Animated Porn

And why, according to science and psychology, that’s perfectly okay.

Sure, when taking your first glimpse into the world of animated porn, you might be put off. Particularly because within the genre, there exists an entire universe of perverse, shocking, and sometimes downright filthy clips and streams. But look a little closer and you might just find something that has millennials (and a number of other generations) a bit hot under the collar (belt?). Animated porn has skyrocketed in popularity within the last few years, with some of the biggest purveyors of animated porn are reporting huge increases in viewership.

And on that second glance, you’ll soon come to the realization that it’s no wonder that the genre has become so incredibly popular. Animated porn, cartoon porn, Machina porn, 3D monster porn— whatever digital porn rabbit hole you find yourself in, is a world filled with colorful graphics, gravity and reality-defying feats, and some really impressive power play. All which comes without any baggage whatsoever. Because these worlds are totally contrived, as in, not real in any way, the steamy scenes that are depicted allow our erotic minds to go on an all-expenses-paid holiday, where we’re no longer left to wonder if the actors genuinely agreed to that, or who the hell is going to clean up that mess later.

Which if you’re anything like me, can be a huge distraction when it comes to getting down with regular porn. Now, I’m not saying that mainstream, live-action porn is a turn-off. It has its place within my menagerie of spank material— but every so often there is that nagging aberration of the human element. The fluids, the murky waters of consent and ethical treatment, and frankly— the standard tropes that just get a bit— old. This is where animated porn steps up in a big way.

So What’s the Deal With Animated Porn?

Much like I enjoy watching a bit of BDSM now and again, and have been known to frequent the MILF/Son-in-law streams every so often, what turns on my imagination isn’t actually something I would be interested in engaging in myself. Just because I’m interested in weird power plays in my sexual mind, has absolutely no bearing on what I do with my actual genitals, and vice-versa. And there’s a reason for this.

See, there are basically two types of sexual arousal, subjective arousal, and physical arousal. Subjective arousal is what our brains find sexually stimulating. There are the things that make us feel turned on. Physical arousal is literally how whatever your packing in your pants responds to sexual stimuli. I.e., when those who have a penis get hard, or those who have a vagina “get wet” (there’s a whole thing about physical arousal not actually being correlated with natural lubricant levels, but that’s for another day). The relationship between the two has been dubbed “arousal concordance” or “arousal no concordance” depending on whether or not your bits are in sync with your brain.

And like pretty much everything sexual, biological men and women respond differently when it comes to arousal concordance. Humans with penises tend to be much more arousal concordant than humans with vaginas, where about 50% of the time, those sporting woods are not only turgid, but also turned on mentally. Wherewith those of us who have vaginas, this happens only about 10% of the time. So while our genitals might be saying “YES!” To a demon tentacle raping a young waif, our minds might not be fully on board. Where our minds want something of a different flavor— say a slightly muscled man gently carrying us to a bedroom filled with rose petals, our genitals may remain nonplussed.

Arousal no concordance is a hotly debated topic— specifically when it comes to viewing types of porn, or using sexual relevant imagery that may not align with our mental motivations (or genital), in order to get ourselves in the mood. Largely because of its ties to the myth of “she was wet, so she was into it”. Because it’s been found that women (trans people, intersex people, people with vaginas at large) have this huge occurrence of arousal no concordance, so we also have a tendency to feel alienated by it thanks to the negative burden’s society has assigned to it; as opposed to using it to our sexual advantage.

By which I mean, being totally okay with watching cartoon representations of some raw, and seriously off the wall, sexual phenomenon’s, and being perfectly okay with the fact our genitals are responding to it. Using arousal no concordance to its full potential can be really liberating, especially when you realize that it means you can watch porn that you find arousing, without actually wanting to engage in those behaviors yourself, and not feel the need to explain this completely natural happenstance to anyone. Which is one reason why animated porn may be making such a huge impact with our current generation. As we begin to stop shaming ourselves for getting turned on (either by brain or by bits) in the first place.

Animated Porn Offers a Departure from Reality

This is the really great thing about animated porn— it really highlights the line between real and pretend. Between fantasy and reality, or between bits and brain. Because these worlds are animated, fake, digitally rendered, it allows our more base instinctual processes (i.e. our genitals) to react toward sexually relevant stimuli without having to engage with the sticky situations that reality can often insert. There are no digital STDs, no sentient cartoon emotions, or pain receptors. There is no one (or no cyborg animal) that is actually being hurt in these hypersexual representations.

Animated porn allows the sexual imagination to unfurl. Women can magically sprout penises, and men with unicorn heads can have the most epic set of breasts imaginable. Possibly even better: in these fever dreamscapes of hypersexuality, unicorns exist and they can get it on with just about anything. Without “the carnal, often visceral aesthetic of pornography [as it] zooms in on human bodies, their parts, orifices, and excretions…” as one paper Monstrous Resonances: Affect and Animated Pornography succinctly puts it. In essence, the paper suggests that animated porn allows us to explore our more… fringe… sexual appetites without having to deal with all of the “ethical baggage” (their words) that live-action porn brings with it.

The study even goes as far as to note that “[respondents report] enjoying hardcore scenarios of domination, submission, and even rape both within and beyond animated content, all the while emphasizing that, if experienced in real life, these would be among the worst things imaginable, and in no way desirable or acceptable.” Suggesting once again that our porn preferences don’t necessarily mirror the things, we would like to experience IRL. So, while our generation may be really into the insane, brutal, and sometimes gross— depictions of animated porn, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Because watching animated porn is perfectly normal, and just because it turns you on, doesn’t mean you’re looking to get anally raped by a tree demon anytime soon.

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