32 Things You Can Learn From Porn

Pornography is not meant to be sex education. It’s fiction, period.

Nevertheless, with the enforced ignorance of abstinence-only sex “education,” most families’ and couples’ discomfort discussing sex seriously, and mainstream Christianity’s taboos about sexual reality, most people find themselves needing more information about sexuality.

If they’re fortunate, they manage to find a smart book or two, a reliable website or two, and maybe even an enlightened, open-minded, communicative sex partner. Anyone lacking all three who wants sex information inevitably turns to porn, whether intentionally or unconsciously.

Unfortunately, many young people don’t realize that porn is not a documentary. Lacking porn literacy or media literacy, they’re ignorant about editing, off-camera preparation, and other normal features of film-making.

While some people assume that sex is—or should be—like what they see in porn, every good sex educator cautions against this. The most recent set of caveats comes from my good friend, journalist and sex educator Michael Castleman.

While I agree with most of his excellent article (I’ve said similar things myself over and over), let’s not forget the helpful things consumers can learn from porn.

This is NOT, NOT, NOT to say that everything people learn from porn is good. Puh-leeze—any 17-year-old who thinks his next girlfriend is dying for anal sex or a chance to blow the pizza delivery guy is in for a shock. And it’s always too bad when men think most women climax from 90 seconds of intercourse (although the antidote is pretty straightforward: simply telling a guy ‘that’s not me,’ no apology necessary).

That said, here’s a reminder of helpful things that porn can teach us about sex.

WAIT, ONE MORE TIME: I know, I know—porn also contains many inaccurate, even egregious lessons. But if we take them seriously—and, fortunately, not every porn consumer believes the fantasies of porn—let’s also take the following positive helpful lessons seriously.

Many of these are positive lessons sex educators have been teaching for years:

  1. Men can touch their penises during sex
  2. Women can touch their vulvas during sex
  3. Spit works for lube
  4. Some women sometimes desire sex without romance
  5. Telling each other stories can make sex hotter
  6. Men can climax using their own hand
  7. Some women think about sex in advance
  8. Women sometimes insert the penis into their vagina
  9. Men sometimes insert their penis into a vagina
  10. If the penis comes out during intercourse, you can simply put it back in
  11. Some women like fellatio
  12. Some women like cunnilingus
  13. Some men like fellatio
  14. Some men like cunnilingus
  15. Some women like anal sex
  16. Some men like anal sex
  17. Vulvas can look really different from each other
  18. Some women use and enjoy vibrators and dildos
  19. Some men like their balls squeezed during sex
  20. Pregnant women can be sexual
  21. Whether during intercourse, oral, or manual sex, the clitoris can be important
  22. The volume of ejaculate is not related to penis size
  23. Sex is more than penis-vagina intercourse
  24. Some women have orgasms
  25. Some older women are sexual
  26. Older women can be attractive to younger men (and vice versa)
  27. People can have sex with people of different races
  28. People can smile and talk to each other during sex
  29. People can indicate to each other what they like during sex
  30. Some women shave/wax, others don’t
  31. You can happily ejaculate outside a vagina (onto a leg, chest, butt, belly, lower-back tattoo, or your own hand)

WHATEVER your sexual fantasy, you’re not the only one who has it.

The Young Turks discuss why a Dutch porn channel dedicated to female-friendly porn is doing incredibly well; as well the difference betwen male-porn and female-porn.

About The Author

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Dr. Marty Klein

Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 31 years. Dr. Klein has written 7 books—his latest Sexual Intelligence—and has authored over 100 articles. Marty is a rare professional: truly expert in his subject, comfortable on live TV and in front of audiences, and extremely funny. His wit and expertise make him a frequently—quoted expert appearing in Newsweek, the New York Times, and even Ann Landers. Subscribe to Dr. Kleins blog at: SexEd.org, follow him on Twitter and YouTube.

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