This strip was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend of mine, several years ago. She’d just seen her first ever pornographic film, and commented that “it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected”. I then had to explain to her that she’d got lucky, and just happened to see something that fell within her notion of acceptability. She could just as easily have been exposed to something that would have been far worse than she’d expected.

The odd thing about pornography, though, is just how quickly arousal can turn into horror – as I’m sure many drunken tourists to Bangkok can testify! There’s only a very small step from “I’m enjoying this”, through “I’m not sure, but I’ll give it a try” and into “URGH!”. Or to put it in graph form…

Of course that’s a gross oversimplification. For a start there’s no single measure for “Intensity of porn” that can be used on the x-axis — one man’s fetish is another man’s perversion. And the “OMG” crossing point tends to move to the right with time and experience (or, in the case of this comic’s Grey, gets reset back to the left). But everyone has their limit, and whilst it can be fun to push the boundaries of your sexual tastes, just be careful not to push them too far: mind bleach doesn’t really exist.

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↓ Transcript
G1: I went to one of your Filmnesia sessions for 'Seven'. It was great — if a little disturbing — to see it for the first time all over again.

So I've decided to take it a step further. I'm going to wipe my memory completely

G2: What, everything?

G1: Just all the fiction…

Every film, every book, every TV programme. I get to experience them all over again, as though it's the first time.

[Caption: The following day…]

G2: So you really did it then? You really wiped every bit of fiction from your mind?

G1: Yep. Time to start working my way through all the books and DVDs I own to experience them all again.

G2: You'd best start offf with some simple stuff.

G1: What do you mean?

G2: Well, some things are just too complex, or too much work for you to dive straight into them.

So rather than jumping straight to "Hostel", for example, you should start off with "A Nightmare on Elm Street".

You need to prime yourself with simple things before your brain will be able to absorb the really advanced or extreme stuff.

[Scene: Outside a closed door labelled "Dormitory"]

G1 (from behind the door): Noooooo! My eyes! My eyes! I need some mind bleach!!!

G2: I guess that advice applies to his porn collection as well.