Are the effects of pornography negligible?

A Université de Montréal researcher, funded by the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence Against Women, has launched a new study to examine the effects of pornography on men. "We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography. We couldn't find any," says Simon Louis Lajeunesse, a postdoctoral student and professor at the School of Social Work.

"The objective of my work is to observe the impact of pornography on the sexuality of men, and how it shapes their perception of men and women," says Lajeunesse. To do so, he has so far recruited and interviewed 20 heterosexual male university students who consume pornography.

"They shared their sexual history starting with their first contact with pornography, which was in early adolescence. Not one subject had a pathological sexuality. In fact, all of their sexual practices were quite conventional," says Lajeunesse.

The research concluded that 90 percent of pornography is consumed on the Internet, while 10 percent comes from video stores. On average, single men watch pornography three times a week for 40 minutes. Those who are in committed relationships watch it on average 1.7 times a week for 20 minutes.

Lajeunesse found most boys seek out pornographic material by the age of 10, when they are most sexually curious. However, they quickly discard what they don't like and find offensive. As adults, they will continue to look for content in tune with their image of sexuality. They also rarely consume pornography as a couple and always choose what they watch.

All test subjects said they supported gender equality and felt victimized by rhetoric demonizing pornography. "Pornography hasn't changed their perception of women or their relationship which they all want as harmonious and fulfilling as possible. Those who could not live out their fantasy in real life with their partner simply set aside the fantasy. The fantasy is broken in the real world and men don't want their partner to look like a porn star," says Lajeunesse.

Lajeunesse refutes the perverse effect often attributed to pornography. "Aggressors don't need pornography to be violent and addicts can be addicted to drugs, alcohol, gaming and asocial cases are pathological. If pornography had the impact that many claim it has, you would just have to show heterosexual films to a homosexual to change his sexual orientation."

Source: University of Montreal (news : web)

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Dec 01, 2009
So the end result is yet another need for making sure children develop the proper idealism for healthy relationships instead of letting the "streets" teach the children.

Dec 02, 2009
ah well, I guess 20x people is not that representative for a general study on men's sexuality, but it suggests some ideas for an extensive study.

Dec 02, 2009
you are very brave or very naive to publish this without first studying the motivations and behavior patterns of those who are apposed to the existence and use of pornography. I'm not one of them, but I can't see them letting something like your study go unchallenged. Their approach to challenging beliefs such as the ones your data support is not what you would consider based in science but has proven effective for them in the past. Let's hope they don't notice or choose collectively that ignoring your work is in their best interest.

Dec 02, 2009
in the past we had less porn more real mates. she is completely ignorant that a man would rather spend time having sex with a real partner than a video. however, with hookup culture, and the fact that short term preferences are in play, MOST males do not have this access the way the other culture created. (hey, most girls now have no chance to show off their other qualities since sex is the overwhelming selector and to inhibit it is wrong. that way you cant see her brains past her body parts... same with the men... the chinese girls seem to be snatching up the best MATES rather than caring about the momentary thrills).

in the past, we were able to push sex to the back burner so could think clearly as to our mates. the less we could do that, the less equal mating was!!! the less equal mating was, the more necessary porn became, and the more money would be made making each new scene more novel than the rest.

like the aristocats joke, there is only so much they can do.

Dec 02, 2009
There is one aspect which has not been taken into account here...Quebecer's approach to sexuality is more open than it is in the rest of the country. Demographics seem to have been totally ignored. Believe it or not, the people in this province are a lot more European in their views, which is why they've been claiming for so long that they are a distinct society. And while I don't disclaim the fact that porn plays an important role in society, the results would have been different if the study had been done in Kansas (for example).

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