Thursday, December 3, 2009

Porn doesn't affect how men view women... says 20 dudes  

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There's no other way to introduce this story than Tracy Clark-Flory's (of Salon.com) way:

It's official: Pornography doesn't affect men's view of women. This breaking news comes by way of 20 young men who ... just say so, OK? Stop asking so many questions, gosh!

Basically, a researcher in Montreal conducted a study, funded by the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence Against Women, on how pornography shapes how men view women. The researcher determined that since less than two dozen 20-something hetereosexual guys say that "they don't want their partner to look like a porn star," porn has absolutely no affect whatsoever on how the rest of the male population views women!

Wow. Wow. The researcher, Simon Louis Lajeunesse, even says:

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.

Wait a minute. Last I checked, sexual orientation was something that we can't change, and ideas/beliefs/perceptions are things that we... can change... right? So, wait, why are we comparing them? Oh right, because this study is crap. I'm glad Tracy Clark-Flory points this out.

I don't doubt that most young men do not want their partner to look like a porn star and that X-rated flicks can be part of an innocuous -- and even healthy -- private fantasy life. It's just -- this isn't science. You don't determine the impact of porn by merely asking a small sampling of typical dudes whether it changed their view of women. If it's all they have known (since the age of 10 for most of the study participants), how the heck are they supposed to evaluate how it changed their view of women?

Not buying it.

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1 comments: to “ Porn doesn't affect how men view women... says 20 dudes


  • April 12, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

    I think it is good that men who watch porn don't expect everyday women to be like one. To most guys, porn is just something to aid in masturbation, which is totally fine. I do not think that porn has an effect on how the average guy would view his girlfriend, friend, what ever. You don't hear too much about men asking their significant others to wear 8 inch heels and cake on the make up for sex. Believe it or not, guys are pretty down to Earth.