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Is it ethically wrong to watch pornography?
It is not ethically wrong to watch pornography.
Acts of media consumption have a somewhat abstract relationship to ethics. It is difficult, perhaps impossible to draw a clear connection between the act of seeing and personal culpability or responsibility for that which one sees.
Porn is made to promote arousal, entertainment and even escapism. As long as the one watching is an adult that knows what happens in screen may differ from reality, there is nothing morally wrong with it.
Plenty of porn is made in an
and safe way. It is perfectly possible to make choices about what porn you watch so that it is ethical.
Porn gives access to fetishes and habits that would not be accessible otherwise and allows people to explore in a safe way.
Porn can be used to improve a couple's sex life.
Masturbation is natural and beneficial, and porn is a useful masturbation aid.
Watching porn indirectly
prostitution, sexual coercion and human trafficking.
Porn is damaging to relationships.
The time and resources dedicated to porn could be better used to maximize well-being.
People can become addicted to pornography which is problematic.
Watching porn can be harmful for the individual.
Pornography, in its mainstream form, encourages male gaze, objectification of women, and rape culture.
People working in the porn industry are treated badly, and often exploited.
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