It is accepted that pornography, in particular "free porn" is the most searched term on the internet. Furthermore, it would be of interest to discover the number of pornographic videos and images in the world, I am certain that they outnumber the number of people on the planet. However, despite this proliferation, pornography is always deemed a social ill, or an evil that children (in particular) must be protected from. The arguments that are rallied to the defence of this position tend to focus on how children report viewing pornography from a younger age and with greater ease. However, I often feel that a trick is being missed by demonising pornography in particular.
I do not doubt that all products of humanity have social consequences, and in the 18th Century, it was the novel that attracted the same moral ire. The novel would degenerate youth, corrupt their minds, lay society in ruins and tatters; yet I am unfamiliar with any modern education system that does not teach literature to its students. If students can critically engage with fantasies in written word, why not use pornography for educational purposes too?