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Why do men like to view pornography?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
If you can't understand why men are so attracted to -- and, increasingly, dependent on -- porn, that's probably because you're a woman. Male arousal is pretty straightforward: They see something sexy, neurons start firing, blood starts rushing to the genitals, and bang -- they're ready for action. That's one reason why Viagra has proven so successful with men, but "female Viagra" has basically been a bust. Men respond much more readily to external visual triggers whereas women can see something sexy, recognize it as sexy, but not necessarily want to have sex.

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