7 Unrealistic Things Mainstream Porn Teaches Us About Sex

Porn has a lot to offer the sexually liberated adult — there are limitless fantasies and orgasms just waiting to be had. What porn doesn't have to offer, however, is a realistic version of sex, which can be problematic if you're a young person watching it to get some pointers. According to a recent British survey, 60 percent of students learn about sex from porn, probably because 75 percent of them think their sex education is poor or inadequate. Sure that's "just" the UK, but given how prudish the United States is when it comes to sex (and sex ed), something tells me that the numbers would be similar, if not worse. We already know that less than 46 percent of males and 33 percent of females in the US receive instruction on contraception methods before they first have sex. So where does that leave us?

With the accessibility of sites like PornHub, YouPorn, and PornTube etc., it's no wonder kids are getting some unrealistic lessons from the internet about having sex. Even the "amateur" videos out there are nothing like the sex you'll probably ever have — at least not the kind you'll have when you're just starting out. So as a reminder of just how far off porn sex is from real life sex, these are seven very not-true-to-life things that porn has to teach us about getting it on.

1. Normal penises are well over 6 inches long.

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We all know porn usually features abnormally well-hung dudes that defy statistics with their massive members. Scratch that — you know who doesn't know this fact? Teenagers watching porn in their formative years, thinking that it's true to life. The average American man's penis size is 5.1 inches, which is not something you'd guess after watching mainstream porn. Sorry kids.

2. Girls go gay for guys.

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In porn, girls love to get with other girls to really get a guy hot. Nothing's more popular than a lesbian fantasy (even straight women prefer watching girl on girl action, it seems) but in porn, it's rarely an accurate depiction. Just try asking a lesbian if she has sex with a partner for male approval (actually, don't). When you see how real life lesbians react to watching mainstream lady porn, you'll know just how much a man-conceived fantasy these scenarios are.

3. Nobody wears condoms.

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Yikes. This one is really dangerous. When was the last time you saw a mainstream porno featuring a fistful of condoms? Yeah, I thought so. Imagine what impressionable young folks are thinking when they watch porn — that they can have sex without any health consequences?

4. Male ejaculation is the main event.

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Since most porn is funded, directed and designed by and for men (with the wonderful exception of feminist porn), male pleasure takes precedence. A majority of videos end with the money shot, because the female orgasm is just a side "benefit" of the sex act, if it occurs as all, right?

5. Sex is supposed to be loud if you like it.

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When was the last time you saw porn that wasn't ornamented with moans and yelps and obnoxiously loud orgasmic exclamations? If making noise is your jam, then go for it, but sometimes silence is golden, and most dirty videos don't put that forth as an option.

6. Women don't have body hair.

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Unless you're searching in a very niche market, most porn that pops up online features women whose genitals seem to be frozen at age 10. However you decide to style your pubic hair is up to you, but for young women watching porn, the pressure is on to wax it all away.

7. Everyone is DTF, all the time.

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In porn, there are few scenarios where the guy is depressed so he can't get it up, or the woman is pissed off and doesn't want to have sex. Getting busy is supposed to be on your terms, too, not just on your partner's terms, but in porn, everybody is ready and willing 24/7. If you grow up thinking this is normal, you're in for a very rude awakening.

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