Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mormon themed porn... is this really a THING?

Human beings never cease to amaze me.  A person can be turned on sexually by just about anything.  Surf the net and you'll find out how true it is that when it comes to sex, people are amazingly complex creatures.  This morning on Facebook, someone posted an article about Mormon themed porn and how it's become a booming business in Utah.  On the face of it, it seems very strange that Mormonism and pornography should be connected.  Dig a little deeper, though, and you realize that even if the above article turns out to be satirical in nature, if Mormon themed porn isn't a reality now, it will be very soon.  

It's no secret that pornography is popular in Utah.  In fact, according to a Harvard study, "Utahns subscribe to web-based porn more than any other state in the nation and two thirds of subscribers are men."  Why is porn so popular in Utah, where so many people are members of a church that specifically decries its use?  I suspect it has to do with stress relief.  Porn is forbidden fruit to people who have to put out an image of modesty, faithfulness, and religiousness.  No doubt, all that secret porn use causes a lot of guilt and perhaps some jealousy, especially among churchgoing wives who have been taught that anything other than vanilla sex for procreation purposes is a sin.

So take that Mormon righteousness and marry it with a little spicy, exotic sex and what do you have?  Mormon themed porn, right?  I'm sure this is a phenomenon that is not condoned by the LDS church, especially since the sites mentioned in the article I linked are for homosexuals.  Homosexuality is definitely not condoned among devout Mormons, and yet there are plenty of gay and lesbian people who were raised within the church.

Personally, I don't have a problem with most porn, as long as it's made by consenting adults and doesn't involve children or animals.  I figure what turns people on is their own business.  I think the Mormons and other religious groups should probably worry less about what their members do in the bedroom, too.  Maybe if there were less guilt tripping and shaming among religious folks, people would be happier and healthier.  

Remember last year when Brigham Young University: Idaho put out that anti-porn video that got everybody up in arms?  They compared a person with a "porn addiction" to someone wounded on a battlefield.  As the wife of a newly retired soldier, I found that comparison pretty ridiculous.  

Any young guy who looks at porn must be "confused", right?  No... he's probably just really horny because he's not allowed to masturbate or have sex before he gets married.

Sex is part of life.  It's not dirty.  It's just part of being a human.  When you're young, you are specifically engineered to want to have sex.  It's great if you find a willing partner and, if it matters to you, you get married and have sex, right?  But if you're Mormon, the purpose of having sex is to make babies who will grow up faithful to the church and pay tithing.  It's not for fun.

Now... if you and your partner are in agreement that sex isn't just for fun, that's all well and good.  But having sexual urges is normal.  So is masturbation.  And masturbation is the safest sex you'll ever have.  You won't get anyone pregnant or pass on a disease if you masturbate to porn.  Granted, the porn industry can be corrupt and exploitative, but that's another subject for another post.

It doesn't surprise me that people-- BYU graduates, no less-- have realized that Mormonism and pornography can make a winning pair.  They're probably laughing all the way to the bank, too.  Take a strict, secretive religion with lots of symbols and control issues and marry it with eroticism and you get something that probably turns on a whole lot of people who come from that community.  

Still, I know some people who will read this think pornography and masturbation are harmful.  They probably read this article...  I don't want to get too far into whether or not porn ruins marriages.  I think it probably has to do with the people involved and their attitudes toward sex.  The article does mention that people who watch porn may be less satisfied with their spouses.  Maybe that's true.  Or maybe the reason they view porn is because their spouse wasn't cutting it for them sexually... or because they got bored.  

I know within the Mormon community itself, a lot of people get married very young, sometimes to people they don't even know that well.  In fact, just yesterday, someone on RfM posted about that very phenomenon.  If you barely know your spouse when you marry and your focus is on religion, making babies, and being righteous, it's hard to get those sexual urges under control.  And sometimes, that leads to the tragedy of divorce between two decent people who just aren't compatible.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if this budding industry grows even more.  I'll be watching for updates.   

  
             

2 comments:

  1. I knew porn was quite the thing in Utah, but Mormon-themed porn is a new concept to me, I'd probably find it hysterically funny. Among Mormons themselves, one would think that they would turn to porn as an escape and wouldn't be especially drawn to LDS-themed porn, but who knows what floats anyone's boat?

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    1. Well, if you check out the link in the post, you'll see it seems mostly geared toward homosexuals. And yes, what I did see did look kind of funny.

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