Pornography and the Arousal Template
Each person has an arousal template, which is a pattern of thoughts, feelings, and actions that he/she will find sexually stimulating (i.e., what “turns them on”). Sections of the arousal template are innate and other parts are waiting for imprinting. The natural development of a person’s arousal template can also be redirected, changed, or hijacked by life experiences and external messages. Pornography hijacks and alters a person’s arousal template. Pornography teaches that sex needs no emotional connection, no talking, no playfulness, and no tenderness and so on. Viewers are exposed to an endless stream of unrealistic body parts and sexual acts. Physical aggression and verbal aggression are the norm. Even more troubling is that viewers unconsciously learn to transfer that disrespectful objectification of what they see on screen to real life and interactions with real women and men.