The General Social Survey Ignores Porn
According to a March 29 Washington Post article, “The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high,” the most recent General Social Survey has found that young guys are having sex much less often, and there is no big change for other age groups.
The usual, clueless suspects have been surprised, but I’m not. These analyses are wide of the mark, though. The General Social Survey overlooked the real reason for the decrease in sexual activity: porn.
Porn Is a Spur to Change
Young guys are looking at more porn than ever, and that’s because you can stream it so easily on your iPhone. Nobody controls you, nobody watches — no nothing. It’s just you and your device.
Young women, too, have greatly increased the amount of porn they watch, although that doesn’t seem to have affected the quantity of their sexual encounters. Maybe it’s because young women — in the very prime of life — find it easier to partner up than do young men, their faces still puffy with acne.
Porn is a spur to change the quality — not necessarily the quantity — of your sex life. With porn, young men and women get new ideas about all kinds of experimental things they’d like to do. As long as these things don’t involve children or animals and are fully consensual, that’s fine.
So the guys become enmeshed in “quality” fantasies while the young women experience both increased quality and quantity. They have the best of all possible worlds.
Is there inequality between the sexes here? Yes, and it’s outrageous….
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