Forty percent of online pornography watchers are adult females. That does not mean they approve of what’s happening in or on the viewed pornography. It can also have a negative affect on how they view their bodies. Even men can have a negative body image reaction to pornography.
Everyday we are exposed to the ideal “thin” body images. Some people want that reaction from their partners, that their partner might give to an actress or a porn star. It’s wanting that reaction that can result in a personal negative body image. In extreme cases, this can lead to an eating disorder or other psychological issues.
Along with the thin body image ideal comes the comparing of body parts such as breasts. While some will exercise to reshape the portions of their body, they aren’t happy with. Others will choose cosmetic surgeries. Many people will try whatever it takes to look like what their partners ideal is, sometimes at the expense of their own personal happiness or health.
Pornography can lead to ideas of what can be done with a partner. The problem comes in when a partner can’t perform up to that expectation. When one partner feels let down and the other is feeling like they can’t perform up to expectations, that can lead to intimacy issues and hard feelings.
Keep in mind that pornography is entertainment. Much like watching your favorite movie, there are things you wouldn’t do or can’t do. Pornography is the same way. Use pornography as a tool for better sex, not the expectation of what will happen.
There’s a time to put the pornography away and focus on your partner. Remind your partner what you see in them. If you suspect there’s an issue with your partner and the ideal of a porn star body, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Keep the lines of communication open. Keep in mind that pornography is only entertainment. Reality is the relationship you have with your partner.