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Fantasy vs reality

If you watch porn, it is important to remember that what is depicted in mainstream or extreme porn is often not what actual sex is like. This distinction is important because the expectations we bring to sex should be realistic and not based on what we see in porn. The latter can lead to people feeling under pressure to look a certain way (e.g. no pubic hair) or to perform in a certain way (e.g. maintaining an erection for a long time).

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The videos and the table below explain the differences between porn and real sex in more detail.

Rosey Project Prevention Worker Jordan talks us through the differences between planet earth and planet porn.

 

 

It is not uncommon to be curious about porn, but it is important to understand what messages you may be viewing and the impact these can have.

 

 

Porn can also be problematic due to exploitation in the porn industry. Sometimes people in porn have reported that they have been pressured into doing things that they didn't want to do, and that the industry could be exploitative. It's important to consider whether the people in porn are consenting to everything that is happening.

Remember that porn is fantasy, not reality.

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