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Is it Okay for Lesbian & Gay Teens to Watch Porn?

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Question: Is it Okay for Lesbian & Gay Teens to Watch Porn?
Lesbian and gay teens often come across porn (short for pornography). This can raise a few questions!
Answer:

When it comes to porn (which basically refers to depictions of sex or nudity) everyone feels differently. Some are morally opposed. It makes others feel uncomfortable. And a lot of people find it arousing.

Of course, teens need to realize that if they are under 18, it is actually illegal for them to look at porn. Still, plenty of teens will come across porn before this time. If they do, they should realize that while it might be arousing, most porn doesn't reflect reality.

Here are some common issues:

  • Idealized bodies. Men often have huge penises and women often have huge breasts, thin bodies and shaved pubic hair.
  • Appropriation of labels. "Lesbian" porn is often geared towards straight men's fantasies, and rarely reflects typical sex between women.
  • Lack of communication. Couples in porn rarely have to discuss sex and yet have mind-blowing orgasms and intuitively know each others needs.
  • Safety. Condom use is rarely highlighted, despite the very real risks of unprotected sex.

The decision to look at porn is a personal one. But if it is something you decide to do, keep in mind that gay and lesbian teens aren't usually the audience that the filmmakers have in mind, and teens in general may not actually be as comfortable with porn as the expect!

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