Meet the middle-aged men and women warped by internet porn – the Porn-agains.

Society’s anxiety about online porn has been so focused on the young that its impact on the older generation has gone largely unnoticed.

Writing for England’s venerable The Spectator, American-British journalist Cosmo Landesman has taken a first-person look at a largely unnoticed phenomenon he adroitly coins as “porn-agains” — meaning, “the steady pornification of a section of the adult metropolitan middle class”, writes AVN.

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More specifically, Landesman, who is himself middle-aged, single and admits to playing the field, observes, “Porn’s influence has seeped into the British bedroom.

The good news is that there’s a lot more variety on offer; the bad news is that some of it’s pretty scary stuff.

(You try uttering sweet nothings wearing a leather ‘gimp’ mask with wooden ball strapped inside your mouth.)

Between the sheets, educated middle-class women now talk and act like working-class porn starlets.

And middle-class, middle-aged men have a new set of erotic expectations based on what they’ve seen in porn videos. Sorry kids, but Mummy and Daddy have become ‘Porn-Agains’.”

The Porn-agains – Why are these women doing it?

I asked a friend in her late forties — a new convert to pubic annihilation — who after 15 years of marriage found herself back on the dating scene.

She’d asked a long-term male friend what was the first thing she should do now that she was single. ‘Get a Brazilian wax and be prepared for anal sex,’ he told her.

His answer suggests that, like teenage girls, middle-aged women are under pressure to conform to porn’s idea of female perfection.

But where is this pressure coming from? Porn-consuming husbands or lovers?

Or could it be that it’s a way for older women to feel young, fashionable and a touch daring? In the 1920s when a women wanted to flaunt her modernity she took to smoking in public or bobbed her hair; today she watches pornography and removes her pubes.

It’s an engaging read, to be sure, but perhaps not to be taken at face value. One sharp-eyed commenter who encountered a whiff of inconsistency in the article could not help but note harshly of Landesman,

“Anyone who really ‘miss(ed) middle-class reserve and reticence’ would not, perhaps, conduct a shamelessly [promiscuous] sex life and then share the details with 50,000 people?”

“If you want to have any credibility, pick which side you are on and stick to it!”

Read the full article at The Spectator.

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