Hello 3DX fans! Continuing on with my weird chain of thoughts, and resulting articles, I thought I’d delve into a subject I and many others before me have brushed on before. And that’s the influence of porn, and more specifically 3DX, on our sexuality. Today though, I want to base this editorial on a show I’ve been watching – American Gods, aired by Starz. The show is based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman.
For those who aren’t familiar with the plot, essentially the protagonist Shadow Moon encounters a series of old and new Gods (emigrated to America) engaged in a feud for the monopoly of people’s beliefs. These gods (such as Odin, the queen of Sheba, or the new gods of media and technology) exist and base their power on our beliefs. Hence, their very existence depends on their followers’ continued worship. Without it, they lose power and die. In essence, it’s creation reversed – man created gods and not the other way round. The series has an all-star cast and stunning aesthetic – I highly recommend checking it out.
Now, “how does this relate to 3DX and porn?” you might ask. Well, in my view, it’s simple – the increasing availability and variety in porn are progressively transforming how we interact with each other and how we explore our sexuality. 3DX in particular (and in the same sense hentai) allows us to freely project and explore our wildest fantasies. There are literally no limits to what we can see and enjoy. How is this any different to a religion or faith? Someone at some point first thought up a story and turned it into a religion.
3DX is a response to a need. It combines people’s need for sexual release and the creativity of our imaginations, along with a ton of talent from a variety of artists’ and creators. At some point, someone sat down in front of a computer and a sketchbook and thought “I can use these tools to push the boundaries of porn to explore that need.”
Tens of thousands of years ago, people sat around a fire in a cave and told stories. Those stories were intended to explain the unexplainable, but also to allay people’s’ fears and pass the long nights. With time, people started organizing those stories into religions. Religion is and was a response to people’s needs (for example to provide a community, to control or reassure, etc.). I’m not trying to discredit people’s faith by the way; I’m just talking about religion and the storytelling factor that each separate belief inevitably generates.
But 3DX and porn are more than just virtual representations of sexuality. Because we all know, porn isn’t real. People just don’t have sex for hours on end, continually orgasming and demanding more in beautiful settings with god-like bodies. And if you think that’s what your sex life is like 100% of the time, try filming yourself having sex. It’s hot, but most of the time the sound of flesh slapping, awkward position changing and giggles tend to “ruin” that image of perfection you might have conjured up. And when I say ruin – I don’t really mean that at all. Sex isn’t meant to be perfect (in my mind at least). You and your partner(s) should have imperfections and sexuality oddities that make things all the more interesting. But I digress.
Where things get interesting is how this virtual representation of our sexualities starts to affect our sex lives in real life. Indeed, just as those stories told around a cave fire eventually had a major impact on people’s lives and history, porn is reshaping the way we have sex and even perceive each other. I mean for someone to go and get plastic surgery, just so he or she can resemble the “perfect” body of a pornstar, requires a massive influence. That’s a life-changing decision. In the same way, changing your sex habits is equally as important. I for one am guilty of changing my sex life to fit what I see in porn. I’ve found I get bored for example without a variety of positions or my partner wearing lingerie.
I was recently listening to one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts in which he interviews a sociologist, Nicholas Christakis, specializing in evolutions in human behavior. They talked about the impact, for example, of AI on children and the possible consequences sex robots might bring to our relationships. One thing is certain, these innovations in technology will have a deep impact on our lives. If anyone has seen the movie Her with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, or even Ex Machina these are prime takes on how AI can and probably will change our relationships.
3DX, by creating these “unreal” creatures with perfect female bodies and giant cocks, for example, has generated a very present and demanding audience, of which I am myself a part. Sure, the genre encompasses straight porn too – but just like regular porn, it enhances sex and the bodies of its characters. Perhaps, the important difference here is we are able to easily separate ourselves from 3DX scenarios – we know it’s not real. But that doesn’t stop it from having an impact on our lives. And perhaps one day it will be impossible to separate 3DX from reality.
However, I’m by no means saying this is a having an all negative impact. We are idolizing the characters within 3DX – these creatures of stunning yet odd beauty. We are therefore elevating them – to a near god status perhaps. But in doing so we are equally celebrating difference – a key factor to becoming a more open and accepting society. Of course, dickgirls with twelve or even fifteen-inch cocks don’t exist in real life (although who knows what the future might bring), but they represent change and difference. These characters are often conflicted or shy individuals, desperate to be accepted, just like many in the LGBT community. By accepting and promoting 3DX we are therefore helping to create a more open society.
Just like the gods in American Gods, 3DX characters only exist through our collective “worship”. However, as virtual reality continues to grow and the lines of reality blur, perhaps these characters will have a far greater impact on our lives, and hence be more “real” than any god? Soon, unlike Odin, Freya or Loki, we will literally be able to touch these creatures in a virtual environment – perhaps even indistinguishable from the real one. The expression “touched by (the) god(s)” will have a whole new meaning. If a goddess with eight arms or a half man, half spider can exist in our collective belief systems, then why can’t a female angel with a dick?
Again, I’m not here to deny people’s beliefs or faith or even give an insight into my own. I’m just commenting on the evolving nature of porn and sex, how this could reshape our relationships and how it might relate to other beliefs.