OK, I’m just going to come right out and say it: I’ve never watched porn.
Is that weird?
How can someone be 48 and never even glimpse porn?
From what the media tells me, kids start watching it on the internet when they’re – this is confronting – 10 years old (and it rewires their brains in really disturbing ways).
It also appears that absolutely everyone else has seen it except me.
Back in 2009, scientists at the University of Montreal launched a search for men who had never looked at pornography … but couldn’t find any.
All the single men they interviewed told them they watched pornography for an average of 40 minutes, three times a week, while those in relationships watched it 1.7 times a week for around 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, a Marie Claire survey of over 3000 readers found nearly a third of women watched porn every week — and 10 percent watched it daily.
I’ve. Never. Ever. Watched. It.
I wonder if that’s why I find the moment when the lovers finally kiss in Jane Austen movies so exciting?
(Is that sweet or a little sad?)
I’m not a total prude, I quite enjoy a saucy movie scene. I found certain parts of Friends With Benefits very compelling, even with Justin Timberlake as the male lead.
But the idea of watching porn has never tempted me in the slightest.
It probably makes me hopelessly naive, but at the same time I kinda like that I’ve never seen anything that can’t be unseen.
That’s not to say I’m lacking in curiosity. I joined the Doubleday Book Club in my early teens so I could get a free, furtive copy of The Joy of Sex delivered to my doorstep in brown paper.
But porn has always seemed kinda … Gross. And I really don’t like the way it gives young men really crappy ideas about what to expect in bed from their girlfriends.
I don’t know why I’m telling you this other than because I had a sudden realisation and went woah!
I mean, it doesn’t feel like I’m missing out, I don’t have even the slightest sense of curiosity about it, but is it abnormal when one in 10 women are watching it every day???
I know, I know, who’s normal anyway?
Song of the day: Salt n Pepa “Let’s talk about sex”