The question ‘Why Men Like Porn?’ is as insightful as it was in the seventies. When the advent of new media brought new forms of entertainment it seemed natural that there would be an inclination to try new ones. With the advent of adult films men have become more willing to explore their sexual fantasies. This in turn has led to the rise of the term ‘pornographic’ and its usage as a collective term referring to those materials which involve people enjoying and engaging in eroticism and masturbation.

In her brilliant article entitled, “Why Men Like Porn” Andrea Dworkin makes interesting points about why men view pornography so differently to the way they view certain ‘non-pornographic’ materials such as books or movies. She shows that whereas women may have been subject to sexual harassment in the past such as being publicly humiliated by men as in the pornography industry men view erotic material as a form of self-expression and a means of escaping from painful memories of the past. Pornography therefore provides a sort of escape and an opportunity for sexual exploration and expression. Men view porn in much the same way and are just as eager to indulge in such activities.

But what is the cause of this difference between women’s and men’s attitudes to pornography? What is the source of the perception that all men are incapable of acting on their sexual fantasies without the consent of the women involved? This seems to come from the radical feminist viewpoint of the seventies. However, I submit that this is not the reason why men like pornography so much. It seems more likely that we have a very distorted view of reality, and this distorted view gives us the excuse that we need to satisfy our fantasy on a regular basis.

Among the reasons why men like pornography the most is the fact that it provides them with a fantasy that involves the most basic elements of lovemaking. The whole idea is that sex is at the center of the act and that true love is therefore totally different from physical sex. Pornography therefore enables us to turn the basic idea of love and intimacy into the most outrageous sexual experience possible. We thus have a fantasy that involves no risks, no pain, no long hours of foreplay, no intimacy, no real exchange of ideas, and just some easy and fast sex. Is it any wonder that we spend so much time thinking about how to be better lovers?

The later writings of the American radical feminist anti-pornography movement later on were more convinced that men were in fact viewing pornography for sexual stimulation rather than just relaxation. They also claimed that pornography was often used to satisfy sadistic sexual fantasies. However, the later writings do not entirely agree with one another regarding which were the main reasons why men watch pornography.

In this article, I will try and examine the question why men like pornography and what factors contribute to this addiction. The first factor is that pornography is not only about eroticism, but also involves several other elements such as sadism, voyeurism, and sometimes even gender roles. It is therefore not surprising that when we talk about the reasons why men watch pornography, we often come up with a list of sexual fetishes and wish lists that include things like breasts, thongs, panties, feet, and buttocks. Some men watch pornography as a means of arousal, but then there are others who get pornography simply for the fun of it. There are even those men who like to view pornography as a way of taking women for granted or even as a way of relieving themselves of personal responsibility, for example, while other men find pornography simply fascinating, interesting and even educational.