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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 ethical 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.
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.
Porn is a waste of time and resources.
Watching pornography can present immediate or latent consequences that may present ethical concerns in romantic relationships or family life.
People can become addicted to pornography which is problematic.
The viewer may begin to objectify people in their life, in a similar fashion as they're shown in pornography.
Watching porn might give you a misrepresented image of sex, hence might harm your self-confidence or body image.
People working in the porn industry are treated badly, and often exploited.
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