one that is easily reached with pornography, which yourbrainonporn.com says can rival the dopamine levels reached with alcohol, nicotine, morphine, and even heroin. This is further reinforced because the exact receptors affected by both sexual arousal and shooting up are the same. So when you subject yourself to deviant, unnatural depictions of sex acts, you are putting your brain through a similar experience to doing heroin. Additionally, the practice of trying to replicate the original hit of pleasure will bring people to pick up disgusting fetishes, and while this is rarely talked about, it can lead to mental illnesses or repulsive, illegal tendencies, such as gender dysphoria or pedophilia.

Alongside producing a sedated, servile class of men to be ruled over easily, the ways in which porn is often produced is also an injustice, and actually should have many feminists angry. Often, girls entering the industry are financially struggling, and perhaps have people to provide for. Using their bodies is the only way they can make money, it seems. Is this not prostitution? Is a woman getting paid to have sex become not prostitution and perfectly normal once someone gets out a camera and posts it online? Are they not being taken advantage of? Let’s keep in mind that prostitution is illegal in many states and countries for a reason. Also, what about those trying to leave the industry? They will be forever able to be seen naked on the Internet, which can end many employment opportunities with one internet search. For a practice that degrades women in such a way, you would think that mainstream feminist groups would be up in arms about this, but for some strange reason they post schizophrenic tweets about “normalizing sex work” in all caps instead.

Finally, we get to the most egregious, evil practices of Pornhub that should make anyone see red.

There are further tweets in that thread explaining how some videos took longer than others to be taken down, and collected ad revenue all the while. There are many such cases like this not spoken about as well. With that in mind, there isn’t much explanation needed for why Pornhub as a corporation should be disintegrated and the pornographers criminally prosecuted.

In response to this, libertarians like to say that the government has no right to regulate the industry, just like any industry. My response is this: Of course it does, you idiots! Not only is the porn industry intensely immoral, degenerate, and physically unhealthy, but it is also literally profiting from child porn. I understand libertarians want everyone to make their own decisions without government intervention, which is their way of saying they don’t care about anyone else’s well being but their own, but if they were as moral as they think they are, they would be okay with banning things that hurt people, even if they don’t realize they’re being hurt.

Practically, the solution is very simple. Obscenity laws exist already, and porn easily falls into that category. All the United States would have to do is start enforcing those laws ,and our country would be finally rid of the scourge of pornography.

One thought on “Porn Should Be Illegal

  1. I enjoy your posts, Bartholomew. And this one was good.

    I wouldn’t however focus on biochemical reasons to outlaw porn. By that logic you open a Pandora’s box of outlawing all things that are fun, or release dopamine. Married sex and breastfeeding both release dopamine, and the best videogames are the ones most likely to become addictive. The long term studied health effects of no-fap are questionable and subject to change any time a new study is released. You are better off to derive your moral arguments from a solid and unchanging moral basis, and go with commonly known and accepted consequences of pornography and the abuse thereof, so you don’t run the risk of having inadvertently laid the groundwork for outlawing all enjoyable things in life. Which I’m sure you don’t intend, but you rather intend to protect people from self destruction.
    In our Feminist society, you might get more traction going with the angle that porn degrades women,(and men) encourages sexually aggressive or inappropriate behavior and even sexual attacks, and, if not restricted, can seriously mentally and emotionally harm children who are exposed to it at an age where they are likely to develop lasting unhealthy and debilitating sexual hang-ups because they are unprepared to mentally process the porn they are exposed to correctly in a mentally mature way which they are not yet capable of.

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