What Happened To Porn's Shock Factor?

There’s a big elephant in the room. And it’s wearing frilly knickers and wanking itself silly. Even the Dali Llama probably stumbles across it with increasing regularity because as all roads led to Rome, so all key search words lead to PORN...
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There’s a big elephant in the room. And it’s wearing frilly knickers and wanking itself silly. Even the Dali Llama probably stumbles across it with increasing regularity because as all roads led to Rome, so all key search words lead to PORN...

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There’s a big elephant in the room. And it’s wearing frilly knickers and wanking itself silly. Even the Dali Llama probably stumbles across it with increasing regularity because as all roads led to Rome, so all key search words lead to PORN. Everyone is acutely aware of it but no-one seems to be talking about it or about the implications of it at least.

So now is the time to say the words every modern-day teenager fears most: Let’s have a frank discussion about sex- I’ve seen your browser history…

When I were a lad we used to stashpornor ‘nudie-mags’all over the place, under bridges, in fields, under carpets, anywhere we considered beyond the reach of parents. We would come by it in many ways: dads´ porn stashes were always easily locatable, normally in places as rudimentary as under the bed or in the shed. We would also randomly locate other people’s stashes in the woods or fields while we were roaming the open countryside, maybe previously discovered by an angry wife and furtively disposed of out of harms way.

That’s how porn was back in the day - available but not easily obtained, kinda random. I’m now an adult and have watched the transition from paper to tape to DVD and now the instant at-your-fingertip manifestation we see today. It’s been a pretty quick journey from mysterious woodland booty to unavoidable eye candy, and it’s still evolving.

In the same way that flashing once provided titillation, now-er days, who knows who’s mum is starring in the xhamster.com DIY section, or who’s dad is about to appear in the next chatroulette.com window; cock in hand?

Now-er days, who knows who’s mum is starring in the xhamster.com DIY section, or who’s dad is about to appear in the next chatroulette.com window; cock in hand?

Porn held a mysterious fascination for us 80s kids and I can remember the excitement as a group of 15 year old girls and boys gathered to watch our first porn video Taboo 2 and all tried to style it out like we were not shocked, enchanted or turned on.

Well, it ain’t like that no more! I’m sure children still have the same natural fascination with sex we had back then but how must this freedom of accessibility and abundance of availability affect them? Is it sniggering behind the bike sheds for the cyber generation or is it much darker? What’s the knock-on effect of the reduced shock factor? What was once a videotaped blow job in 1987 is now a full-on bukkake session in 2011, probably just popping up under the key search word ´circle.´

History has proven that the shutting of floodgates in such matters does not work and assuming anti-censorship laws will remain upstanding, we have to accept that this instant access pornography for all is here to stay. Young people will forever faster become that little less innocent. And that’s the future

During the four years I have spent researching and contemplating this article I have already witnessed the range and diversity of free online porn expand and specialise to an ever-increasing degree. We dare not speculate as to where it will all end but there is one hope for humanity: the human tendency to rebel against conformity.

Whilst we oldies had to chance upon porn and therefore found it thrilling, today the opposite is true. In fact, one would have to make a conscious effort to avoid it. And so while for my generation it still feels like illicit contraband, we should hope the potential wankers of tomorrow don’t have that association and turn against it, because we all know that can’t be good for society in the long run. But we don’t like to talk about that.

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