Are the effects of pornography negligible?

Yes, according to a very-widely reported piece of research by “Simon Louis Lajeunesse, a postdoctoral student and professor at the School of Social Work”, who was conducting the study with funding from the University of Montreal’s ‘Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence Against Women’.

That said, AFP reports that the sample size was only 20 men. So perhaps suggesting the debate over pornography’s potential ill effects is now over might involve just a smidge of hyperbole..?

4 thoughts on “Are the effects of pornography negligible?

  1. The comments attributed to the researcher make one wonder if he has enough background; e.g., “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.”

    That’s because the foes of pornography claim it changes heteros’ sexual orientation? Don’t think so. Maybe because some foes claim it makes hetero men want to brutalize women? No, that doesn’t work. O, because some foes say it leads hetero men to want to rape? And the connection between that and homosexual orientation is….????

  2. I have heard this quote repeated often: “We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography. We couldn’t find any.” It is usually cited to show that porn is normal and healthy, because all men view it. But I think “never” might have been a little strong as a criterion. I would not count by those standards, yet I don’t consume porn.

    I agree, jj, that line is troubling. I also thought this line was troubling: “They also rarely consume pornography as a couple and always choose what they watch.” So they are for gender equality and want a great and fulfilling relationship with their partner, yet they “always choose what they watch”? There seems to be some tension there.

  3. Yikes, Heather, that site is frightening. It made me think of another interesting thing about this study: when trying to determine the effects of pornography, it studied only men. Then concluded the effects are negligible (in a general, universal).

    When I saw that site you linked to, there was an effect on me, which was ye gads is this how the male professors I meet view me?

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