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Porn Is Stupid, Sex Is Not: A Look at the Anti-Fapping Movement

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Porn Is Stupid, Sex Is Not: A Look at the Anti-Fapping Movement

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Do you fap? Have you ever heard anyone say that word, ever? No? Ah-hah.

To fap is to masturbate and the anti-fapping movement is an online effort in motivating people (apparently young men) to give it up. You don’t have to look far to see, quite clearly, that this initiative not only has a devoted following, but is also picking up steam. Here’s an excerpt from an anti-fapping motivation thread I found:

“Right, if you feel like fapping you shouldn’t because:

1. It’s only good till you come, then you feel like **** and possibly fall asleep in your own puddle

2. Save it for a girl then its gonna be like phwwwoooaaarrrrr over her titt1ez.

3. If your in front of your computer, you will get bacteria on your mouse/keyboard, then later scratch your eyes after touching them

4. You will need a shower badly. You will stink of it.

5. Your room will need a shower badly. It will stink of it.

6. You will have to clean up”

Then the above cuteness, buttoning their creed.

What’s most exciting, to me at least, about the anti-fapping movement is this notion of showering an entire room. I would love to be able to shower my room, sometimes that’s all it needs to look and feel brand new. I also need to know more about “phwwwoooaaarrrr” sex. Sounds major.

It’s been thrown around that excessive fappery could deplete your testosterone levels to a point of impotence. It also seems to be of popular belief within the community that a good workout or even a run around the block or EVEN a few squats satiates the craving to fap. It’s important to note as well that giving up the habit causes two to three days of withdrawals, so watch out for that. But of course, the first step is having the courage to accept the things that you can’t change, such as: you’re a disgusting fapoholic who is super, super disgusting.

Seriously though, whether you fap or not, this whole thing touches on a broad issue that we all deal with—restraint. Some of us are alcoholics, some of us smoke a bit too much crack on the regular. Everyone has a story and most of us have an addiction or two of our own that could use some addressing. Masturbating to online porn, however, is a new enterprise, in the scheme of the history of vices. Is it  even a vice? The anti-fappers might argue that routine sex with your Macbook’s screen creates distance between you and the realm of touch, your world, your partner. Yet, ask a ride-or-die fapper what they think and they might tell you that porno-sessions are a facet of natural behavior for the modern dude. Or that the accessibility and quickness of porn via the internet allows us to act more promptly on our urges, which is a positive thing.

I borrowed a quotation from a forum called Your Brain On Porn for the title of this article because it voices the position in question simply and elegantly. The question I ask myself now is whether or not I believe the statement. Porn is stupid, sex is not. I mean, porn isn’t necessarily stupid and sex isn’t not not stupid. I’ve seen some very smart pornos and had some very lame, dull, even idiotic sex. If I fall into neither category, then where do I stand? Oh great, now I’m sad. Who am I?

I’ll leave you with this inspirational moment from the same forum thread from which I snagged the article’s title.

“The fly runs towards the fire or lamp thinking that it is a flower and gets burnt up.”

Yeah, I don’t get it either.