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Exploring Links Between Romance Novels And Porn

According to a Christian psychologist, romance novels can cause emotional addictions in women, leading to unbalanced behavior and losing touch with reality. Apparently, romance novels function for women just like porn functions for men, creating unrealistic fantasies that becoming addicting, while promoting dissatisfaction with one’s real relationships. Fans of the romance genre are protesting this view as one-sided, claiming that romance novels validate women’s emotional experiences and provide imaginative ways for women to explore what different kinds of relationships might be like. The fans, along with Salon writer Tracy Clark-Flory, assert that readers of romances are, indeed, intelligent enough to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Like any other literary or film genre, romances contain stock plots and stereotyped characters; and, like any other genre, there is a pretty obvious line where the stories depart from reality. Continue Reading →

Porn Research: Does Porn Help or Hurt?

In my opinion, a good deal of the research that has been done on the effects of porn use is sex negative and doesn’t focus on the average user. Instead it focuses on the potential for harm related to pornography use. But how can you research harm without researching the average user? Pornography Research Online is trying to do a different kind of research by targeting a more diverse group of porn users to see how they use it, why they use it, and what it means to them. The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and includes multiple choice and open ended questions. Continue Reading →

Feminist Porn Award Nominees Announced

The Feminist Porn Award (FPA) nominees were announced just recently. 2011 marks the sixth year for the FPAs, and it just seems to be getting bigger and better each year. Who says there’s no porn out there that doesn’t degrade women? This year there are over 50 nominees, which means that many of us will be extremely busy trying to watch all of the movies and websites we haven’t seen yet. Having only seen 3 of the movies and 6 of the websites, I have my work cut out for me. Continue Reading →

Erotic ESP?

Check out this article from the Edmonton Journal about a pending study involving people appearing to have ESP, but only when the concealed pictures were of an erotic nature.  Apparently thinking about sex makes us psychic.  Makes perfect sense to me. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. You can also follow Craig VanKempen, the author of this post, @craigvk and make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →

Is That You, Grandma? Welcome to the Elder Porn Industry.

I’ve posted about how sex can get better with age, but when I stumbled across Time magazine talking about the elder porn industry, I literally went “what?” out loud. While I’m a sex educator and consider myself to be fairly open minded, I wasn’t at all familiar with what Time labels “Japan’s booming sex niche: elder porn”. At first I thought that maybe they were going along with the Hollywood idea of “elder” and maybe it was pornography that included women into their 40s (in Hollywood, I feel like that’s considered old now). However, I was entirely off base. Continue Reading →

Porn, Addiction, And The Brain: Neuroscientists Weigh In

When Dan Savage and our own Debby Herbenick discussed porn addiction, among other fascinating sex topics, they agreed that porn addiction is not, in fact, an actual addiction (meaning there is no physical component making one become addicted to porn, though it can become a compulsion). An essay by a neuroscientist evaluating scholarship on the topic backs up their claim, stating that there is no peer-reviewed scientific work proving that porn addiction occurs at the chemical level in the brain. The differences between an addiction and a compulsion may be slight, but hopefully more research is forthcoming. Continue Reading →

Gay Porn Studio Fined By Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA recently fined gay porn studio Treasure Island Media $21,470 for allegedly putting employees in danger by exposing workers “to semen and other potentially infectious materials.” Treasure Island often makes barebacking porn (sex with no condoms, usually gay men) which carries many risks. I’m curious how this will affect the debate over condom use in straight porn. Thoughts? Continue Reading →

New Blog: Festivus Porn

Festivus, made popular by TV show Seinfeld, is a holiday celebrated on December 23rd in which participants erect an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, air their grievances, practice feats of strength (wrestling), and labeling easily explained events as Festivus Miracles. The idea is to get away from the whole commercialism thing. In order to get away from awful Christmas themed porn, the Festivus Porn (NSFW) blog was born. Continue Reading →

2011 AVN Awards Nominations

The 2011 AVN Awards Nominations (pdf) are out and you’re more than welcome to comb through all 74 pages of it like I did if you’re a sex toys and porn nerd like me. But if you’re not, or you just have better ways to spend your time, let me just sum it up for you. It’s a lot of the same industry porn as usual with titles that do more than just border on the offensive. But the great news is that we’re seeing more and more independent companies with loftier visions of human sexuality being nominated for awards. With the addition of sex toys and sex toy companies this year we got to see even more of this. Continue Reading →