Is porn still seen as taboo?

Remember the days when pornography was such a big secret? Both guys and girls would run to their room, lock the door, switch on the computer, knock one out and then delete the internet history as if nothing had happened.

It wasn’t as seedy as I am making out, of course more tasteful videos existed for couples wanting to bring back that spark into their sex life, but even still it was all hush-hush and viewed behind closed doors.


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In recent years though, porn isn’t considered as taboo as it used to be. I remember at secondary school when the guys would get out their phone and boast about how they found this new video and everyone just had to watch it. This started to make porn more of a social activity rather than something you watch in your own time and it wasn’t taken as seriously. Teachers of course still went mad and would happily confiscate phones when there was vulgar content on it, much to the disappointment of the group of lads at the back who had just hit puberty and had yet to experience the real thing. It was about as ‘cool’ as they were going to get if they had the latest hardcore scene from a pornstar they all knew the name of.

And without generalising, it was often men who spoke about porn but now, especially with the release of the erotic novels Fifty Shades of Grey, women feel the need to express how much they enjoy reading about other people’s sex lives.
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy could be seen as a massive breakthrough when discussing sex and women everywhere were grabbing the erotic novel and posting quotes from them onto their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Erotic novels have been around forever but there hasn’t been as much hype around them as Fifty Shades of Grey and the character of Mr Grey. The release of the books meant that readers were talking about sex publicly and even the ‘hardcore’ stuff kept popping up in conversation, even the once risky domination and bondage fetishes. Women were fantasizing about this cold-hearted man that was amazing in bed and so it became their own version of porn, although it was written down instead of a video or free teaser trailer.

It isn’t just the rise in popularity of these latest erotic novels; due to the internet and being able to access free porn videos easily, it seems like it has become more socially acceptable to watch it both on your own and with your mates. A popular ‘favourite’ website at the minute is efkut, which hosts a collection of porn bloopers, some disgusting but mostly hilarious. As well as not being seen as taboo anymore, it seems that the whole objective of porn has changed and it is no longer just used to enhance sexual arousal or to finish up a bit quicker. So it raises the question, is pornography just a social thing now and no longer used for kicks? It could be that because it is no longer taboo, the ‘thrill’ has gone from watching an x-rated video and having a wank, making the whole experience less exciting.

Samantha Sadler

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