Thoughts about animated porn?

Submitted by hotelcali on
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It's kind of embarrassing to bring up, but I was just wondering what it might show about my addiction/ mental state if I include the fact that I find animated porn stimulating. Obviously it's pure fantasy since the over-sexualized women with outrageous proportions don't exist in the real world. I grew up watching anime, so maybe going through puberty while looking at idealized, animated women helped make that connection? I still find real women stimulating, but just wanted to hear what others thought about it or if it was a part of their addiction as well.

A good question

I've been known to struggle with this as well...

My thoughts are that yes, it is just as harmful as any other porn, and no, we can't get away with looking at it without hindering our reboots. Dopamine is dopamine; whatever fires up the dopamine, whether real or animated, is harmful to the reboot.

I'll paraphrase Marnia and Gary who have said this many times before--the kind of porn doesn't matter, the fetish doesn't matter; whatever gets you off is reinforcing the addiction and that's that.

In fact I'd argue that animation can be MORE stimulating (as you've kind of pointed out yourself) because things can be hyper-perfected to taste. To me that is actually scary because so much escalation is possible.

I highly recommend avoiding any kind of porn at all, period (or any other non-porn thing that gets you off). It's really tough, but I think that is the only real path out of this thing.

Well said, kurisu

Your brain fires in response to whatever it associated with "fertilization" in the past. It doesn't know a real boob from a melon. It just remembers how you reacted to a certain constellation of cues. Ideally, you (and your ancestors) would have been reacting to real potential partners, and a combination of flirting, touch, visual stimuli, etc. Just wiring to pixels of any kind is risky, because your brain fires in response to a deception of sorts, and then remembers it as "valuable."

See:

What stimuli must I avoid during my reboot (did I relapse)?