Yes, yes it has. But not porn like what we have today.
I want you to have this background because chances are, your kids may make exactly this argument. They have a natural healthy drive, time to do a little research, and they’ll argue you into a corner to get what they want.
If we define pornography as art that is meant to arouse, then yes, people have made erotic art since cave-man days.
This generation of porn is different
What you find at a porn site is not what past generations grew up with.
What we see all around us now, on billboards, on tv, in film, is what used to be called soft-core pornography. A little nudity, a risque outfit, a suggestive dance move. That was pornography.
What we call porn now was never available when we were growing up. Even in the 1980’s, when hard-core porn started taking off, those videos were difficult and expensive to obtain.
With the rise of the internet came internet porn. The pornography sites quickly found that users craved more extreme sex. That is how young people see ever increasingly ‘hardcore’ content.
Now, hard core porn dominates.
Since this new thing is in our kids’ environment, the best thing we can do as parents is to acknowledge it, and educate our kids against it.
Don’t let your kid tell you that everyone watches porn, they always have, and it’s normal.
These conversations will reap huge benefits, not just for your child, but for every one of their future potential partners.
We’re all in this together, and I’ve got your back.
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