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Is it weird for girls to look at porn?

I'm a 14-year-old girl. I often look at porn on the computer at home. Is there anything wrong with that? My friends don't talk about stuff like that, but I know guys do.

It is not weird for girls to look at porn. Many girls and women have looked at porn at some point in their lives. And sometimes women and men watch porn together. You are right though, that guys are more likely than girls to talk about and look at porn on a regular basis.

People look at porn for all sorts of reasons: because they are curious, to see female or male bodies, to see people having sex, to get sexually aroused, etc. Porn is interesting exactly because we don't often see naked bodies or people having sex.

But there are some big problems with porn. Porn often shows women only as objects, as bodies, rather than showing women as full human beings. Porn shows people doing things that you may not want to do yourself. Porn focuses just on sex and does not show the closeness, love and connection which many people think are an important part of sex. And porn sometimes shows men being violent and cruel towards women or other men.

So porn can teach people some unhealthy and negative messages about sex and relationships.

It is perfectly normal for young people to be curious about and interested in sex and relationships. But looking at porn is not a good way to find out about sex, whether you're a girl or a guy. There are some great books for girls, such as "It's a Girl Thing" by Belinda Henwood and "Everygirl's Lifeguide" by Miriam Stoppard.

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