Pop-Porn Culture – is a culture built around youth. Young women, studly men with defined musculature and barely concealed erections. Us older folk are definitely not the stars of this culture, though we often are its consumers. And yes, that includes many who view themselves as genuine naturists. Showing an ageing body [and it doesn’t have to be that old, just “sexy”] doesn’t feed the culture. So, I guess my images, and those of friends, like Bob, who make their visual appearances here would fall outside of the pop-porn culture. We aren’t celebrities either. We’re normal people who just happen to enjoy being nude. We pick and chose when we will be naked in a public setting – camping, a beach, a naturist community, our home, our private yard … places where we don’t intentionally confront others with our nudity.
I was just reading about an article from Elle that was lamenting the retreat by women in France, from topless bathing. It seems that the primary culprit for this cultural change is not the fear of skin cancer, but because breasts have become so associated with porn, and because social media has had a free hand to promote porn, in spite of protests to the contrary by Facebook, et al. A barely there top is acceptable where a bare breast isn’t. A barely there top is all about sexual titillation. So, after reading the article, I wondered just how much truth there was to the claims. So, I went searching for other articles and found this:
“We are so surrounded by porn and porn culture in today’s society that it’s hard to even recognize what we are actually hearing or seeing sometimes. Think about it. Look at today’s most popular TV shows, the lyrics of the most popular songs on Spotify, and the content of some of the blockbuster movies in theaters. You’ll find one overarching theme:
Sex. Sex. And more graphic sex.
Pop & Porn Culture
It’s so crazy to think that content that was once totally unheard of, is now widely accepted, embraced, and promoted daily in our media.
My friend Bob, shown above and here to the left, is busy as a critical reader for my next novel. There are at least two others naturists who will also be reviewing the book before it is ready for publishing. Bob is a friend on Twitter and at MeWe. He is a friend because he dares to be authentically himself. Unlike so many other men of our generation, and younger, he doesn’t respond to naturist images with “sexy” or with a “dick pic.” I usually find myself blocking those who sexualise images containing nudity. To comment on how “hot” a penis is, or to use heart and kissing emoticons in response, even of an older male feeds the porn-pop culture. Seeing a penis should be understood as simple “seeing” a penis without any qualitative response attached.
I know that I get way too many offers for sex, requests for more full-frontal photos, me a man on the cusp of 70 years of age. It isn’t that I don’t like sex, but I don’t care to be a sexual object for others whom I don’t even know. I can only imagine how it feels for naturist women such as Holly, Lanie, and Joy who often appear in my blog posts. So, what are we to do? Do we retreat from naturism? Or, do we continue to block, report, unfollow those who are intent on taking all innocent images as invitations to sex? I guess if we abstain from posting our images, we might think we are not contributing to the problem of pop-porn. However, I don’t really believe that is true. It is too much like retreating and burying our heads in the sand.
Rather, we need to stop being part of the problem. An example that comes to mind is one man who creates little videos of himself where he wags his penis in time to music. Every time we celebrate an image that is intentionally sexual, celebrate media stars for being nude [think Miley Cyrus] we feed the pop-porn culture. We need to call out all of these occasions for what they are AND provide a “natural” and “authentic” version of what it is to be a naturist.
Of course, this is simply my opinion and I am not the universal authority on anything outside of my limited level of “self” consciousness. What is your opinion about pop-porn?