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posted Friday, February 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 6

Porn: A force for equality?
Study says exposure to pornography boosts support for same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new study published in the professional journal Communication Research says that the more porn straight men watch, the more open they become to the idea of same-sex marriage.

'Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men, especially less-educated heterosexual men, watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage,' Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright, the lead researcher, said.

Wright and study co-author Ashley Randall, of the University of Arizona, looked at data from studies of 500 heterosexual men over the past five years, funded by the National Science Foundation.

They found that the level of pornography consumption was predictive of increased support for same-sex marriage over time.

PORN 'NON-JUDGMENTAL'
'Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of nontraditional sexual behaviors, and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex,' Wright said.

'If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same sex.

'Since a portion of individuals' sexual attitudes come from the media they consume,' Wright added, 'it makes sense that pornography viewers would have more positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage.'

NOT GOOD FOR WOMEN
Another unrelated study found that when straight men frequently watch porn the self-confidence of their women partners declined, and they reported being less happy and less satisfied with their relationships.

Women's sex lives were also damaged if their partners preferred virtual ways of arousing themselves instead of sleeping with them, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

Destin Stewart, a clinical psychology intern at the University of Florida, began studying the issue after one of her patients explained she was having difficulty with her porn-addicted partner. Stewart surveyed 308 straight women students aged 18 to 29, asking them to complete online questionnaires about how often their partners viewed porn.

They were also asked about how sexually satisfied they were, how much self-esteem they had, and how they rated the quality of their relationship.

The results showed a strong statistical link between men viewing porn and their women partners becoming unhappy. When women thought that their partner was a heavy porn user, or a 'porn addict,' it also had a negative impact on their self-esteem and general sexual satisfaction.

COMMUNICATION IS VITAL
Stewart said that the key to solving the issue was to get couples to talk frankly about what they wanted.

'It's just about trying to do some education about what is realistic and unrealistic and trying to get couples to be honest about what their wants and needs and desires are,' she said.

Some media experts estimate that one-third of all Internet traffic is porn.

The biggest porn site on the web, Xvideos, records more than four billion page views and 350 million unique visits per month, according to figures released last spring.

The only sites that generate more traffic are Google and Facebook, according to an investigation carried out by ExtremeTech.

The report uncovered the viewing figures for Xvideos from Google's DoubleClick Ad Planner, which uses cookies to gather information about users.



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