Saturday, September 25

Want to Have Safer Sex? Watch Porn

Millennials are having less sex. Well, less sex with other people. Here’s what we can learn from the porn and dating habits of one of our youngest generations. 

Millennials are having less sex. They’re engaging in more committed relationships, they’re masturbating more— and no shock here— they’re watching more porn. Recent polls have shown that nearly just as many women watch porn as men these days. There are a number of sites that supply free porn for women, as well as free porn that focuses on a number of different sexualities, gender identities, races, and even cultures. Arguably— there is now more porn than ever, with better access to it than ever. Which seems to create some pretty crazy ideas about how porn is harming us. However, there are also some sound reasons and studies that show the exact opposite is happening. So we have to ask— can porn actually be good for you?

Exploring Desires 

So here’s the thing— the idea of being tied up while having a lithe woman clad in PVC from head to toe, tickle, poke, and slap you, might sound super-hot. Or maybe you’re more into the sweat laden cuddle puddle of a 7-person orgy? What about the idea of the local delivery guy just showing up and taking away your pent-up boredom? Whatever your particular fantasy is— you probably don’t actually want to explore it in real-life. Or if you do, you have no idea how to go about it, or if it’s even safe. 

This is where porn comes in. Pornography saves us from rope-bondage gone wrong, STIs from too many masked partners, or even destroying our relationships by banging the pizza boy. Porn allows us to explore our dirtiest and wildest fantasies all without the risk— either the risk to ourselves, or to the ones we love. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with engaging in these types of sexual congress— provided you are safe, the sex is consensual, and all parties are fully aware of the risks involved. But sometimes, it’s nice to just take the backseat view and enjoy the idea of these types of out-of-the-norm sexual situations. 

Not only can watching porn help you to better explore your own sexuality in a safe and controlled environment, it can also help give you a better idea of whether or not it’s something you want to try on for size, as opposed to just window shopping. Porn is easily the safest way to engage in imaginative sex, but it can also come with some pretty great health benefits too. 

Masturbation Station

Using porn as your resident spank bank can better your orgasm, increase your libido, and encourage masturbation— and self-love is pretty great. Not just for your physical health, either, but it can also serve to boost your mental health. This double whammy of body and mind boost can improve mood, sleeping habits, as well as decrease blood pressure and the risk of certain cancers. Here’s how:

Male masturbation— far from causing you to go blind— can actually help clear the urogenital tract of harmful bacteria and toxins, which could help stave off prostate cancer. For females— regular masturbation can help familiarize ourselves with…well, ourselves. Making it easier to spot certain types of vulvar cancers. For both men and women, masturbation helps to reduce stress and blood pressure. Throwing out a heady cocktail of a number of beneficial hormones and neurotransmitters, elevating our mood and helping to let go of daily stress build up. One of these hormones is cortisol— which may also help boost our immune systems. 

More than that, masturbation helps to keep our pelvic floor and genital muscle structures in good working order— improving continence, orgasm, and helping to ease some nasty side effects of aging, like erectile dysfunction and muscular atrophy. Perhaps the most important benefit of masturbation is the most obvious one— you decrease your likelihood of getting a chronic or fatal STD/STI by 100%. Which for us is more than reason enough to stick to porn and let the dating pool fizzle.