Effect of Pornography on Sexual Health and Relationship


Ratna Dewi Kumalasari1), Yogi Pasca Pratama2)

 

1)Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret

2)Faculty of Economic and Business, Universitas Sebelas Maret

 

ABSTRACT

Background: WHO defined health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dys­function or infirmity”. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, dis­cri­mination and violence. Pornography has become a primary source of sexual education, and has a tangible influence on the sex lives of young adults. This study aimed to review the effect of por­­nography on sexual health and relationship.

Subjects and Method: This was a literature review pre-dominantly extracted from an article by Zacharias (2017). The study variables were sexual health and relationship.

Results: Negative effects of pornography in a relationship include (1) diminished sexual and emo­tional fulfilment; (2) pornography undermines the importance of a monogamous re­la­tion­ship; (3) dissatisfaction with the partner’s body; and (4) decrease in desire to be sexually in­ti­mate with one another. Pornography may cause sexual addiction with increased and pro­ble­ma­tic sexual activity distinguished by: (1) sexual compulsion; (2) preoccupation; and (3) on­go­ing se­­xual activities despite negative ramifications.

Conclusion: Pornography causes negative sexual health and relationship.

Keywords: pornography, negative effect, sexual health, relationship

Correspondence: Ratna Dewi Kumalasari. Masters Program in Public Health. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java, Indonesia. Email: logicakinanthi@gmail.com. Mobile: (+62)81330542623.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.02.32

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