There is an increasing prevalence of unhealthy incest themes in porn. While some porn is healthy and arousing, the incest saturation in porn is anything but healthy.

Even though porn is a fantasy, it is a reality for those who lack thorough sex education, and it is these viewers who concern me. Porn is full of categories such as the neighbor’s daughter, amateur porn, teenage porn and fantasy and real sex. These and many other categories are constantly barraged by incest.

It is inconceivable that dad-daughter, dad step-daughter, mom-son, mom step-son or brother sister sexual encounters can be healthy. Incest disrupts families. Incest is sexual trauma, whether consensual or not.

There are plenty of studies about incest. Incest is not a behavior that should be normalized through the eyes of unbalanced pornographers. Porn actors act out these scenes, but I wonder if they feel they are in any way contributing to a balanced view of sex or relationships. My guess is they rationalize that it is just a fantasy, and so it cannot be taken seriously.

These porn actors and actresses are dead wrong. I know because I occasionally get sex therapy clients who attempt to view incest as an OK behavior because they saw it in porn. No! Anyone who believes that porn is an accurate and comprehensive source of sex education is in the clouds.

This does not mean that all porn is bad or destructive. Most porn is exciting enough for viewers of both sexes to masturbate to. I may have to modify this statement in the future if pornographers continue to inundate viewers with incest themes.

I realize that some may not believe that a porn fantasy focused on incest is harmful, but they are wrong. I have had clients who have had sex with animals and some have experienced some sexual expression with family members. Most incest I have identified occurred many years ago, but I fear that the strong influence of today’s incest-ridden porn may make some think incest is normal.

Again, they are wrong. Most consensual sex is great and thrilling and normal. I do not believe that a parent and a child having sex can be consensual. Nor can sex with a much older person and a person who is twelve or thirteen be consensual.

Who needs incest? There are plenty of available people for sex without focusing on family members. Incest is unnecessary, unhealthy and illegal. Incest can also lead to inbreeding, which is a breakdown in the genetic pool causing abnormal physical and mental features.

Why not focus on healthy fantasies—which can orchestrate arousing and satisfying sexual experiences? This what I do daily in my sex therapy practice.