Porn Again: Readers discuss our take on porn addiction

Readers discuss our take on porn addiction.

Porn Again

Online readers comment on "Teen Porn 101,"by Paul Knight, February 18:

Sex shaming: The part of this article that I don't understand is, why are pornography and masturbation taboo? When people reach the age where they're curious about their bodies, naturally masturbation is going to occur. If people are taught that their body or a specific organ on their body is taboo, then it promotes a shameful outlook on sex in general. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sex. There is absolutely nothing wrong with masturbation!

If you shame a child for being curious about their own bodies and the bodies of others, self-esteem issues occur. While a six-year-old should not be exposed to such materials, if a 12-year-old is going through puberty, he's gonna figure out that if you choke the chicken it feels good, regardless of his exposure to pornography.

Sex is a healthy expression of affection, a natural pain and stress reliever and scientifically proven to be one of the best cardiovascular workouts. Leave the kid alone and let him jerk it! He'll be a happier individual.

Nathan White
Pasadena

Hmm: "More and more adult theaters were erected between 1960 and 1970..." Interesting choice of words.

Melissa Lansing
Alvin

Engaged to an addict: I did not know about porn addiction. What led me on my search was my fiancé looking at porn for up to five hours a day. I realized there were other men like this — men who had willing and eager sexual partners but chose to look at porn. Finally, when my boyfriend was late to work again at a good job, I told him, "porn or me." He chose porn. I don't know how he justified it, but he did.

Eventually, we got back together. It seemed like every time I left the room, I would come back to him quickly clicking off porn in between playing video games. We are in our twenties and have not had the same early access to the Internet as "Ethan" has, but we are still a generation of gamers and techies — we are both gamers.

My boyfriend was unmonitored as a kid. He would proudly tell stories of his teen years, when he slept four hours a night during the summer and set his alarm clock to play games during peak hours when people were online. I'm sure it was during this time that he began to gain more and more access to porn (from what I hear).

Porn addiction is real — and I have watched it devastate a five-year relationship. I didn't realize what an awful thing it was. Thank you for writing this article, Houston Press.

Anonymous
Houston

No threat: So out of the 90 percent of teens who have been exposed to Internet porn, you could only find two or three that became addicted to it. I don't get it. Where is the threat?

Joshuaism
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The Cable Company

Online readers comment on "DirecTV Caves to Social Media Pressure and Eventually Helps Stroke Victim," Hair Balls blog, by Paul Knight, February 18:

Fast travel: I'm glad to hear DirecTV relented on this obviously gross oversight on its part. My father suffered this same type of stroke a little more than 19 years ago, so I know the kind of problems these folks are having to go through. I've been a customer of DirecTV now almost 11 years. The company has been pretty good to me over time, but I wouldn't hesitate to drop it like a flaming potato if it had not chosen to do the right thing on this matter­. Bad manners travel fast nowadays. God bless this family. I wish them the very best.

Mike 'Stu' Stuhler

Excellent! I'm so happy for the family for taking their case to the American public through Twitter and Facebook. All companies will be wise to pay attention to these important social media sites and keep their online ears "peeled" for the good as well as bad comments, and then respond accordingly.

I applaud the district manager, who apparently is using social media in the right way, by responding to his customers and for correcting this situation.

Terri Brooks

Kudos? Kudos for who? DirecTV gets no credit from me for "doing the right thing." They bullshitted the little guy because they knew one crippled man and his son couldn't do shit. Once they got their friends involved, DirecTV went all, "Ah crap, word got out that we're dicks. Guess we gotta pay."

This is the way the world works. The people have much more power than we let ourselves think. We all complain about the prices of everything, but if we all got together and said, "Yo, fuck that," companies would be forced to listen.

DirecTV in this situation was just another bully that picked on a little guy until the little guy's friends came by and asked, "Is there a problem here?" That's all it is. Typical bully behavior, till they get called out on it.

Earl
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The Band Wagon

Online readers comment on "10 Music Writers Walk Into A Bar, Decide Bands Should Get Off Their Lazy Asses," Rocks Off blog, by Brittanie Shey, February 18:

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