Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thought of the Week: Vibrator addiction?

But the effect [of porn] is not making men into raving beasts. On the contrary: The onslaught of porn is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women, and leading men to see fewer and fewer women as “porn-worthy.” Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they can scarcely get, let alone hold, their attention. The Porn Myth, Naomi Wolf
Alleged male porn addiction gets good coverage. We are warned that porn propagates rape culture by objectifying women or harms relationships as men satisfy their sexual needs through easily accessible internet porn. I even read claims that porn is preventing men from climaxing during intercourse because we masturbate too furiously.

But shouldn't vibrators raise similar concerns?

Sex in the City made vibrators mainstream and launched numerous ranges of increasingly sophisticated products marketed towards women unwilling to rely on men for their sexual gratification. Unlike men, many women are now comfortable with owning sex toys perceiving them as a form of independence and sexual confidence.

If porn prevents men from seeking and enjoying satisfying sexual relationships, why are vibrators not raising similar concerns? If porn and frequent masturbation is making men impotent, why are high speed vibrators not harming a women's sexual health? Where is the media panic that mere flesh and blood men can scarcely get, let alone hold, a women's attention?

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