What is porn?

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Re: What is porn?

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PaulB wrote: Thu Apr 07, 2022 10:25 am
Irnmyk wrote: Tue Apr 05, 2022 8:54 amThat sounds like "situational ethics" to me.
So if I say it's okay for me to have sex with my wife, but not with any other woman, do you see that as "situational ethics"?

The "situation" in both is about who you are with, and God is kind of clear about that.
I don't know how in the world you drew that conclusion from what I said. I see the situation you present - having sex with your wife only - as following God's Law.

Any occurrence can be termed a "situation", so the term could be used to define that, but my use of "situational ethics" refers to adapting the rules to fit the situation - like, I can only have sex with my wife, but I'm marooned on a desert island with a woman not my wife, possibly forever, so that will be OK for this situation now.

I stand by my use of the term for what @David put forward. He stated that any watching of porn is sin. Period. He wasn't ambiguous about it. He also stated (at that stage of the threads) that my making a video of me and my spouse in the privacy of our home is porn, by virtue I suppose of some definition that he applies to porn. But watching it, "the porn we made", if it is only the two of us watching it, is not sin, but rather OK. That's changing his position to fit the situation, which is "situational ethics" to my way of understanding that term.

If @David had said, no, your making that home video is porn and watching it is porn, and thereby, is sin, (the title of his thread was "Can watching porn ever NOT be sinful" - my take on those words to mean that he is stating that it always is) I wouldn't have agreed with him, necessarily, but I would have respected him for standing on his principle.
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Re: What is porn?

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Irnmyk wrote: Thu Apr 07, 2022 10:49 amI don't know how in the world you drew that conclusion from what I said.
Sorry for the confusion on my part.
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Re: What is porn?

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Actually if you look at my clarification on the other thread, I was trying not to define whether a husband and wife making videos or photographs of themselves is porn or not. I was trying to say that *if* someone thinks that's porn, I don't want to have an argument with them about the precise definition of porn, but I don't think that it would necessarily be sinful, and I can't think of any other situation in which watching porn wasn't sinful.

A basic working definition of pornography would be images, videos or writing that graphically depict the genitals, breasts or sexual acts with the intention of giving sexual arousal to the viewer.
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